E. Jean Carroll (C) walks out of a federal court, Manhattan, New York, December 9, 2022 (Seth Wenig/AP)
On May 9, a Manhattan jury found that Donald Trump sexually abused and defamed the writer E. Jean Carroll, ordering him to pay $5 million in damage.
The verdict did not stop Trump’s bullying and attempted intimidation of Carroll. Hours later, he called her a “whack job” on social jab, and he continued the verbal in a CNN Town Hall interview. On Tuesday, after Carroll filed a $10 million suit for further defamation, Trump filed a counter-suit claiming that he was the one who has been defamed.
I summarized and analyze Trump’s behavior in an interview with BBC Scotland on Wednesday.
First, this is political. Trump wants to get back into the White House, and it looks bad, to say the least, to have this conviction for sexual assault. Rather than let it lie, he’s going to try to effectively overturn it.
Second, it’s personal. As we saw in 2005 with the Access Hollywood tape, Trump doesn’t believe he has to be held accountable for what he does to women.
Third, he’s a bully. He has bullied E. Jean Carroll because he can’t accept that anyone can be seen to “win” against him.