“I moved on her very heavily … I moved on her like a bitch.”––Donald Trump in 2005
Today The Atlantic begins “I Moved on Her Very Heavily,” publishing the first in what will be an ongoing series of interviews by E. Jean Carroll with women who, like Carroll, alleged that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted by Donald Trump. Carroll’s interviews will run regularly up until the November 3 election.
You may think you know these stories, but you’ve never heard them like this, or in such intimate, expansive detail. As the interviews accumulate, so too does the weight of each woman’s own lived experience and accusations against the president––who, unlike so many other powerful men, has remained unscathed by the #MeToo recknowing. Carroll writes: “Nineteen, or 25, or 43 women have come forward to accuse Trump of ogling, grabbing, groping, mauling, or raping them. The women say they dodged, ran, froze, ducked, resisted, or laughed at him; and we all stood up, spoke out, got dragged through the mud, belittled, and besmirched.”
Carroll’s voice—at turns raucous and searingly direct—combines with those of her fellow accusers to form a stirring chorus of condemnation against the man they say degraded them. “Oh yes, surprised reader, we accusers scream with laughter,” Carroll writes in today’s launch essay. We read of shock, disgust, hurt, violation, and yes, laughter. We learn how each woman tried to grapple with the alleged assault at the time, and how each, ultimately, decided to go public with her accusation.