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Alva Johnson's lawsuit could be a turning point for the presidency

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“Grab 'em the pussy” wasn't going to do it. Describing an Olympic ice skater as “wonderful looking while on the ice” but “built like a linebacker” with a “bad complexion” up close wasn’t going to do it. Telling a journalist who wrote about his bankruptcy that she had the “face of a dog” wasn’t going to do it. And calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty, mean enabler” because of her husband’s affairs certainly wasn’t going to do it. But now Alva Johnson, a former Trump 2016 staffer, has said that the president kissed her without her consent while they were attending a rally in Florida on the campaign trail. She’s filed a lawsuit against him in Tampa. And that may, ultimately, do it.

What’s different about Alva Johnson? Well, for one thing, she was a fully signed-up evangelist for the MAGA cause. Described in her lawsuit as “a highly accomplished African American woman”, she climbed the ladder in the Trump campaign and was promoted after numerous successes in outreach and operations. “To Defendant Trump, however,” the lawsuit continues, “Ms Johnson was nothing more than a sexual object he felt entitled to dominate and humiliate.” She was, her lawyer also alleges, paid less than similarly qualified male employees and less than her white compatriots, even those who were lower-ranked than her. The lawsuit adds that Johnson “seeks to bring this case as a collective action on behalf of female campaign employees who suffered unlawful pay discrimination at the hands of Defendant Donald J Trump for President, Inc”.

That might seem like an about-face for someone who decided to throw themselves in to electing someone like Trump for president. Aren’t those people the sorts who laugh when women get called pigs and dogs; who think a man should justifiably expect his wife to eschew her own career and make sure dinner is on the table as soon as he gets home from furthering his; who........

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