BuzzFeed News reported on Sunday that Trump also walked through the dressing rooms at the 2000 Miss USA pageant, where he watched the naked contestants prepare backstage.
“I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,” Trump tells Howard Stern. The recordings were released by CNN on Saturday.
Trump continues, “No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it…. ‘Is everyone OK’? You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”
His words to Stern echo similar statements that were recorded on the 2005 tapes, in which Trump suggests that he can do whatever he wants with women because of his status.
In the spring, a former Miss New Hampshire told BuzzFeed a similar account of the incident, noting that Trump walked through the dressing rooms during the 2000 pageant and stared at the women while they were undressed.
She said at the time, “The time that he walked through the dressing rooms was really shocking. We were all naked.” The Trump campaign denied in May that such an incident ever occurred.
— Trump boasted of owning Miss USA pageant so he could watch naked contestants backstage: report, Erin Corbett, Raw Story, yesterday
If there’s any meaningful difference between this and someone peeping through his neighbor’s bedroom window when she’s changing her clothes, I wouldn’t know what that would be. Yet this has received almost no attention.
I’m curious: Do all those Trump fans who pass off the Boys-on-the-Bus admission of serial sexual assault as locker room banter think this, too, is what men in their mid-50s do? And talk about in the locker room?
I’m betting that this qualified as criminal voyeurism under New Jersey’s criminal code, even all the way back in 2000. Maybe Chris Christie, who’s still that state’s governor, can tell us.