A former campaign aide is suing President Donald Trump for “forcibly kissing” her without her consent. In response, the president’s legal team released a video of the “incident” proving that she is lying.
A newly released video taken by a campaign staffer on their cell phone shows that Alva Johnson, who is currently suing Trump for “forcibly” kissing her during a 2016 campaign stop, is lying about what actually happened.
Johnson, who served as a Trump campaign staffer at the time of the alleged incident, filed a lawsuit on Feb 25, 2019 against Trump for battery and discrimination based on her race and gender.
As part of their disclosure to the court, Trump’s legal team shared a 15-second video they claim proves Johnson is lying about her encounter with then-candidate Trump.
“The Video shows that Plaintiff’s allegations in the Complaint that Mr. Trump “forcibly” kissed her, and kissed her “on the mouth,” are entirely false,” Trump’s lawyer, Charles J. Harder, wrote in a Motion for Protective Order he filed on behalf of the president.
He adds in the motion:
“In watching the Video, the only conclusion a reasonable person could reach is that the exchange was an innocent moment between a dedicated campaign staffer and the candidate for whom she was working—who was appreciative that she had just spent eight months away from her family on the campaign trail for his campaign. Then, after this very brief exchange, in which she appears to kiss him (or the air next to his face), she smiles, and then says ‘We’re going to get you in the White House and I’ll see you in February,’ meaning right after the Inauguration, which is held on January 20 after every Presidential election.”
“If Plaintiff had been attacked, as she alleges, one would expect a far different response than telling him she’ll help him get elected President of the United States,” the motion continues. “That is the response of a person who is moved in a positive way by her candidate’s show of appreciation and recognition of her dedicated service to his campaign. Moreover, the fact that the two are surrounded by campaign workers, supporters, members of law enforcement and the state’s then- Attorney General, in a small space, further suggests that an attack like the one Plaintiff alleges in her Complaint is all the more impossible.”
“The Video proves that Plaintiff has no legitimate claim for battery. It also proves that Plaintiff and her counsel have lied repeatedly to this Court,” Harder concluded.
There are a few main takeaways from the video.
One, it’s more than obvious to many that Trump did not “forcibly” kiss Johnson.
Just seconds before Trump barely kissed her on the cheek, Johnson actually smiles at Trump, reaffirms how much she supports him by saying “we’re going to get you in the White House,” and said she hadn’t seen her family “in eight months” so she could help get him elected.
Thirdly, the video appears to run counter to Johnson’s initial claims that Trump “grasped her hands and did not let go.”
Johnson claimed in her court filing that during the encounter, she “suddenly realized that Defendant Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth and attempted to avoid this by turning her head to the right. Defendant Trump kissed her anyway and the kiss landed on the corner of the mouth.”
During a deposition on Monday, Johnson confirmed that the incident on video is the one she described in her lawsuit.
In her own words, that video clearly shows that Trump did not grab her and forcibly kiss her.
Another day, another outrageous lie being told to smear the president.