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BUZZFEED: Trump Walked in on Teen Pageant Contestants

Good Wednesday morning. Just as Republicans are grappling with whether to support their own presidential nominee, with Donald Trump saying he has been “unshackled” from party leadership, fresh allegations come out that could prove even more damaging than the others. The news couldn’t come at a worse time for Trump, who is trying to stave off a complete political campaign meltdown as Democrats look to expand the map to states like Georgia, North Carolina and beyond.

SIREN — “Teen Beauty Queens Say Trump Walked In On Them Changing: ‘Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all before,’” by BuzzFeed’s Kendall Taggart, Jessica Garrison and Jessica Testa: “Four women who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said that Donald Trump walked into the dressing room while contestants — some as young as 15 — were changing. ‘I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a man in here,’ said Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA. Trump, she recalled, said something like, ‘Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all before.’

“Three other women, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of getting engulfed in a media firestorm, also remembered Trump entering the dressing room while girls were changing. Two of them said the girls rushed to cover their bodies, with one calling it ‘shocking’ and ‘creepy.’ The third said she was clothed and introduced herself to Trump. Eleven of that year’s contestants reached by BuzzFeed News did not recall seeing Trump in the dressing room. Some said they do not believe he could have been there.

“Discussion of Trump entering the room arose among the women themselves last weekend in a private Facebook group after BuzzFeed News reported that a contestant in an adult pageant said Trump had walked into the changing room when ‘we were all naked.’ The Facebook group is open only to some former contestants in the 1997 pageant, according to several women who are in it and who described the exchange about Trump to BuzzFeed News.”




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