Rupert Murdoch’s news empire is slipping in its unwavering support of President Trump. How else to explain the exclusive scoop on Page Six in The NY Post today? Well, desire for more readers and more revenue always outweighs political loyalty in the newspaper business, so there the headline is:
Ex-Fox News anchor claims Trump tried to kiss her
Delving beyond the headline makes it no less salacious. Juliet Huddy was a host on Fox News back in 2005, right around the time that Donald Trump got married to Melania. This was before Huddy exited the right-wing broadcaster after supposedly being one of the many women who received lucrative settlements with the network after complaining of sexual harassment by one Mr. Bill O’Reilly.
Here’s how Huddy described the experience in an interview on “Mornin!!! with Bill Schulz” on
“He took me for lunch at Trump Tower, just us two. He said goodbye to me in an elevator while his security guy was there, rather than kiss me on the cheek he leaned in to kiss me on the lips. I wasn’t offended, I was kind of like, ‘Oh my god’.” She said she want to meet a friend and Trump then invited them both back to see “The Apprentice” set, “And everything was copacetic after that.”
But she added, “I was surprised that he went for the lips. But I didn’t feel threatened … he took me out to lunch to talk about maybe me doing something with ‘The Apprentice.’ He used to watch ‘Fox & Friends,’ the show I was hosting on the weekend. Whatever, everything was fine. It was a weird moment. He never tried anything after that, and I was never alone with him.”
Huddy says that Trump made a joke about his awkward attempt at seduction when he appeared on her Morning talk show on Fox News a few years later:
“Trump was a guest and he came on stage, He said, to the audience and producers, not on camera, ‘I tried hitting on her but she blew me off.’ He was laughing. At the time I was not offended by it, I thought he was a single man and leaned in for a kiss… maybe he thought, ‘She’s been out to lunch with me and maybe she is interested.’
“Now I have matured I think I would say, ‘Woah, no’, but at the time I was younger and I was a little shocked. I thought maybe he didn’t mean to do it, but I was kind of making excuses. The elevator incident and the lunch was 2005 or 2006.”
Trump’s marriage to Melania took place in January 2005, in case you were wondering whether Trump’s libido was affected by his matrimonial vows.
As a colleague of Bill O’Reilly’s at Fox News, Huddy did say she was upset by Trump’s defense of the embattled former Fox kingpin.
“I’ve seen him [Trump] many times over the years and he’s always been nice….When all the stuff came out about Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump was one of the people who said, ‘I don’t believe this happened and I don’t believe he did it’… I was actually very disappointed in Trump, I thought, ‘You know what, f–k you.’ He [Trump] has met me a bunch of times and he knows I am not [a liar]”
Well, Ms. Huddy, at least that can be said about one of the two of you. Then again, Trump is caught on tape telling the truth at least once:
“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Oh wait, now he’s saying that’s someone else’s voice. Al Franken’s perhaps?
Seriously, why do we hold the President to a lesser standard than actors, comedians, and Senators? Here’s another credible allegation of behavior no better than that which Franken resigned from the Senate over. It’s time for equal accountability, not endorsing pedophiles.