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Ex-Miss USA contestant shames Huckabee Sanders for claiming Trump’s accusers are liars: ‘He’s bragged about it!’

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Samantha Holvey first came forward with her story about Donald Trump “personally inspecting” Miss USA pageant contestants in October 2016. On Monday, she reiterated her claims about her time during the 2006 pageant along with two other women who allege misconduct by the president, and in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Holvey insisted that she wasn’t reporting anything new.

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“He brags about this,” Holvey told the host. “It’s not that I’m accusing him — I’m simply verifying what he himself has said.”

The former pageant contestant referenced a 2005 interview with radio host Howard Stern, who boasted that because he owned the Miss USA pageant, he could watch the women change backstage.

“I‘ll tell you, the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready, and everything else,” Trump told Stern the year before Holvey appeared as Miss North Carolina. “No men are in there. I‘m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant, and I‘m inspecting it.”

“It’s just so disgusting that he brags about it and people are coming at me saying, ‘you’re lying, you’re lying,” Holvey said. “He’s bragged about it!”

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Burnett pointed out that although White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed on Monday to have “empathy” for women who’ve been assaulted and harassed, she’s also called Holvey and the 14 other women who’ve accused the president of harassment and assault liars.

Holvey also noted that she and many of her fellow accusers have been subject to taunts from Trump supporters claiming they’re not attractive enough for the president or that he “wouldn’t want” them — comments that express a fundamental misunderstanding of assault and harassment.

“It’s not like he was sexually attracted to me, it was that he felt powerful and he felt like he owned me, I was his property,” she said. “It’s his power and dominance and treating people like property that’s so disgusting.”

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Trump is flailing as his customary ‘brazen it out’ strategy fails to halt the Ukraine scandal

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It's easy to see why acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney decided it was time to move to the "brazen it out" phase of the administration's attempts to shut down Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal. The nose-thumbing method of PR has been highly effective for Trump since his campaign days, allowing him to steal the nickname "Teflon Don" from its original owner, infamous mafioso John Gotti. (Whose eventual fate — dying in prison — should, one hopes, give the current Teflon Don the night sweats.)

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Erdogan threatens to restart Syria operation after Trump insists Turkey ‘very much wants the ceasefire’

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Scattered fighting flared in northern Syria on Friday despite a ceasefire deal as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he would resume a full-scale operation against Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from a border "safe zone."

US President Donald Trump said Erdogan told him there had been "minor sniper and mortar fire" in the region "that was quickly eliminated" and the Turkish leader assured him in a call that "he very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work."

Mustefa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Turkey, however, of violating the ceasefire deal reached during a visit to Ankara on Thursday by US Vice President Mike Pence.

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Bizarre Trump fan has dreamed of sitting on president’s gold toilet since she was a child

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An event held at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. earlier this year featured a group of fanatical Trump supporters, including one who said she has dreamed for years of sitting on the president's gold toilet.

As the Washington Post reports, a June 22nd gala at Trump's D.C. hotel thrown by the organization Virginia Women for Trump to celebrate the president's birthday included a talk delivered by a woman named Lucretia Hughes, who said she has been fascinated by Trump ever since seeing a "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" that showed off a solid-gold toilet in his home.

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