President Trump, in one of his Tuesday morning tweets, expressed irritation with the continuing media coverage of Rachel Crooks, a woman who's made repeated media appearances to complain that Trump made improper advances when she approached him years ago in the lobby of Trump Tower.
The Washington Post ran a front-page story on Crooks on Tuesday with the title: "Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen." (Apparently no one has taken Crooks seriously because she's made so much out of so little so long ago.)
Crooks previously has told her story in TV appearances: She says while working as a receptionist at Trump Tower in 2006, she -- a naive 22-year-old from rural Ohio -- approached tycoon Donald Trump in the lobby and introduced herself. She says he pulled her in for a kiss on each cheek, asked her where she was from, asked her if she wanted to be model, and then kissed her on the lips.
"It felt like a long kiss," the Post quoted Crooks as saying at a recent gathering with her aunt's friends. "The whole thing probably lasted two minutes, maybe less."
Trump has previously issued blanket denials of the many harassment accusations made against him. But on Tuesday, he got specific:
"A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago. Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security cameras running. Another False Accusation. Why doesn’t @washingtonpost report the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me? One had her home mortgage paid off. Only @FoxNews so reported...doesn’t fit the Mainstream Media narrative," Trump tweeted.
Crooks, according to the Post, has never recovered from the trauma of what she says happened -- a kiss by the elevators in Trump Tower in 2006. Nope. In fact, she's "spent so much of the past decade recoiling from that moment, back behind the receptionist desk, back inside of her head," the article says. Trump "made her feel powerless."
As the Post tells it: "It was just a dreadful kiss, or at least that's what she kept trying to tell herself to quiet the confusion that had grown out of that moment, turning into shame, hardening into anxiety, an insecurity until nearly a decade later when she first started to read about other women whose accusations sounded so much like her own."
The article goes on and on, portraying Crooks as a woman who suffers from an anxiety made all the worse by the publicity she has sought and the hateful responses she has received.
As for Crooks' oft-repeated lament, the newspaper says she "has to keep asking herself: Will it ever make a difference?"
Crooks and more than a dozen other Trump accusers want Congress to investigate Trump's alleged sexual misconduct.
Oh, and let's not forget this tidbit: Crooks is now running for a seat in the Ohio Legislature.