- In an October 2022 deposition, Trump was asked about an article he wrote about E. Jean Carroll.
- In the post, Trump denied ever “passing out” Carroll, who accuses him of raping her.
- Trump said he used the term because “it’s a nicer word than the word that starts with an F.”
When former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social in October 2022 to deny sexually assaulting writer E. Jean Carroll, he wrote that his accuser was “not my type” and that he didn’t. had never “passed out”. A week later, a lawyer for Carroll had the opportunity to ask him what exactly he meant by that.
In 2019, Carroll accused Trump of raping her in the dressing room of a department store in the mid-1990s. Trump denied the accusation and called her a liar to sell books. She then sued him for defamation.
As part of that lawsuit, Trump was forced to sit for a deposition with Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on October 19, 2022, at Mar-a-Lago seven days after he was posted on social media. Parts of that deposition were released Friday and show a hostile former president threatening retaliatory lawsuits, not just against Carroll but Kaplan herself.
“What does ‘fainted her’ mean?” Kaplan asked the former president in an exchange.
Trump replied: “It would be a word, maybe accurate or not, having to do with talking to her and talking to her – doing an act that she thinks happened, that didn’t happen. And that is a nicer word than the word that starts with an F, and that would be the word I used because I thought it would be inappropriate to use the other word. And it didn’t happen. .
Merriam-Webster defines the verb “to pass out” as “to pass out” or “to rave”. In the deposition, Kaplan noted a similar definition, asking, “Isn’t that what you meant here?”
“Well,” Trump said, “that’s kind of what she said I did to her. She passed out with great emotion. She actually indicated that she liked it. D Okay? She loved it until the commercial break. Was sexy, wasn’t it? She said it was very sexy to be raped. Didn’t she say that?
In fact, Carroll didn’t say she liked the former president’s alleged assault or that she herself considered the rape “sexy.”
Instead, during a 2019 appearance on CNN, she said the alleged attack “wasn’t sexual. It just — it hurt,” which she contrasted with the ” “sexy” sexual assault fantasies.
Trump’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from an insider reporter.