Wait for it … they put forward a self-confessed child pimp as their main witness. https://t.co/UUj8IRFTMI
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) October 14, 2016
The New York Post has an article up which quotes an alleged eyewitness named Anthony Gilberthorpe who says he was on the same flight as Donald Trump and Jessica Leeds (the woman in the NYT article) and he says Trump did not grope her.
From the New York Post:
Donald Trump’s campaign says a British man is countering claims that the GOP presidential nominee groped a woman on a cross-country flight more than three decades ago.
The man says he was sitting across from the accuser and contacted the Trump campaign because he was incensed by her account — which is at odds with what he witnessed.
“I have only met this accuser once and frankly cannot imagine why she is seeking to make out that Trump made sexual advances on her. Not only did he not do so (and I was present at all times) but it was she that was the one being flirtatious,” Anthony Gilberthorpe said in a note provided to The Post by the Trump campaign.
In an exclusive interview arranged by the campaign, Gilberthorpe said he was on the flight — in either 1980 or 1981— where Jessica Leeds claimed Trump groped her.
According to the article, Gilberthorpe contacted the Trump campaign and the Trump campaign made him available to the New York Post. But, did team Trump vet this guy? At all?
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 14, 2016
Apparently Gilberthorpe was in the news in 2014 when he claimed to have “procured” boys “for sex parties with high ranking British politicians”:
— Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) October 14, 2016
You put forward another sexual predator. My god… https://t.co/orGSr99Ajb
— (((Jamie))) (@JmeMiller1974) October 14, 2016
"Gilberthorpe [said] that as a 17-year-old he procured boys (some who “could have been” underage”) for sex parties with British politicians" https://t.co/SaRGHev589
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) October 14, 2016
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) October 14, 2016
Is this the same Gilberthorpe who supplied underage boys to Tory members of UK Parliament? Good witness choice. https://t.co/J34lI48ZOb
— Scott Sands (@scottsands) October 14, 2016
Trump's exculpatory witness would have been a 17-year-old from Leeds sitting in first class on a Braniff flight from Texas to New York.
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) October 14, 2016
The New York Post even used the same image for its article that ran in the Mirror when Gilberthorpe made headlines in 2014:
If this report of organised child abuse is true Tory Anthony Gilberthorpe should be arrested immediately.http://t.co/kttYToOEJz
— Dr Paul Monaghan MP (@_PaulMonaghan) November 18, 2014
From the Mirror:
Senior Tory cabinet ministers were supplied with underage boys for sex parties, it is sensationally claimed.
Former Conservative activist Anthony Gilberthorpe said he told Margaret Thatcher 25 years ago about what he had witnessed and gave her names of those involved.
His allegations that he saw top Tories having sex with boys comes after David Cameron launched a Government inquiry into claims of a cover-up.
Anthony, 52, said: “I am prepared to speak to the inquiry. I believe I am a key witness.”
Trawling seedy streets during a Tory conference, Gilberthorpe says he was asked to find underage rent boys for a private sex party at a top hotel.
Does Kellyanne Conway really think this will help her candidate?
Update. This is the big evidence they were talking about?
Trump camp aide confirms to me that the NY Post witness report is the evidence Trump and Pence have been referring to past few days.
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) October 14, 2016
Update 2. More fabulist accusations against Gilberthorpe:
Trump's airplane witness once got the press to cover his imaginary engagement to a made-up fiancée. pic.twitter.com/kQF5zY3RUu
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 14, 2016
Update 3. More witnesses to come:
Man in NY Post story is just one of the witnesses, aide tells me. The campaign "doing due diligence. More witnesses are stepping forward."
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 14, 2016