“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” she said, adding: “I don’t know what you call that when you’re sticking your tongue just down someone’s throat. Via his lawyers, Trump denied in the strongest possible terms having ever harassed, abused or behaved improperly toward Morris.
Morris, who lives in Florida, provided the Guardian with evidence to support her account of her encounters with Trump, including her ticket to the US Open and six photos showing her with the real estate magnate over several days in New York. All said Morris had shared with them details of the alleged incident that matched what she later told the Guardian.
Morris said she spent several days with Trump in September 1997 after being taken to New York for a long weekend by her then boyfriend, Jason Bin. At the time, Morris was living with friends in Boca Raton, Florida, regularly travelling to Miami for modelling and occasional acting work.
Amy Morris sat between Donald Trump and Jason Bin at the US Open in Queens 1997 The couple were joined by other friends of Trump in his private box, a luxury carpeted suite that had a balcony overlooking the court. Photos from the day show Morris alongside Trump and his friend Marylou Whitney.
But I still wasn’t processing it and just was trying to go back to talking to everyone and having a good time because, I don’t know, I felt pressured to be that way.” Morris cannot recall if she told Bin the full details of the alleged assault, but she says she asked him to tell Trump to leave her alone.
Morris said that soon after the alleged incident, she phoned a friend who lived in the city and told them what had happened. She said Trump did not seriously assault her again during her stay in New York, but that he continued to pursue her despite her firm rejection of his advances.
The day after the alleged assault, Morris and Bin returned to Trump ’s box at the US Open. Morris said she decided to wear a “conservative” outfit of khakis, a blue knit sweater and loafers in an effort to discourage further advances from Trump.
The couple stopped off at Trump ’s apartment in Trump Tower on the way, where they posed for photographs with celebrities who were also visiting the real estate tycoon before attending the tennis, including the musicians Lenny Gravity and Sean Combs, AKA Puff Daddy. Morris said Trump continued to pursue her, asking questions such as: “Could you see yourself living here?” “It didn’t matter that I changed my clothes, it was still the same situation,” she said.
Later they were joined in Trump ’s box by more VIP guests, including Leonardo DiCaprio and the illusionist David Blaine, with whom they posed for photographs. Two days later, on 8 September 1997, Morris said she attended a memorial service for Gianni Versace with Bin and Trump.
Asked why she continued to spend time with Bin and Trump in the days after the alleged assault, Morris said: “I was there from Florida, and I was with Jason. They said Morris had never raised the allegations with a law enforcement agency or to Trump, and said the timing of the claims so close to the November presidential election suggested they might be politically motivated.
The Guardian first heard about Morris’s accusation against Trump via a model agent she had worked with in Chicago, in whom she had confided. Morris first shared her allegation with the Guardian in confidence 15 months ago, but was unsure about going public.
She recently decided she was ready to take that step, in part to be a role model to her daughters, who are now in their teens. Meme Status Confirmed Type: Photoshop Year 2000 Origin Getty Images Tags Donald Trump, thick, tennis, photoshop battle, photoshopped, President Trump, trump memes, making fun of trump, tennis memes, Getty Images, santorumsandwich, nacholawbre, gascucksmemewarnow, all Sharpton, aid, Mar-a-Lago Additional References Meme Generator DonaldTrump's Tennis Photo refers to a photograph of United States President Donald Trump playing tennis while wearing a pair of white, semi-translucent shorts.
The photo inspired parody illustrations and numerous photoshops after it began circulating online in mid-2017. On February 13th, 2000, Donald Trump was photographed playing tennis at Mar-a-Lago while wearing an all-white outfit, with one photograph prominently featuring his backside in which the outline of his underwear can be seen showing through his shorts (shown below).
The photograph remained relatively unknown until June 22nd, 2017, when Dead spin posted it in an article titled “This Shitty Tennis Player Would One Day Be President.” Also, on June 22nd, 2017, Editor santorumsandwich invited viewers to post photoshops of the image on /r/photoshopbattles, where it gained over 1,300 points (85% voted) and 170 comments in one week.
On June 24th, Editor GasCucksMemeWarNow submitted the photo with the caption “Ain't no one vote Trump for his policies” to /r/dank memes (shown below, left). On June 25th, Instagram user Adam.the.creator posted a Photoshop of a selfie taken by civil rights activist Al Sharpton edited with Trump's tennis photo (shown below, right).
On June 28th, Shadmantweeted a parody illustration depicting Trump as a female anime character (shown below). After the photo began circulating online in mid-2017, it inspired parody illustrations and numerous photoshops.
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Sign up for the Guardian’s First Thing newsletter At noon on 20 January, presuming he doesn’t have to be dragged out of the White House as a trespasser, Donald Trump will make one last walk across the South Lawn, take his seat inside Marine One, and be gone. For the past four years Trump has been shielded from legal jeopardy by a justice department memo that rules out criminal prosecution of a sitting president.
The focus described in court documents is “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization” including possible bank fraud. Bob Bauer A second major investigation by the fearsome federal prosecutors of the southern district of New York has already led to the conviction of Trump ’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.
It all points to a momentous and fiendishly difficult legal challenge, fraught with political danger for the incoming Biden administration. Richard Nixon gestures in the doorway of helicopter after leaving White House following his resignation over the Watergate scandal, on 9 August 1974.
Photograph: Bill Pierce/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image Any attempt to hold Trump criminally liable in a federal prosecution would be a first in US history. No exiting president has ever been pursued in such a way by his successor (Richard Nixon was spared the ordeal by Gerald Ford’s contentious presidential pardon).
As head of one of the three main teams answering to the special counsel Robert Mueller, Weissmann had a ringside seat on what he calls Trump ’s “lawless White House”. In his new book, Where Law Ends, he argues that the prevailing view of the 45th president is that “following the rules is optional and that breaking them comes at minimal, if not zero, cost”.
Photograph: Mark Make la/Getty Images Bauer, who was an adviser to Biden during the presidential campaign but has no role in the transition team, is also worried that a sort of double immunity would be established. But he has also made clear that he would leave the decision to his appointed attorney general, following the norm of justice department independence that Trump has repeatedly shattered.
During the Democratic primary debates, Elizabeth Warren called for an independent task force to be set up to investigate any Trump corruption or other criminal acts in office. Weissmann points out that the Biden administration will have access to a wealth of documents that were previously withheld from Congress during the impeachment inquiry, including intelligence agency and state department files.
But the two most likely avenues for the pursuit of any criminal investigation would relate to Trump ’s use of his presidential pardon power and alleged obstruction of justice. Demonstrators display a banner urging Donald Trump to pardon his former campaign adviser Roger Stone, as the presidential motorcade passes through West Palm Beach, Florida, in March.
Twitter assessed two tweets sent by Trump on Friday morning as “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021”, the company said in a statement. It comes two days after a mob of Trump supporters violently stormed the US Capitol, wreaking havoc in an attack that has resulted in five deaths.
Even as the rampage continued, Trump tweeted in praise of the rioters, prompting Twitter to temporarily suspend his account, with a warning that any further infractions would lead to a permanent ban. On Thursday, Facebook banned Trump from posting on its platforms at least through Joe Biden’s inauguration, citing the risk of inciting violence, a move that increased pressure on Twitter to finally unplug the erratic president’s bullhorn.
“Our determination is that the two Tweets … are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.” A Twitter spokesperson said that Trump was not allowed to use other accounts to evade his ban and that the company would continue to remove his tweets.
“This is the outcome of years of inaction,” said Joan Donovan, an expert in misinformation and research director at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. Photograph: John Mitchell/AP While those statements may appear relatively innocuous in comparison to some of Trump ’s recent, heightened rhetoric, Twitter said that the president’s most avid and conspiracy-minded followers were not reading them as such during a particularly dangerous time.
On Friday, Twitter permanently suspended the accounts of Flynn, Powell and Watkins for violating its policy against “coordinated harmful activity”. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content,” a company spokesperson said.