One of Donald Trump’s former girlfriends is pushing back on a New York Times story, saying her comments were distorted to smear him.
The remarks from Rowanne Brewer Lane, a former model who is the centerpiece of the Times story, invigorated Trump and his supporters and rallied conservatives of all stripes behind their common enemies: the media and The New York Times, in particular.
“Unfortunately, this doesn’t surprise me in the slightest because I’ve been on the other end of the media’s distortions and lies,” Ben Carson, a top Trump adviser and former presidential candidate, told The Hill in a phone interview. “It’s the New York Times. What did you expect?”
Over the weekend, the Times ran a lengthy front-page story headlined “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private,” detailing Trump’s past treatment of the women he dated or employed.
In an interview with The Hill on Monday afternoon, Brewer Lane lashed out at the Times reporters, saying she spent hours on the phone with them and agreed to do a photo shoot for the piece because she wanted to let people know “how well Trump treats women.”
Brewer Lane says she was stunned and felt she’d been taken advantage of when she read that her words were used to make Trump appear to be a lecher.
“I think it was intentional,” she said. “They have an agenda to make Trump look unfavorable at this point in the race.”
Now, these kinds of smear pieces are expected with any Republican nominee, regardless of whether he’s an actual Republican (something Trump is not). But what bothers me is the irony in creating a scandal where there isn’t one with Trump while Bill Clinton, a confirmed rapist, is completely ignored by the Times and every other mainstream outlet.