The Latest: Trump’s ‘War on Women’ Is Coming to an End in NJ
Donald Trump’s “war on women” is coming to an end, and he has won in New Jersey.
The state’s attorney general announced Thursday that he has filed charges against Trump for violating the state’s sexual harassment statute by forcing women to engage in sexual activity in the presence of others.
The charges come as the Republican presidential nominee faces criticism over allegations that he kissed women without consent and touched them inappropriately.
The accusations come just weeks after Trump was charged with assaulting a woman who had a restraining order against him against her.
Trump has denied the allegations.
New Jersey Attorney General Stephen Sedenski has also filed charges in the case against Trump and the Republican National Committee.
The Democratic governor’s office said the new charges were the result of a long investigation by the state attorney general’s office and the federal government.
The Republican governor’s campaign called the charges a politically motivated attempt to discredit Trump.
The lawsuit against Trump, which he filed in January, alleged that he made unwelcome advances and unwanted sexual advances on women at Trump Tower and elsewhere, and also claimed that he had forcibly kissed and groped them without consent.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that the state is not a place where sexual harassment is tolerated, and that Trump is guilty of a serious violation of the law.
New Yorker Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, called the indictment a “coup” against Trump.
“The president of the United States should be held to the same standards as all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
“We must all stand together against this toxic, misogynistic campaign and all that it represents.”
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New Jersey said the investigation into Trump’s behavior in New York and New Jersey began in May 2017, and was expanded in June 2017.
He said in an email to the Associated Press that the office is “confident that our charges will provide significant deterrence to anyone who would engage in this type of behavior in the future.”