Katrina Pierson Said Trump Couldn't Have Groped A Woman On A Plane Because Of The Armrest

The aviation defense has a couple of holes in it.

Donald Trump's spokesperson Katrina Pierson defended the presidential candidate against a new sexual assault allegation on Wednesday by claiming he couldn't have groped a woman on a flight because "first-class seats have fixed armrests."

Pierson denied the report by suggesting there were inconsistencies in Leeds's story. "Guess what? First-class seats have fixed armrests," she told CNN's Don Lemon.


"So what I can tell you about her story, if she was groped on a plane, it wasn’t by Donald Trump and it certainly wasn’t in first class," Pierson said.

She also listed a number of different kinds of airplanes that did or didn't service New York at the time, although it was not clear how it supported her claim.

Pierson was apparently wrong about what kinds of planes flew to New York around the time of the alleged assault.

Hi @KatrinaPierson, the aircraft types you mentioned all did operate into New York City. https://t.co/pfFWPqlcDQ

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But the armrest defense was taken up by some Trump supporters, who called Leeds a "fake" victim.

CNN's aviation editor Jon Ostrower, however, was able to find examples of first-class seats from the time that did have armrests you could lift up.

So far, I’ve found photos of armrests stowing on 70s-80s vintage Braniff, National and TWA first class cabins.

And as many people have pointed out, an armrest would not necessarily prevent a sexual assault in the first place.

In #KatrinaPiersonsWorld an immovable airplane armrest makes sexual assault impossible.

Jessica Leeds, in speaking to the Times, said such behavior from men was commonplace when she was younger, and women often didn't report it.

"If something happened to you, you just bucked up and went on," she said.

But she has no doubt about what took place that day: "It was an assault."

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