Rachel Crooks was one of the 19 women who came out to accuse President Donald Trump of sexual assaults. Crooks said that Trump gaveg her an unwanted kiss on the mouth in 2005 when she worked for a company in Trump Tower. Crooks has announced that she is running for a seat in the Ohio state legislature.
In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Crooks says that her inspiration to run stems from Trump escaping accountability for his alleged sexual abuse.
“I think my voice should have been heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to be heard now,” Crooks, 35, tells the magazine. “Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them.”
In the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Crooks alleged to The New York Times that when she was a 22-year-old receptionist for a real estate and development firm in Trump Tower, she met Trump at an elevator in the building. She claimed that after introducing herself to Trump they shook hands — but he would not let go, instead kissing her on the cheeks and then on her mouth.
Crooks said the incident felt like a violation and “so inappropriate.”
“I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” Crooks told The Times.
Trump has denied all allegations against him, tweeting last year that the accusations are “100% fabricated and made-up charges.” He also called the charges “false allegations and outright lies” while on the campaign trail.
Now, Crooks tells Cosmo, she is taking more direct action.
“I think there will be a lot of people who see value in [my campaign],” Crooks says. “But I hope more so because I’m a viable candidate rather than a participant in the #MeToo movement.”