Friday, October 1, 2021

In 2019, Indiana GOP Invited Corey Lewandowski to be "Special Guest" Despite Groping Allegation and Extramarital Affair

The news didn't come as a shock.  Former Trump Chairman Corey Lewandowski was accused of drunkenly groping a woman during a charity dinner.  Politico reports:
A Donald Trump donor is accusing Corey Lewandowski, one of the former president’s longtime top aides, of making unwanted sexual advances toward her at a Las Vegas charity event over the weekend.

Trashelle Odom, the wife of Idaho construction executive John Odom, alleges that Lewandowski repeatedly touched her, including on her leg and buttocks, and spoke to her in sexually graphic terms. Odom said that Lewandowski “stalked” her throughout the evening.'
Corey Lewandowski

“On the evening of September 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I attended a dinner to support a charity and spend time with wonderful friends,” Odom said in a statement to Politico. “He repeatedly touched me inappropriately, said vile and disgusting things to me, stalked me, and made me feel violated and fearful,” she said, referring to Lewandowski.

“I am coming forward because he needs to be held accountable,” Odom continued. “I am blessed to have a loving husband and family behind me. I want other women to know that you can be heard, too, and together we can stop terrible things like this from happening.”

Mrs. Odom stated that over the course of the dinner, Mr. Lewandowski tried to hold her hand, and she pushed his hand away. He touched her leg, and she moved it away. He grabbed her napkin off her lap and tried to touch her leg again, and she pulled her dress over her leg, to move his hand away and cover her skin,” Odom’s attorney wrote in the statement.

“He touched her back and she tried to get away,” the statement continued. “He described an area where he was sore from a workout, on the side of his butt, but he demonstrated this by touching her there—on the upper side of her rear end. Lewandowski tried to touch her approximately 10 times, and Mrs. Odom always rebuffed him.”

Odom left the room but was soon followed by Lewandowski, who remarked that she had a “nice ass,” according to the statement from her attorney and another attendee who heard the comment. Lewandowski also “threw his drink at Mrs. Odom, and it landed all over her shoe and the bottom of her dress,” and “called her stupid,” her attorney stated.


Odom and her husband are relative newcomers to the Republican donor scene, and she told the attendee that she felt intimidated by Lewandowski’s claims that he has control over the former president’s orbit and can determine the fate of those around Trump.

Lewandowski said no candidate receives the president’s endorsement without Lewandowski’s approval, Odom told the attendee.

In the statement from Odom’s attorney, Lewandowski is alleged to have said “repeatedly that he is very powerful and can destroy anyone,” and that he “is close with President Trump and can get anyone elected or can take anyone out.”

“Corey was verbally and physically aggressive and forceful,” Odom alleged in a statement. “I was fearful for my physical safety.” She continued: "I was also fearful that Corey has the power to destroy and ruin everything my husband and I have been working on in our business, personal and charitable endeavors.”
Some quick observations.  What in the hell were her parents thinking naming her "Trashella?"  Fortunately, Trashella's twin sister, Garbagella did not attend the event.

It's also hard not to note the hypocrisy of Trashella being outraged by Lewandowski's groping while apparently having no problem being a big donor to President Donald Trump who was credibly accused of groping by nearly twenty women.

When the alleged groping became public, Lewandowski was removed from overseeing Trump Super PAC, Make America Great Again Action Inc.  In taking the action, a Trump spokesman said Lewandowski "will no longer be associated with Trump World."  Not without irony, the ethically-challenged former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was announced as Lewandowski's replacement.

This is not the first time that Lewandowski has been accused of groping a woman.  But this time, Lewandowski groped, allegedly, a big Trump donor.   For the Trump folks, the fact it was one of their donors made it a fireable offense. 

Corey Lewandowski has been a reprehensible human being for a long time.  I was outraged when the Indiana Republican Party, led by Chairman Kyle Hupfer, invited Lewandowski to be a "special guest" at the 2019 Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner.  It wasn't like Lewandowski's proclivities were unknown at the time the invitation was extended.  

In March 2016, Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery after he roughly grabbed a female reporter's arm during an event.  Those charges were later dropped. Then in 2017, singer Joy Villa, a Trump supporter, albeit apparently not a Trump donor, accused Lewandowski of slapping her on the butt.  Villa says after she told Lewandowski to stop, he slapped her on the butt again.  She described Lewandowski's behavior as "boorish, drunken and disgusting."  Of course, Villa, like Trashella, had no problem when it came to supporting for President a serial groper like Donald Trump. 

It was also widely reported that, during the 2016 campaign, Lewandowski, who is married with four children, was carrying on an affair with Trump adviser Hope Hicks.  Nothing says Republican "family values" like a husband and father of four children having a very public extramarital affair.  Trump supposedly told Lewandowski that Hicks, a former model, was "the best piece of tail" Lewandowski would every have. 

Interestingly, after Hicks split with Lewandowski, she began dating Trump aide Rob Porter who ended up resigning after two ex-wives accused him of verbal and physical abuse during their marriage.

Despite all the accumulated knowledge of exactly what type of person Corey Lewandowski is, Hupfer and the Indiana Republican Party had no problem inviting him to be a "special guest" at a fundraising dinner.  Interestingly, the other special guest at that 2019 spring dinner was David Bossie who a few months later was accused of scamming elderly MAGA voters with a fundraising scheme that seemed to be about lining his own pockets.  Bossie was booted from Trump World for that offense, but was let back in when Trump tapped him to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

OOP's Short Takes:
  • I am well aware of the American Greatness article which claims South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has of recently been having an affair with Lewandowski.  While it is okay that the story uses anonymous sources, journalists are still supposed to confirm via first-hand accounts the claims of anonymous sources. Otherwise they're just publishing rumors.  Maybe it is just me, but I have trouble believing the story, which appears to be a hit job on Noem for not holding sufficiently crazy positions.  Then again, I wouldn't have believed Hope Hicks would have dated someone like Lewandowski either.


leon said... Now that the worm you have been peddling to the running dogs has turned and your findings have been exposed as Clinton Creations is the last refuge here to decline comments?

leon said... Wonder how many running dogs lapped this up?

Flogger said...

From the Politico article: Four people who were first-hand witnesses at the event corroborated Odom’s allegations. POLITICO also spoke with two people — one who was at the event and another who was not — who described conversations they had with Odom about the incidents immediately after they happened.

Oh, witnesses, given the gathering the people would have clout. Not surprising Corey would be tossed over the side of ship as he got in the way of donations to the Trumpet.

leon said...

What the Maricopa Co. 2020 Election Audit Really Found
In another case of ‘you-can’t-believe-everything-on-the-news’ --results of the Maricopa County election audit were not quite as advertised. Certainly not the results you are peddling to the unserious.