Passenger arrested for groping woman on flight says Trump said ‘it’s OK’

Hannah Rogers
October 24, 2018

The woman said she confronted the man seated behind her and told him "she didn't know why he thought it was OK" to touch her and that he needed to stop, the complaint said.

The man was charged in New Mexico with "abusive sexual contact" after he allegedly touched the breasts of the passenger sitting in front of him. And the man authorities say is responsible allegedly cited President Donald Trump's past lewd language about women. She said that she observed a "hand that had thick fingers, [that] were hairy and had dirty fingernails".

Alexander didn't admit to touching the woman, but after he was placed in handcuffs, he said "that the President of the United States says it's ok to grab women by their private parts", the complaint said.

According to the criminal complaint released by the district court in Albuquerque, the accused told police "that the President of the United States says it's ok to grab women by their private parts". If convicted, Alexander faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Alexander's defense is a reference to the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Trump boasted that when you are famous, you can do whatever you want to women, including "grab them by the pussy". She then asked a flight crew member to move seats and was relocated on the plane.

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This marks the second similar incident in the past week, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Last June, a woman called a Hispanic man from California a "rapist" while attacking him and his mother. "You can do anything", Trump said. He also said he slept for most of the flight and wasn't drinking or taking sleep medication. Once Bruce was inside the police vehicle he reportedly told officers that the President doesn't have issues with groping women. The victim said Alexander was a "total stranger".

When the plane landed in Albuquerque, Alexander was arrested.

Flight attendants later reseated the female passenger.

Alexander remained in federal custody as he awaited a detention hearing Tuesday, according to the Justice Department.

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