President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter to question why it took five allegations of sexual abuse against Ed Murray for the embattled Seattle mayor to resign.
“It took 5?” the eldest of the president’s children wrote on Twitter, sharing a CNBC tweet reporting the news of Murray’s resignation and pointing out that Murray is a Democratic Party politician: “Also: Ed Murray (D) fyi.”
Murray, the city’s first openly gay mayor and a Democrat who fiercely opposed Donald Trump, resigned on Tuesday after his younger cousin, Joseph Dyer, became the fifth person to accuse him of historic child sexual abuse, The Seattle Times. Murray denies the accusations.
The mayor first faced formal accusations of child abuse in a lawsuit reported in April. Delvonn Heckard claimed Murray had sexually assaulted him for $10 or $20 a time in 1986, when he was a 15-year-old drug addict.
Another alleged victim currently in prison, Maurice Lavon Jones, told The Seattle Times Murray paid him for sex when he was a drug-addicted teen and a close friend of Heckard’s.
The newspaper also further investigated claims made by two other men a decade ago that the newspaper did not report at the time.
Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson claimed Murray abused them in the 1980s. Simpson was put under Murray’s foster care in 1982 and initially made abuse allegations in 1984. While his caseworker believed him – as documents the Oregon Child Protective Service released to The Seattle Times showed – no charges were brought and the investigation was dropped because of Simpson’s “emotional instability and history of manipulative behavior.”
At the time, Murray’s spokesman dismissed the men’s allegations as politically motivated: “The two older accusations were promoted by extreme right-wing anti-gay activists in the midst of the marriage equality campaign, and were thoroughly investigated and dismissed by both law enforcement authorities and the media.”
The spokesperson also rejected the lawsuit’s allegations as “categorically false,” saying: “Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor….Mayor Murray will vigorously fight these allegations in court.”
Until this Tuesday, Murray resisted numerous calls to step down, including one from the Seattle LGBTQ Commission. Dyer’s allegations effectively ended his almost two-decade-long career in the state legislation, in which Murray prides himself of having introduced a landmark gay civil rights bill, same-sex marriage legislation and a $15 minimum hourly wage.
His resignations will become effective on Wednesday afternoon. In a statement to the press, he said: “While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” he said.
His cousin has also accused him of abusing a boy at a Catholic group home where he worked. Murray denied Dyer’s allegations, blaming them on a “family rift,” Reuters reported.
Donald Trump Jr. speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. In a tweet on Tuesday, he wondered why it took five allegations of sexual abuse before Seattle mayor Ed Murray resigned. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
Critics on Twitter pointed out that Trump Jr.’s father has faced more than 10 accusations of sexual assault from women, ranging from groping to non consensual kissing, allegations President Trump has either denied or not addressed.
“How many will it take your dad?” one reacted.
More than 10 women accused Trump of sexual assault ranging from groping and non consensual kissing – allegations Trump either denied or ignored, as – after a tape recording of him boasting about was unearthed in October.
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