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Katrina Pierson Defends Trump Against Sexual Assault Claims With A Bonkers Theory About Airplane Armrests

Katrina Pierson is known to either twist facts or completely disregard them, and she’s bent time and space in mind-boggling ways in an effort to disprove many Trump controversies. And after Pierson blamed hip-hop culture for Trump’s predatory remarks about women, the campaign trotted her out again to defend him from the multiple women whose sexual assault allegations against Trump went public on Wednesday.

Pierson joined a Don Lemon-led panel that discussed an account published by the New York Times about two women making allegations against Trump. One woman, Jessica Leeds, claimed that Trump groped her “like an octopus” on a 1980s commercial flight. Another member of the panel, Corey Lewandowski, defended Trump by claiming that someone probably would have seen the groping if it happened. But Pierson — true to form — had a wilder excuse. She asserted the “patently false” nature of these allegations, much to the amusement of her fellow panel participants. Pierson spun such a fantastical tale that one wonders whether she was literally programmed. She rattled off her knowledge of 1980s plane design as panel members laughed:

“We’re talking about the early 1980s, Don. Seriously? Back then you had planes — what, a DC-9, a DC-10, an MD-80, a 707, and maybe an L-1011. But she said specifically that this was to New York. This is important, so we can X-out the DC-10 and the L-1011. Guess what? First class seats have fixed armrests, 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’s claims appear to revolve around the “fixed armrests” as rendering any groping impossible. That’s an odd claim, but what was really weird was how she listed all those different types of planes and, possibly, figured everyone would think she knew everything about aviation and wouldn’t question any aspect of her argument. Well, the Internet quickly set about disproving Pierson’s jibberish by investigating airplane interior design. One Twitter user tweeted a photo of movable armrests on a 1980s plane.

She also got fact checked by the NYC Aviation Twitter account, which stated that all of these planes did head into the Big Apple, unlike what she claimed.

Oh, snap. Not that this will matter to Pierson. She’s still convinced that armrests = no groping. One thing is certain here, and that’s how panel members always have a grand time when Pierson is around. Their reaction faces usually tell the tale.

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