In addition to weathering a Trump assault on Planned Parenthood; another school slaughter; another Israeli slaughter; we have more on Trujillo’s denials of sexual harassment: His ‘lie detector test’ is a total hoax.
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Trujillo’s Lie Detector Results Are a Total Sham Proving Only One Thing: He Is Lying
Carl Trujillo claims that his lie detector results prove that he is innocent of sexual harassment. He has called Laura Bonar a liar; he has called the claims a witch hunt and he has boasted that his innocence is proven ‘passing’ a lie detector test “with an unusually high score on the most reliable and stringent FBI certified lie detector test available.” The only problem is that there were only three questions on the test that related to the harassment claims and the questions were carefully crafted to avoid asking Trujillo anything related to the harassment claims. This is truly a remarkable bit of distortion. Here are the three questions asked of Trujillo.
R1 Did you ever have sexual contact with that woman’s (Laura Bonar) private parts (breasts/buttocks/vagina)? Answer: No
- No one accused Trujillo of sexual contact, so Trujillo could answer truthfully, no. But the question has no relevance to the harassment claim. This is a classic case of deflection and distraction.
R2 Concerning that woman, did you ever have sexual contact with her private parts? Answer: No
- No one accused him of sexual contact, but you might as well ask essentially the same irrelevant question twice.
R3 Was that woman’s legislation stalled because she rejected your sexual advances? Answer: No
- No one said the legislation stalled. Trujillo refused to respond to APV requests to move the bill forward to get the funding needed to enact it. HB 20 only got the funding because another legislator rushed in when Trujillo disappeared as Lisa Jennings detailed precisely what did happen, below. But since the bill passed and was funded (no thanks to Trujillo), he could honestly answer: No. Clever. As Jennings reports:
“The request for spay/neuter funding had not been included in the original budget, and the deadline for state budget amendments was quickly approaching. I repeatedly contacted Rep. Trujillo to see if he could help us get the content of HB20 included in the final version of the budget. Rep.Trujillo completely ignored my messages asking for his help in the crucial last days and hours that mattered for the budget. I didn’t know why at the time, as Rep. Trujillo was usually very responsive to our organization, but I do now. Laura’s letter provides the missing piece of the puzzle.
Determined to try to get the spay/neuter funding without Rep. Trujillo’s help, I went to Senator Richard Martinez and asked him to start from scratch to help us, and he agreed to author a Senate amendment to the budget. That amendment was created, subsequently included in the budget, and approved by the Governor, resulting in $250,000 in spay/neuter funds for needy animals around the state – less than half of what we had originally sought.”
So, Trujillo didn’t lie in response to any of these questions; he passed the lie detector test. Unfortunately the test didn’t include any of the relevant questions. The question becomes, why would a skilled professional lie detector administer use questions that carefully skirted the accusation, allowing Trujillo to be truthful while avoiding the real issues:
- Did you proposition Laura Bonar? She claims you did and her colleague Jessica Johnson confirmed that claim.
- Did you threaten to withdraw support for HB 20 if Bonar didn’t have sexual relations with you? Never asked that question either.
Frankly, this is a big deal because Trujillo has plastered the media with self righteous and unsubstantiated claims that the lie detector proves his innocence and is a reason for all of us to believe that Laura Bonar lied; that Jessica Johnson lied; that Lisa Jennings lied; that the two women who anonymously have told Rep. Armstrong that Trujillo had harassed them.
All these courageous women must be liars because Carl Trujillo took a lie detector test that might as well have asked him about the weather for all the relevance of the questions. And that could not be an accident. ANY COMPETENT LIE DETECTOR SPECIALIST READING THE HARASSMENT CLAIMS COULD HAVE EASILY CHOSEN QUESTIONS THAT WOULD HAVE CHALLENGED TRUJILLO OR COULD HAVE CRAFTED QUESTIONS THAT GAVE THE ILLUSION OF EXONERATING HIM.
Trujillo says, “We live in an age where anybody can say anything without proof and be believed,” he is wrong. Sexual assault is an underreported crime, because of the way that we treat women courageous enough to come forward. And by the way, two women have corroborated Bonar’s charges, so it isn’t as if her claims are without proof. And, oh those two other women who came to Rep. Armstrong, but are too fearful to do so publicly. I wonder why they are afraid to step forward publicly? Is it possible they’d prefer not to be accused of lying and become pilloried by Trujillo supporters as part of a conspiracy.
Later this week, I will be reporting on a Vox story discussing Al Franken’s case. But in closing today, I’ll reveal the gist of it: Just because you really, really like a guy, just because in so many ways he has advanced your priorities, just because he helped you at the County processing some paperwork, doesn’t mean that outside the spotlight he hasn’t preyed on women, harassed women, propositioned women, and threatened them.
I keep thinking about the three questions asked and why the two relevant questions were never asked. I hope some Trujillo’s supporters are wondering too. Or was the selection of questions an establishment conspiracy too?
From the New Mexican: Another View of Trujillo’s Harassment Charges: Has He Learned From Trump? Apparently.
What follows is most of a letter to the editor penned by Michael Anderson, a Dist. 46 resident and father of two, soon to be three daughters. It was published in Sunday’s New Mexican. It compares Trump’s tweets and blathering about his sexual predation with the language used by Trujillo. I’ll let our readers judge the relevance.
“Trujillo’s own statements are no different than Donald Trump, Roy Moore, Bill Cosby and countless others who seek to discredit and harm all women. A quick comparison of public responses from Donald Trump and Carl Trujillo tell the story:
Donald Trump: “I’ve never met these people. I don’t even know who they are. They’re made-up stories.”
Carl Trujillo: “I barely even know who she is and literally had to look her up to figure out if I’d ever met her. We have had no significant interactions, and certainly nothing even close to the level of interaction that she is alleging.”
Donald Trump: “Why didn’t she do this 12 years ago? She’s a liar. … It never happened. It’s a lie.” “Nothing ever happened with any of these women. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election.”
Carl Trujillo: “Do I have to say that if this has been festering since 2013, it’s beyond suspicious that she waits until weeks before election day? This is politically motivated.”
Donald Trump: “Let me state this as clearly as I can: These attacks are orchestrated by the Clintons and their media allies.”
Carl Trujillo: “I thought there was a limit to how low my opponents could go. I was wrong. To hijack and exploit the #MeToo movement for their own political gain … it doesn’t get lower than that.”
Donald Trump: “These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction, and they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened.”
Carl Trujillo: “These charges are lies. They do nothing but motivate our Campaign for Change to fight harder to represent the true voice of the people.”
Donald Trump: “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!”
Carl Trujillo: “[I am] disappointed that two of my fellow members would join this witch hunt when no proof has been offered and no formal complaint has ever been made. It is evident the timing of these allegations is strictly for political gain.”
These attacks are designed to do one thing and one thing only: to discourage other women from coming forward.
There is one thing we all can do to help. Say loudly and publicly that we believe Laura Bonar and every other woman who has the courage to come forward, even in the face of additional attacks. And we can offer our heartfelt support to those women who are thinking about coming forward but are afraid, because their lives may be turned upside down as well.”
As I had heard Trujillo’s denials, they had resonated and I recognized a pattern of language resembling Trump’s. Thanks to Michael Anderson for doing the work of researching the quotes.
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