Rowanne Brewer Lane, one of Donald Trump’s ex-girlfriends went on “Fox and Friends” Monday May 16 to dispute a story on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times. She said that the paper took her her quotes out of context and “put a negative connotation on it.”
The article “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private,” starts with a quotation by Lane which said:
Donald was having a pool party at Mar-a-Lago. There were about 50 models and 30 men. There were girls in the pools, splashing around. For some reason Donald seemed a little smitten with me. He just started talking to me and nobody else.
He suddenly took me by the hand, and he started to show me around the mansion. He asked me if I had a swimsuit with me. I said no. I hadn’t intended to swim. He took me into a room and opened drawers and asked me to put on a swimsuit.
It continues, pointing to multiple interviewees who faced “unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct” by the presumptive Republican nominee.
Brewer Lane struck back at the article, saying that they took her words out of context and twisted and spun her story to make Trump look bad:
“They spun it to where it appeared negative. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump, and I don’t appreciate them making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not,” she said.
Instead, the former model had favorable things to say about Trump, verifying to co-host Ainsley Earhardt that she dated the real estate mogul for several months:
“That’s correct. Yes, and he was never — he never made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way. He never offended me in any way. He was very gracious. I saw him around all types of people, all types of women. He was very kind, thoughtful, generous, you know. He was a gentleman,” Brewer Lane said.
She continued, giving a very different characterization of the events at the Mar-a-Lago hotel:
“I came from a shoot, like I said, and I started talking with Donald and chatting with him over the course of the first, maybe, 20 minutes I was there, and we seemed to get along in conversation nicely, and it just very normally and naturally evolved into a conversation. We started walking around the mansion. He started showing me the architecture. We were having a very nice conversation, and we got into a certain part of it and he asked me if I had a swimsuit. I said I didn’t. I had not really planned on swimming. He asked me if I wanted one. I said OK, sure. And I change into one, and the part where I went back out to the pool party and he made a comment ‘now that’s a stunning Trump girl right there,’ I was actually flattered by [it]. I didn’t feel like it was a demeaning situation or comment at all, and that’s what I told the Times, and they spun it completely differently.”
Brewer Lane said that she had never witnessed Trump mistreat women and said that she had not reached out to—or been reached out to by—the Trump campaign.
Donald Trump tweeted less than an hour later: “Wow, Rowanne Brewer Lane, the most prominently depicted women in the failing @nytimes story yesterday, is on @foxandfriends saying Times lied.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2016