The following comes from a behavioral scientist PhD reader who makes the following observation:
…I thought you might share my concern about a questionable coincidence I have observed in Jessica Leeds’s recent sexual abuse accusation against Donald Trump, and a statement Senator Tim Kaine made in the vice presidential debate. In the debate, Senator Kaine, in referring to the Trump Foundation, calls it “an octopus-like organization with tentacles all over the world.” In a recent interview, Ms. Leeds, in describing the alleged sexual assault on her by Mr. Trump, states: “All of a sudden, his hands were all over me. He started encroaching on my space, and I hesitate to use this expression, but I’m going to, and that is, he was like an octopus. It was like he had six arms. He was all over the place.”
The similarities in word choice and phraseology seem more than coincidental. Did Ms. Leeds watch the vice presidential debate and innocently borrow the phraseology from Senator Kaine? Or was she professionally coached to speak that way?
I recently viewed two short videos which, when compared to each other, further illustrate the comparison. First, Senator Kaine during the vice presidential debate: