Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE's presidential campaign spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, stunned her fellow CNN panelists with a theory on why the billionaire couldn’t have groped a woman on the plane in the early 1980s.
In an explosive New York Times report, 74-year-old Jessica Leeds recalled being seated next to Trump in first class on a flight to New York some 30 years ago. Less than an hour into the flight, Leeds said, Trump lifted the armrest between them, grabbed her breasts, and tried to slip his hand under her skirt.
Pierson, on CNN Wednesday night, insisted this incident couldn’t have taken place.
After listing a number of airplane models that she said didn’t fly to New York City at the time, Pierson claimed first-class seats of that era didn’t even have moving armrests.
"The first-class seats have fixed arm rests, so I can tell you if she was groped on a plane, it wasn't by Donald Trump and it certainly wasn't in first class,” Pierson said.
Aviation experts on Twitter quickly rejected Pierson’s “armrest trutherism”
"Hi @KatrinaPierson, the aircraft types you mentioned all did operate into New York City,” tweeted top aviation authority @NYCAviation.
CNN’s aviation editor, Jon Ostrower, also spent last night researching first-class cabin armrests of the early 80s.
"So far, I’ve found photos of armrests stowing on 70s-80s vintage Braniff, National and TWA first class cabins,” he tweeted.
Pierson accused the women accusing Trump of inappropriate sexual behavior of wanting their “15 minutes of fame.”
“Katrina, do you think that that’s fair?” asked CNN host Don Lemon. "Because people will say the same thing about you, that you’re supporting Donald Trump for fifteen minutes of fame.”