Dartmouth College

Trump comments prompt congresswoman to share assault story

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster believes Donald Trump could have used his fame to force himself on women with neither consent nor consequences. She says she experienced just that with a celebrity surgeon who assaulted her decades ago when she was a young staffer on Capitol Hill.

Kuster, a New Hampshire Democrat seeking her third term, briefly described the incident last summer during a House floor speech about campus sexual assault. But it wasn't until the recent publication of Trump's vulgar and sexually predatory comments that she publicly named the man she says assaulted her: Dr. Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world's first human heart transplant in 1967 and died in 2001.