Donald Trump emphatically denied accusations Thursday that he had sexually assaulted women, ABC News is reporting. A defiant Trump took to the campaign stage in Florida claiming that the recent allegations meted against him were cooked up lies by the Clinton camp and their media allies.
“These claims are all fabricated, they’re pure fiction, and they are outright lies. These events never happened…the Clintons know it. And they know it very well.”
Donald Trump said he had enough evidence to disprove the lies being peddled against him, promising to subject them to public scrutiny at the right time.
This week, a slew of sexual allegations emerged that Mr. Trump kissed and groped women on separate occasions, one which dated back to over 30 years ago on a flight bound to New York. The accuser, Jessica Leeds, now 74, recalled the real estate mogul’s hands all over her and that he kissed her “wherever he could find a landing spot.”
Trump who disputed the incident at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach Florida, called it a “ridiculous tale. No witnesses. No nothing.”
A People magazine reporter, Natasha Stoynoff also accused Donald Trump of purportedly pressing her against a wall and kissing her during a break in an interview with his wife, Melania Trump.
The 70-year-old politician poked holes in her story, saying that the building had glass walls and was in a public area where they could have easily been spotted. The Republican Party presidential nominee queried the veracity of her story, pointing out that a case of sexual assault would have been much bigger than the wedding anniversary feature Stoynoff was trying to do. Trump took a jab at the former People magazine reporter, suggesting that she was too ugly to be groped.
“Why wasn’t it part of the story that happened 12 years ago? If she had added that, it would have been the headline…look at her…look at her words…you tell me what you think…I don’t think so.”
In a statement, People editor-in-chief Jess Cagle revealed that the magazine was standing with Natasha Stoynoff and her story, pointing out that she shared her story the same year the incident took place.
Donald Trump has gone after the New York Times, the news organization that first broke the story, claiming they are fighting for relevance and long-term survival because nobody takes the media outlet seriously anymore. The politician added that he was planning to sue the media organization for the sexual allegation stories. The New York Times has maintained its stance, adding that whatever Donald Trump is complaining about, he brought it all on himself.
“Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.”
Many supporters have expressed doubt over the sexual allegations and agree with the Republican politician that they are lies planted by his Democratic Party rival, Hillary Clinton. Pat Mastrogiacomo, a Trump supporter in the crowd on Thursday said she did not believe a word that was being publicized about the Manhattan billionaire and if the accusations proved to be true, she would still vote for Mr. Trump.
Donald Trump, who accused party members of abandoning him, is hoping to win the elections by firing up his base of core supporters and whittling down Democratic voter turnout by personally attacking Hillary and Bill Clinton. Trump plans to use the scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and sexual allegations against her husband as the base for his attacks.
Trump tweaked his strategy after a lewd tape leak last week which he dismissed as “locker room talk,” but some athletes have since taken an objection to his words to downgrade the incident. The fallout of the tape, led to a horde of Republican loyalists refusing to support the man who won the presidential primaries.
Donald Trump’s unpredictable behavior led to House Speaker, Paul Ryan, publicly saying that he would no longer support or campaign for the Republican presidential candidate, adding that he would concentrate his energies on trying to win majority votes for the party in Congress.
Mr. Trump in an interview with Bill O’Reilly had called Ryan “weak and an ineffective leader,” suggesting that he would be removed from the party leadership position if he won the U.S. elections.
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