Donald Trump called allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by several women “totally and absolutely false,” during the third Presidential debate held on Wednesday. Trump blamed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign for the false accusations, saying, “I didn’t even apologize to my wife” as he went on to claim total innocence in the matter.
Donald Trump downplayed the sexual misconduct charges made against him by several women, saying that the claims had been debunked. He was responding to a query raised by moderator Chris Wallace during Trump’s third Presidential debate with Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas.
That was really exciting. Made all of my points. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2016
Wallace asked the Republican candidate why so many women would make similar allegations against suddenly if they were all false. According to Entertainment Weekly, Trump responded by blaming rival Clinton for the whole affair.
“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false, and the Clintons know it and they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction and they’re outright lies. These events never ever happened… The most powerful weapons deployed by the Clintons is the corporate media, the press. Their agenda is to elect crooked Hillary Clinton at any cost, at any price no matter how many lives they destroy.”
Donald Trump’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations Continue To Haunt Him
Donald Trump has about a dozen allegations made against him with several women citing instances where he either groped them, kissed them, or tried to force himself on them, all without consent. Trump’s response to the charges is that the incidents never happened and that he doesn’t even know the women.
He also surmised that the women may be accusing him falsely to gain fame or because they have been politically motivated by Hillary Clinton and her campaign. He added that he thinks that the latter case is more likely to be true.
The whole issue of the sexual misconduct charges began when a 2005 video of Donald Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush resurfaced showing him boasting about how he could physically abuse women given his celebrity status. Trump called the conversation, where he clearly admitted to doing what can even be termed as assault, nothing more than “locker-room” talk.
After Trump said that he would never act out what he said to Billy Bush, several women came forward citing instances from his past where he had done exactly that.
Donald Trump vs. A Dozen Women
According to the LA Times, the list of women who have charged the man who wants to “Make America Great Again” with gross misconduct includes Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Jill Harth, Temple Taggart, and Mindy McGillivray.
One of the most talked about incidents was narrated by Natasha Stoynoff of People Magazine who said that Trump groped her while she was interviewing him. Trump has responded to the claim by asking why she didn’t mention the incident in her following write-up when it could evidently have made her very famous as he was a big TV star then.
Why didn't the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the "incident" in her story. Because it did not happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2016
People Magazine has given a statement on the response.
“It is heartbreaking that her fear of retaliation by Trump kept her from reporting the incident when it happened. She has carried this secret for more than a decade, and we hope that by coming forward now she is relieved of that burden.”
Hillary Clinton Hints Trump Is A Misogynist
During the heated moment when the sexual misconduct allegations were brought up during the third Presidential debate, Hillary Clinton also gave her opinion on the matter. She said that Trump thought making women look smaller made him bigger. She added that he attacked women’s dignity and self-worth.
Donald Trump’s sexual misconduct allegations seem to have hit his presidential campaign hard but whether they lead him to lose votes remains to seen.
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