Hillary Clinton’s campaign is behind this week’s media reports in which women claim to have been assaulted by Donald Trump years ago, the GOP candidate told supporters today in West Palm Beach, FL. Trump blasted as “slander and libel” what he described as attempts to destroy his reputation and his family.
In a rambling scorched-earth speech, Trump urged supporters to “just look at her” to ascertain the reliability of the People magazine reporter who is among those claiming Trump assaulted her, hearkening to his primary campaign remark about then-GOP candidate Carly Fiorina.
The real-estate developer insisted his camp has “substantial evidence to dispute these lies” which it will make public “in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time, very soon.”
“I knew they would throw every lie they could at me and my family and my loved ones…they would stop at nothing to stop me. But I never knew it would be this vile, this bad, this vicious,” Trump said.
“Nevertheless I take all of these slings and arrows gladly, for you. I take them for our movement, so that we can have our country back,” he added in his speech.
The “Clinton machine” is “closely and irrevocably tied to the media organizations” publishing these accounts, Trump said. Clinton is intent upon the “destruction of our campaign,” the “great great movement, the likes of which our country has never seen before, never ever,” and media is “no longer involved in journalism. They’re a political special interest.”
“For them, it’s a war and, for them, nothing at all is out of bounds. This is a struggle for the survival of our nation. Believe me. And this will be our last chance to save it,” he charged.
“Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe, and morally deformed,” Trump said, ticking off things various politicians and political strategists appearing as contributors on TV news outlets have said about his campaign.
“They will attack you. They will slander you. They will seek to destroy your career and your family. They seek to destroy everything about you including your reputation. They will lie, lie, and then again. They will do worse than that,” he said as the crowd, for a second time, erupted with shouts of “Lock Her Up! Lock Her Up!”
The reports of sexual assault claims have been deliberately timed to distract from Wikileaks’ daily release of documents “exposing massive international corruptions of the Clinton machine,” Trump charged. “These people are horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible…and it happens to appear 26 days before our very important election. Isn’t that amazing?
“These claims are all fabricated, pure fiction and they’re outright lies,” Trump insisted. “These events never ever happened…The claims are preposterous, ludicrous and defy truth, common sense and logic.”
Trump’s campaign has sent a letter to the New York Times that a lawsuit is coming if the publication does not retract its report, published late yesterday, about two women who claim the candidate was inappropriately physical with them years ago. In that report, one woman claimed Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt during a commercial flight, while the other says he kissed her on the mouth after she introduced herself to him while waiting for an elevator at Trump Tower.
It was closely followed by an account in which a People reporter claimed she was victim of an unwanted sexual move by the GOP candidate at Mar-a-Lago in 2005. And, the Palm Beach Post reported another woman has claimed Trump groped her at the resort more than a decade ago. Also last night, CNN devoted much airtime to its interview with a former Miss USA pageant contestant in which she said Trump walked in on contestants’ room backstage while they were making a costume change, entering as some were topless and others naked.
Trump went after the People magazine report at greatest length in his rally speech this morning, saying Natasha Stoynoff came to Mar-a-Lago to write a story about Trump and wife Melania Trump on their first anniversary.
“Why wasn’t it part of the story that appeared 12 years ago?…I was one of the biggest stars on television with The Apprentice and it would have been one of the biggest stories of the year. Think of it! She is doing a story on Melania, who is pregnant at the time, and Donald Trump, our one-year anniversary. And she said I made inappropriate advances and, by the way, it was a public area, people all over the place. Take a look, you take a look at her, take a look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so!”