The fallout over the leaked Donald Trump and Billy Bush tape continues. Reportedly, NBC knew about the tape all along and planned the exact moment of when to drop it – and now Billy wants to sue.
DONALD Trump said he has evidence to disprove the latest sexual assault claims against him, as Michelle Obama branded his comments on women “intolerable.”
The Republican presidential candidate said he would release the evidence at an “appropriate time” after multiple women came forward claiming he sexually assaulted them in incidents spanning decades.
The women spoke out after a 2005 video surfaced of the billionaire businessman bragging about how his fame allowed him to “do anything” to women.
During a campaign a campaign rally in Florida on Thursday, Trump also said his accusers’ claims were “totally and absolutely false.”
“The claims are preposterous, ludicrous and defy truth, common sense and logic,” he said. “We already have substantial evidence to dispute these lies, and it will be made public in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time, very soon.”
Trump said The New York Times, which published an article about two women’s claims of sexual assault by the Republican nominee, would be sued over the piece.
He said the paper was “no longer involved in journalism. They’re a political special interest” with “a total political agenda”.
He also attacked People magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff, who claimed Trump forcibly pushed her against a wall and kissed her in 2005.
“Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you might think. I don’t think so,” he said.
Meanwhile, US First Lady Michelle Obama said Trump’s comments about women were disgraceful” and “intolerable”.
“It doesn’t matter what party you belong to — Democrat, Republican, independent — no woman deserves to be treated this way. No one deserves this kind of abuse,” Obama told a rally for Democrat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.
“This wasn’t locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behaviour.”
Michelle Obama: If Trump is elected “We’re telling our sons it’s ok to humiliate women.” https://t.co/8YTDI3Gswr https://t.co/23YSJOmk2f
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 13, 2016
Obama said she “was shaken to the core” by comments that Trump made in the video, which Trump dismissed as “locker room banter”.
But former prime minister Tony Abbott has come out on Sky News saying Trump supporters “aren’t deplorables”.
“They are decent people who want to see change inside their country and that’s fair enough,” he told Sky on Friday.
.@TonyAbbottMHR: Trump supporters aren’t deplorable, they’re decent people who want change https://t.co/QxerbIaWY4 https://t.co/xyi9GZoeAA
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) October 13, 2016
Mr Abbott described the Trump tapes as “absolutely disgusting” but condemned the conduct of NSW MPs, who called the Republican presidential candidate a “revolting slug”.
Trump has lost support in New Hampshire following the video’s release. Senator Kelly Ayotte said over the weekend that she no longer plans to vote for him.
Senior government minister Josh Frydenberg has branded Trump as a dropkick.
Mr Frydenberg says the embattled Republican nominee’s recent comments about women and other topics are indefensible.
“Back on (ABC program) QA over a year ago I called him a dropkick and I haven’t seen a reason to back away from those comments,” he told ABC Radio on Friday.