Donald Trump heatedly rejected new allegations of sexual assault as “pure fiction” on Thursday, hammering his female accusers as “horrible, terrible liars” as the already-nasty 2016 presidential campaign sank further into charges and countercharges of attacks on women.
Since then, at least six women have accused Trump of making unwanted physical advances, majority after Trump asserted in Sunday’s debate with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton that he had never sexually assaulted a woman.
Three women who claim they were assaulted by former Bill Clinton – Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Paula Jones – will appear together on Sean Hannity’s show on Thursday, a FOX News executive told NBC News.
Trump later expressed his outrage on Twitter at the media and its overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton, accusing them of “pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary”, following the emergence of a series of unsubstantiated claims of sexual assault against him.
“He’s getting his brains beat in by women in the Philly suburbs”, said Ed Goeas, a Republican pollster who is surveying presidential battlegrounds and several states with races for U.S. Senate.
Trump himself has called his accusers “horrible liars” and has declared he will prove the allegations aren’t true.
The allegations against Trump and his countercharges dominated the campaign Thursday and have distracted attention from the release of thousands of hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that include some potentially damaging information.
Trump was already struggling to attract support from women before his first debate with Clinton in late September.
While the First Lady launched a scathing attack on the 70-year-old reality TV star over his “demeaning” remarks about women, saying his “sexually predatory behaviour” has left her “shaken” to the core, Obama said the problem is that Republicans have been “riding this tiger for a long time”.
“Donald Trump said he would put new states in play”, Ayres said, but he noted wryly that he never thought they would be the red states of Utah, Arizona and Georgia.
A pair of Cincinnati residents were at U.S. Bank Arena to support the man they say “is the only one that can (save the country)”. First, he said, because Clinton “keeps finding ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”. “I want somebody new”.
Leon concludes, “I don’t think it’s over until the 9 of November” – the day after the election.
He said Clinton and her party are seeking “a place where government is taken away from the people, and we are ruled by our betters, by a cold and unfeeling bureaucracy that replaces original thinking”.
In Ohio, the office of state Treasurer Josh Mandel, a past and potentially future candidate for higher office, released a statement condemning Trump’s comments but adding: “For the sake of the Supreme Court, Second Amendment, religious liberty, fight against radical Islam and many other issues, his endorsement and vote for Mr. Trump still stands”. And while noting that he rarely speaks out against GOP leadership, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said he considered this idea to be a bad one. She likewise should respond to other details from the emails – for example, Chelsea Clinton’s fear that associates of the Clinton Foundation were trying to capitalize on their government connections to aid their clients.
“The videos, I don’t really care about”, he said.
Trump’s odds of a win were spiraling downward days before the 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording that surfaced last week and depicted him bragging about his ability to grope women as a perk of his celebrity. “It tells you her inner heart, you gotta read it”, Trump said. “And so I would like to invite you to reflect on this choice we are facing”. And they could be a preview of what’s to come.