Trump says grop­ing claims ‘ab­so­lutely false’

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Don­ald Trump has re­jected a slew of ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, telling sup­port­ers in Florida they are “to­tally and ab­so­lutely false”.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee said the women mak­ing the al­le­ga­tions were “hor­ri­ble liars” and the me­dia was col­lud­ing with ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Sev­eral women say he groped them or forcibly kissed them.

First Lady Michelle Obama ear­lier said Mr Trump’s boasts about grop­ing women were “shock­ing and de­mean­ing”.

“Lead­ers should meet a ba­sic stan­dard of hu­man de­cency,” she said dur­ing a cam­paign ap­pear­ance in New Hamp­shire.

See­ing Mr Trump make lewd com­ments about women, on a video leaked last week to the Wash­ing­ton Post, “has shaken me to my core in a way that I can­not have pre­dicted,” Mrs Obama said, her voice crack­ing with emo­tion.

Two women told the New York Times that the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date groped or kissed them. Jump me­dia player A Peo­ple mag­a­zine reporter also said she was forcibly kissed, while another woman said Mr Trump grabbed her bot­tom.

Mak­ing his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since the al­le­ga­tions were made, Mr Trump told a rally in West Palm Beach these sto­ries were “a con­spir­acy against the Amer­i­can peo­ple” by the po­lit­i­cal and me­dia es­tab­lish­ment.

He said he had ev­i­dence the ac­cu­sa­tions were un­founded and would re­lease that at the “ap­pro­pri­ate time”.

In one ref­er­ence, he ap­peared to im­ply Peo­ple writer Natasha Stoynoff could not have been telling the truth be­cause of her ap­pear­ance.

“Take a look. You take a look. Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don’t think so, I don’t think so.”

The me­dia, he said, “will seek to de­stroy your ca­reer and your fam­ily”.

He has threat­ened to sue the New York Times, which pub­lished ac­cu­sa­tions from two women on Wed­nes­day evening.

The news­pa­per has re­sponded by say­ing it would wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to make its case in court.

Asked dur­ing last Sun­day’s tele­vised pres­i­den­tial de­bate whether he had kissed or groped women with­out their con­sent, Mr Trump said: “No, I have not”, and stressed that he re­spected women.

Many of the women said Mr Trump’s de­nial dur­ing the sec­ond pres­i­den­tial de­bate prompted them to come for­ward.

Last week’s emer­gence of a video tape in which Mr Trump boasted that his fame meant he could “do any­thing” to women has sparked a cri­sis that has en­gulfed his cam­paign.

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