Trump’s law­suit threat against ac­cusers over­shad­ows agenda


All of these liars will be sued once the elec­tion is over - Don­ald Trump

Don­ald Trump is lay­ing out an am­bi­tious agenda for his first 100 days as pres­i­dent but point­edly not­ing that he will find time to sue the nu­mer­ous women who have ac­cused him of grop­ing and other un­wanted sex­ual be­haviour.

“All of these liars will be sued once the elec­tion is over,” Trump said Satur­day dur­ing an event near the Civil War bat­tle­field of Get­tys­burg that was meant to be pol­icy-driven. He added: “I look so for­ward to do­ing that.”

Asked about Trump’s re­marks, Hillary Clin­ton told re­porters be­tween ral­lies in Pitts­burgh and Philadel­phia that she was done re­spond­ing to what her Repub­li­can op­po­nent is say­ing as Elec­tion Day nears and would in­stead fo­cus on help­ing elect other Democrats.

To that end, she at­tacked Penn­syl­va­nia’s Repub­li­can sen­a­tor, Pat Toomey, say­ing in Pitts­burgh that he has re­fused to “stand up” to Trump as she praised his Demo­cratic chal­lenger, Katie McGinty. Not­ing Trump’s com­ments about Mex­i­can im­mi­grants and his at­tacks on a Mus­lim-Amer­i­can mil­i­tary fam­ily, she said of Toomey: “If he doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Don­ald Trump af­ter all of this, then can you be sure that he will stand up for you when it counts?”

Toomey spokesman Ted Kwong said Clin­ton’s com­ments high­light McGinty’s lack of in­de­pen­dence.

“To­day is just fur­ther proof that hy­per-par­ti­san, eth­i­cally chal­lenged Katie McGinty will be a rub­ber stamp for ev­ery­thing Hillary Clin­ton wants to do in Wash­ing­ton,” he said. “Pat Toomey has been, and will con­tinue to be, an in­de­pen­dent leader in the Se­nate on is­sues rang­ing from gun safety to end­ing Wall Street bailouts.”

Clin­ton re­jected Trump’s al­le­ga­tion, of­fered with­out ev­i­dence, that the dozen or so women who have come for­ward are be­ing prompted by her cam­paign or the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. The ac­cusers emerged af­ter the for­mer re­al­ity TV star boasted of kiss­ing women and grop­ing their gen­i­tals with­out their con­sent. On Satur­day, an adult film ac­tress said the bil­lion­aire kissed her and two other women on the lips “with­out ask­ing for per­mis­sion” when they met him af­ter a golf tour­na­ment in 2006.

Trump has de­nied that all the other al­le­ga­tions, while in­sist­ing some of the women weren’t at­trac­tive enough for him to want to pur­sue. His broad­side against the women Satur­day came at the start of an oth­er­wise sub­stan­tive speech that sought to weave the many pol­icy ideas he has put for­ward into a sin­gle, co­he­sive agenda.

The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee vowed to lift re­stric­tions on do­mes­tic en­ergy pro­duc­tion, la­bel China as a cur­rency ma­nip­u­la­tor and rene­go­ti­ate the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment, fa­mil­iar themes to sup­port­ers who have flocked to his ral­lies this year.

“This is my pledge to you, and if we fol­low these steps, we will once again have a govern­ment of, by and for the peo­ple,” Trump said, in­vok­ing a phrase from Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln’s Get­tys­burg Ad­dress.

Though mostly a re­cap of poli­cies he’s pro­posed be­fore, Trump’s speech in­cluded a few new el­e­ments, such as a freeze on hir­ing new fed­eral work­ers and a two-year manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence for im­mi­grants who re-en­ter the U.S. il­le­gally af­ter be­ing de­ported a first time. In a pledge sure to raise eye­brows on Wall Street, he said he’d block a po­ten­tial merger be­tween AT&T and me­dia con­glom­er­ate Time Warner.

Through­out the GOP pri­mary, Trump was crit­i­cized for shy­ing away from de­tailed pol­icy pro­pos­als. But his speech, which aides said would form the core of his clos­ing ar­gu­ment to vot­ers, un­der­scored how the bil­lion­aire has grad­u­ally com­piled a broad — if some­times vague — pol­icy port­fo­lio that strad­dles con­ser­va­tive, iso­la­tion­ist and pop­ulist or­tho­dox­ies.

Still, any head­way that Trump may have made was likely to be di­luted by his le­gal threats against his ac­cusers, just the lat­est ex­am­ple of Trump step­ping on his in­tended mes­sage at in­op­por­tune mo­ments. Days ear­lier, dur­ing the fi­nal de­bate, his oth­er­wise well-re­ceived per­for­mance was marred by an alarm­ing state­ment near the end that he might not ac­cept the out­come of the elec­tion if he loses.

With the de­bates over, Trump and Clin­ton have few ap­par­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties to al­ter the course the race sub­stan­tially — a re­al­ity that ben­e­fits Clin­ton more than Trump. The Repub­li­can is trail­ing his op­po­nent in polls in most of the bat­tle­ground states while Clin­ton eyes po­ten­tial up­set vic­to­ries in tra­di­tion­ally safe GOP ter­ri­tory, with Ari­zona at the top of the list.

An in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent Clin­ton on Satur­day made what’s be­come her clos­ing pitch, stress­ing unity dur­ing events in Pitts­burgh and Philadel­phia and ask­ing her back­ers to carry her mes­sage to any Trump sup­port­ers they meet.

“I un­der­stand that they need a pres­i­dent who cares about them, will lis­ten to them and I want to be their pres­i­dent,” she

Jes­sica Drake speaks to re­porters in Los An­ge­les on Satur­day, ac­com­pa­nied by her at­tor­ney, Glo­ria Allred. Drake, an adult film ac­tress, said Don­ald Trump kissed her and two other women on the lips “with­out ask­ing for per­mis­sion” when they met him af­ter a golf tour­na­ment in 2006. Ear­lier in the day, the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date pledged post-elec­tion law­suits against ev­ery woman who has ac­cused him of sex­ual as­sault or other in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­haviour Pho­to­graph: AP

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