Trump: Clinton, Media Behind Sexual Assault Allegations

'Totally and absolutely false' claims from 'horrible, horrible liars'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2016 3:50 PM CDT
Trump Says His Accusers Are 'Horrible, Horrible Liars'
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center on Thursday in West Palm Beach.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump addressed mounting allegations of sexual assault and impropriety during a rally Wednesday in Florida, calling them "totally and absolutely false" and his accusers "horrible, horrible liars." "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,” Politico quotes Trump as saying. He accused the Clinton campaign of being in cahoots with the media to launch the "concerted, coordinated, and vicious attack." Trump said the attack was meant to draw attention away from the Clinton emails released by Wikileaks, NBC News reports. The Sun-Sentinel notes that Trump offered no evidence to back up his claim despite spending the first 24 minutes of his speech addressing the allegations.

Trump also addressed some of the individuals behind the accusations. He implied People writer Natasha Stoynoff, who says Trump forced himself on her, is too unattractive to sexually assault. "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," Trump said. He also accused the New York Times, which published claims from two women, of "slander and libels" and said he's "preparing" a lawsuit against the paper. In a letter from its lawyer, the Times declined to retract or apologize for the story, stating, "We welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight." Trump told the crowd he "never knew" the attacks on him "would be this vile." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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