Donald Trump Denies Sexual Assault Allegations, Blames Media and Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Billed as a “major speech” by Donald Trump himself, the Republican candidate for President denied recent accusations of sexual assault. “These claims are preposterous, ludicrous, and defy truth, common sense and logic,” he told the crowd in West Palm Beach, Florida this Thursday afternoon.

In the days following the now infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape, multiple women have come forward and on record declaring that they were sexually assaulted by Mr. Trump. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Mr. Trump touched two women inappropriately. Other news outlets including People Magazine and the Palm Beach Post reported similar stories. Mr. Trump vehemently denied these allegations, calling them “pure fiction” and “outright lies.” He questioned the credibility of the women who have come forward and promised to produce evidence to dispute the allegations against him in the future. He did not offer any proof during his speech.

Mr. Trump called out the “political establishment” and the “corporate media” for falsely spreading these accusations, even going as far to suggest that the media is working in concert with the Clinton campaign to try to “hurt his reputation.” He referred to the media as a “political special interest” with a “total political agenda” to elect Hillary Clinton this November. Mr. Trump questioned the timing of the claims, asserting that it was “no coincidence that these attacks come at the exact same moment and all together at the same time, as WikiLeaks releases documents exposing the massive international corruption of the Clinton Machine.”

The GOP nominee continued to lash out against the media, stating that “anyone who challenges them is deemed racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, and morally deformed.” He called out the New York Times in particular, and called them out for their “outright lies.”

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump’s lawyers asked for the New York Times to retract its story and to apologize. The New York Times has since stood by their story, stating that “nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has created for himself.” New York Times legal counsel, David E. McCraw, continued by saying the following:

“It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices. We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”

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