Trump says he doesn’t know, never met some of his accusers

Written by | October 14, 2016 | 0

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.: Donald Trump contends he doesn’t know and never even met some of the women accusing him of sexual assault. Rejecting his claims of being the victim of false stories, Hillary Clinton and ally Michelle Obama say Americans are learning more about Trump’s unacceptable behavior every day.

“We can’t expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years,” Mrs. Obama told Clinton supporters at a rally in New Hampshire. In a passionate address, the first lady said that after years of working to end “this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect … we’re hearing these exact same things on the campaign trail. We are drowning in it.”

The presidential campaign focused Thursday on the allegations against Trump, who denied them again and again as supporters cheered him at a rally in Florida and two appearances in Ohio, states central to his effort to defeat Clinton. Four women have told publications detailed stories about encounters with Trump that ended with groping, kissing and other unwanted sexual advances.

“These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it,” Trump said. He offered no evidence discrediting the reports except to ask why his accusers had waited years and then made their allegations less than a month before the election.

His defense appeared undermined by a video that surfaced last week in which he bragged about kissing and groping women without their permission. Similar behavior was detailed by women who accused Trump in articles published late Wednesday by The New York Times and the Palm Beach Post. Separately, a People magazine reporter offered a first-person account accusing Trump of attacking her in 2005 while she was in Florida to interview him and his pregnant wife.

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