Trump on People Mag Reporter's Accusation: 'Look at Her, I Don't Think So'
A defiant Donald Trump pushed back forcefully today against allegations of groping and unwanted sexual advances from several women.
The New York Times reported last night allegations from two women, one of whom appeared in a video interview.
Jessica Leeds, 74, alleges that she was sitting next to Trump in the first class section of an airplane more than 30 years ago when he repeatedly groped her.
The other accuser, Rachel Crooks, told the paper that when she was 22 in 2005, she encountered Trump in the elevator lobby of Trump Tower, where she worked. Crooks said Trump "kissed [her] directly on the mouth."
In addition, a People magazine reporter, Natasha Stoynoff, now says that while writing an article about Trump and his wife, Melania, the billionaire tried to force himself on her during an interview.
Trump said he's preparing a lawsuit against the Times and the "two discredited writers" over the "fabricated and false" allegations. He called Leeds' claim "a ridiculous tale [with] no witnesses, no nothing."
Trump then turned to Stoynoff, recalling that she wrote a "beautiful story" about the couple's first anniversary, but is now claiming 12 years later that he made a sexual advance.
"Why wasn't it part of the story?" he asked repeatedly, arguing it would have been a big story if she had written about it.
"Look at her, look at her words. I don't think so," he told the Florida rally-goers.
"If I did that, it would've been the headline! ... These people are horrible people, they're horrible, horrible liars. Interestingly, it happens to appear 26 days before our very important election," he said, adding that a witness identified by Stoynoff has said her allegation is false.
Trump also told the crowd that his campaign "represents a true existential threat" that the establishment has never seen before.
"There is no lie they won't tell to hold their prestige and power at your expense. That's what's been happening," said Trump, calling out the D.C. establishment which he said is funded by financial and media corporations.
Watch the remarks above and below.