Trump denounces sexual assault allegations: 'Look at her'

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Donald Trump lashed out against the women who have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault, calling them "horrible people" and "horrible, horrible liars" who are part of a conspiracy to undermine his candidacy.

Referring to a writer for People who wrote on Wednesday about a traumatizing experience with Trump, the Republican nominee urged a crowd in Florida to "look at her. Look at her words. You tell me. I don't think so," seeming to suggest her account is not believable because of her looks.

Trump spoke Thursday afternoon in West Palm Beach, Florida, just hours after at least four women accused him of sexual misconduct in reports published Wednesday.

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Karena Virginia, along with attorney Gloria Allred, speaks at a news conference October 20, 2016 in New York. Virginia, a yoga teacher and life coach from New York, came forward for the first time on October 20, 2016 to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct which occured in 1998. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the TV show The Apprentice, reacts next to lawyer Gloria Allred (L) while speaking about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
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Jessica Leeds arrives at her apartment building, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in New York. Leeds was one of two women who told the New York Times that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump touched her inappropriately. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Melinda McGillivray gestures as she speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Lake Worth, Fla. McGillivray, 36, told The AP that Trumpâs denial in last Sundayâs presidential debate that he had ever groped women prompted her to come forward after years of brushing off an incident from 2003. She told The Palm Beach Post for a story published on Oct. 13, that while she was backstage at a concert at Trumpâs Mar-a-Lago resort, when he grabbed her buttocks. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Jessica Drake speaks to reporters about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump, alongside lawyer Gloria Allred (L) during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

He flatly denied the claims made by women in the New York Times, People, and the Palm Beach Post, casting the accusations as part of a massive conspiracy between the "political establishment," the Clintons and the "corrupt corporate media."


"This is a conspiracy against you, the American people, and we cannot let this happen," Trump said. "The claims are preposterous, ludicrous, and defy truth, common sense, and logic."

Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks told the New York Times that Trump had forced himself on them on two separate occasions in the 1970s and 2005. People reporter Natasha Stoynoff wrote that Trump forcibly kissed her in the course of reporting a magazine profile in 2005. The Palm Beach Post reported that yet another woman, Mindy McGillivray, said Trump grabbed her inappropriately at an event at Mar-a-Lago in 2003.

In Florida on Thursday, Trump took direct aim at the women who have come forward, attacking their credibility in an effort to discredit their accounts.

Responding to the New York Times story, Trump reiterated that he was "preparing a lawsuit" against the newspaper over the accusations. He called the most recent story "totally fabricated and false."

"[The incident] supposedly took place on an airplane more than 30 years ago," he said. "Another ridiculous tale. No witnesses. No nothing."

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Arizona Senator John McCain: "I will not vote for Donald Trump."

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2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Trump's "vile degradations ... corrupt America's face to the world."

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New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte: "I will not be voting for Donald Trump."

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: "No apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women."

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz: Trump's comments are "disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them."

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham: "I have never been comfortable with Donald Trump as our Republican nominee."

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: "Donald Trump should not be President."

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South Dakota Senator John Thune: "Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately."

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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski: "I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president."

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Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse: Donald trump "is obviously not going to win [and should] step aside."

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo: Donald Trump should step aside due to "disrespectful, profane and demeaning" behavior.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee: Donald Trump is a "distraction.

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Maine Senator Susan Collins: Donald Trump is "unsuitable for the presidency ... I [can] not support his candidacy."

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Texas Senator John Cornyn: "I am disgusted by Mr Trump's words about women."

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Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman: "The time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket."

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Utah Representative Mia Love: Stated she "cannot vote for" Donald Trump. 

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman: "I can no longer support [Trump]."

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Colorado Representative Mike Coffman: Donald Trump should withdraw "for the good of the country."

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Missouri Representative Ann Wagner: "I withdraw my endorsement and call for Governor Pence to take the lead" in the race.

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Nevada Representative Joe Heck: "I believe our only option is to formally ask Mr. Trump to step down."

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake: Donald Trump is "wrong about his level of support. He needs to withdraw from the race."

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Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock: Trump's remarks were "disgusting, vile, and disqualifying."

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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk: Donald Trump is a "malignant clown — unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States."

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Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan: "I will support Governor Mike Pence for President."

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Colorado Senator Cory Gardner: Donald Trump's flaws are "beyond mere moral shortcomings ... I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women."

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New Jersey Representative Scott Garrett: Has stated he is "appalled" by Trump's actions.

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Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer: "It would be wise for [Trump] to step aside."

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard: "Enough is enough. Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence."

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Former New York Governor George Pataki: "Enough! [Trump] needs to step down."

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Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: "Donald Trump does not represent me or my party."

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Michigan Representative Fred Upton: Donald Trump needs to "step down."

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam: Trump should "step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party's nominee."

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert: "I will not vote for Trump."

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley: "I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump."

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California Representative Steve Knight: Trump's comments were "inexcusable."

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"It's gotten more and more vicious. more and more vile," Trump said of the Times. "Even the other mainstream media is talking about the single greatest pile-on in history."

Directing his ire at Stoynoff, Trump said the fact that the incident wasn't included in the People profile is evidence that it didn't happen.

"Who would have done that? If you're doing this and you're one of the top shows on television?" he said. "These people are horrible people. They're horrible, horrible liars. And interestingly, it happens to appear 26 days before our very important election."

The contrast between Trump's remarks and Michelle Obama's speech earlier Thursday was striking. Just minutes before Trump took the stage, the first lady delivered a powerful address in which she called Trump's remarks in a 2005 recording "intolerable."

"Let's be clear, this is not normal," Obama said. "This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable — it doesn't matter what party you belong to, no woman deserves to be treated this way."

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