US politics blast: Trump brazens it out as more accusers surface
Here's your politics blast from the US election campaign trail, October 15, Saturday morning IST.
Here's your politics blast from the US election campaign trail. As the election becomes a major source of anxiety for most Americans, according to a new survey, new accusers come forward with shockers from Trump’s past - especially after last week's splash of a 2005 video in which Trump boasted that his celebrity gave him the ability to grab women "by the p----. You can do anything." Trump apologized for those remarks, but also dismissed them as "locker-room talk."
"Believe me, she would not be my first choice. That I can tell you. You don't know. That would not be my first choice,” Donald Trump sarcastically said implying that one of the women who has accused him is not good looking enough to impress him.
Trump was referring to Jessica Leeds who told The New York Times that Trump groped her while the two were seated together on an airplane in 1980.
"I was with Trump in 1980. I was sitting with him on an airplane and he went after me on the plane," the Republican presidential nominee mocked at a campaign stop.
The New York Times published Leeds' and Rachel Crooks’ allegations - both accused Trump of forcing himself on them sexually.
When it rains...
Two more women came forward to accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual touching, including a former contestant from a reality show that starred the Republican presidential nominee.
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," said Trump made unwanted sexual advances toward her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007, while photographer Kristin Anderson alleged Trump sexually assaulted her in a New York nightclub in the early 1990s.
A Donald diversion
Depite his hectic day refuting sexual assault allegations raining down on him, Donald Trump grabbed a quick meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, New York's Catholic archbishop.
The cardinal's spokesman says the topics discussed would remain private. A Trump spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Donald Trump is accusing a "sick media" of trying to take down his presidential campaign in cahoots with rival Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Trump targeted Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire who owns a share of The New York Times.
Trump declared that "we can't let" Slim influence the election.
Trump has threatened to sue the Times for a story that featured two women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
He said, "our media is indeed sick and it's making our country sick. And we're going to stop it.”
"Come on, man"
Rolling his eyes at the Republican nominee, President Barack Obama mocked Donald Trump's purported business acumen and newfound rage against the "global elite," as he rallied Friday for Democrat Hillary Clinton. He warned that democracy itself was at risk if Trump wins.
"This is a guy who spent all his time hanging around, trying to convince everybody he was a global elite ... and flying around everywhere and all he had time for was celebrities," Obama said. "Suddenly he's going to be the champion of working people?”
"Come on, man," Obama said with a sardonic laugh, in what became a recurrent refrain of his campaign speech.
Stay home on Nov 8?
In the final weeks of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump is countering allegations of his own sexual misconduct by recounting accusations against former President Bill Clinton.
The basic idea: If the Republican nominee cannot expand his coalition enough to win, might he be able to leave enough voters so disgusted with both himself and Democrat Hillary Clinton that they opt for third-party candidates or simply don't vote?
If so, might Trump's core supporters — smaller than the usual winning coalition — be enough to nip Clinton?
Early voting numbers, Democratic enthusiasm and historical trends all suggest Trump cannot win this way.
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