Las Vegas: Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday accused his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of hiring people to incite violence at his rallies and bringing together the scores of women to accuse him of sexual sexual misconduct.
"First of all, the stories have been largely debunked. Those people, I don't know those people. I have a feeling how they came, I believe it was her campaign that did it," Trump said at the third and final presidential debate here when asked by moderator Chris Wallace of the Fox News as to why would so many women after so many years make up the stories about his sexual misconduct in the last weeks of the election campaign.
Trump then accused Clinton and President Barack Obama of paying people to instigate violence at his rallies. "Just like if you look at what came out today on the clips where I was wondering what happened with my rally in Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence? She's the one and Obama that caused the violence. They hired people. They payed them fifteen hundred dollars and there are on tape saying be violent, cause fights, do bad things," Trump said.
Trump had apologized for his behaviour with women following the release of a 2005 tape in which he was heard bragging about being able to grope and kiss women and get away with it because he is a "star".
In the debate, Trump denied the accusations leveled against him by the women, saying “these stories are all totally false. He said he didn't even apologize to his wife Melania because he didn't do anything.
"I didn't know any of these women, I didn't see these women. These women, the woman on the plane, the woman — I think they want either fame or her (Clinton) campaign did it and I think it's her campaign," he said referring to accusations made by 74-year old Jessica Leeds that he had assaulted her when she was traveling in an airplane more than three decades ago.
He said Clinton and Obama are engaging in a "criminal act" by telling people to go out and start fistfights and start violence in his rallies. "In particular in Chicago, people were hurt and people could have been killed in that riot. And that was now, all on tape, started by her. I believe that she got these people (women accusing him) to step forward. If it wasn’t, they get their ten minutes of fame. But it was all fiction. It was lies and it was fiction," he said.
Blaming Clinton and "her very sleazy campaign" for instigating the women against him, Trump said no one has questioned her about her State Department e-mails "where she destroyed thirty three thousand e-mails criminally after getting a subpoena from the United States Congress.
"What happened to the FBI, I don't know. We have a great general four-star general today going to potentially serve five years in jail for lying to the FBI. One lie. She's lied hundreds of times to the people, to Congress, and to the FBI," Trump said.
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Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 10:53:37 IST