The New York Times published a story today in which two women claim Donald Trump “touched them inappropriately”.
One woman claimed that Trump touched her inappropriately over three decades ago on a commercial flight to New York during which she was seated next to the real estate mogul. Another claimed Trump kissed her “directly on the mouth” after running into him outside an elevator in Trump Tower in 2005.
Trump took to Twitter to call the accusations a “total fabrication”:
The phony story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on women. WATCH!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2016
Trump also responded directly to the New York Times during a phone interview on Tuesday night:
“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at the Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.
“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.
The Trump campaign also released a similar statement in which they offer a full denial of the allegations:
This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous. To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election.
“It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all.
“Further, the Times story buries the pro-Clinton financial and social media activity on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, reinforcing that this truly is nothing more than a political attack. This is a sad day for the Times.” – Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor