Donald Trump Calls Allegations by Women ‘False Smears’
Donald J. Trump pushed back aggressively on Thursday against what he called “false smears” from women who claimed unwanted advances, seeking to stabilize his campaign as Michelle Obama declared “it doesn’t matter what party you belong to, no woman deserves to be treated this way.”
The dueling addresses showed how the race had been galvanized by reports of Mr. Trump’s behavior with the election less than four weeks away, with Mr. Trump calling the disclosures a “horror show of lies” as they increasingly consumed his campaign.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday night that two women said Mr. Trump had touched them inappropriately, groping them and kissing them forcefully in ways that echoed the boasts he made of being able to sexually assault women on a 2005 recording released last week.
Other news organizations, including The Palm Beach Post, BuzzFeed and People magazine, reported stories about women who had troubling encounters with Mr. Trump. He has said that he never acted on his “locker room talk” captured in the 2005 video.
In a series of messages posted on Twitter on Thursday morning, Mr. Trump said that the article in The Times was a “total fabrication” and denied the incident described by Natasha Stoynoff, a former writer for People, who said that Mr. Trump had forced his tongue down her throat while she was working on an assignment for the magazine about his first anniversary with his wife, Melania.
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