Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct ‘fabricated’

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds and Samantha Holvey listen to Lisa Boyne address the conference via speakerphone during the press conference held by women accusing Trump of sexual harassment in NYC on December 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he’s the target of “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.”

Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously accused him of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.”

Trump says Democrats “have been unable to show any collusion with Russia” and now are “moving on” to these allegations. He adds: “FAKE NEWS!”

He also attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who on Monday said Trump should resign over the allegations.

Trump said Gillibrand is a “total flunky for Chuck Schumer,” the Senate Democratic leader. He said Gillibrand, “who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump.”

Messages seeking comment were left with Gillibrand’s office.

On Monday, the women — Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks — urged Congress to investigate Trump’s behavior.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders pledged to provide a list of eyewitnesses whose accounts exonerated the president. She did not provide the list by late Monday.

The allegations surfaced during last year’s presidential campaign, but the women raised the issue anew on the Kelly show Monday and at a news conference.

“It was heartbreaking last year,” Holvey said. “We’re private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and how he views women, and for them to say, ‘Eh, we don’t care,’ it hurt.”

The former beauty queen claimed that Trump ogled her and other Miss USA pageant contestants in their dressing room in 2006. Crooks is a former receptionist at Trump Tower and Leeds says she met Trump on a flight.

Sixteen women have come forward with a range of accusations against Trump, many after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape last October in which Trump was caught on an open microphone bragging about groping women. One woman, Summer Zevos, a contestant on Trump’s reality show, “The Apprentice,” sued, contending that Trump’s denials of her accusations amount to false and defamatory statements.

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4 comments

  • wings

    Typical trumpy boy, everything is either fabricated if it is fake news. I wish he would at least one time, Admit he did something. He is nothing but a joke.
    Resign and own up to it or Start the impeachment.

  • Laughing Out Loud

    “The allegations surfaced during last year’s presidential campaign, but the women raised the issue anew on the Kelly show Monday and at a news conference.”

    And now a statement from Joseph Goebbels:
    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    Seems the lame-brain media has abandoned flatulence, and has resorted to regurgitation.

  • Clucko

    I’d like to see a country wide announcement stating: “Ladies of the United States, you have 48 hours to file your harassment claims against your chosen pervert. Otherwise, you’re out of luck”. The country, I think, is so fed up with the endless litany of accusations that the claims have lost much of their believability, regardless of validity. Serious accusations deserve serious investigation, for sure. But, I wonder how many women are jumping on the bandwagon for reasons other than they claim.

  • Bob

    Old stories about un-proven accusations. Where are the stories about the $17 million Congress has paid to settle sexual harrassment complaints.