US Election: Trump fends off new sexual misconduct claims

US Election: Trump fends off new sexual misconduct claims, by Reid Epstein.

He has denied the allegations, and went further by claiming they emerge from a large conspiracy designed to doom his campaign.

“This whole thing is one big fix,“ the Republican presidential nominee said, referring to the accusations. “It’s one big, ugly lie. It’s one big fix.”

He characterised the charges of sexual misconduct as an indication that “this whole election is being rigged.” He added: “These lies spread by the media, without witnesses, without backup or anything else, are poisoning the minds of the electorate. No witnesses, no backup or anything else.”

Given the next article, he may have a point. In any case, the contrast with the media treatment of Bill Clinton, is outrageous.

Mr Trump also addressed allegations from Natasha Stoynoff, a People magazine writer who said Mr Trump forcibly kissed her during an interview more than a decade ago.

“These people are sick,” Mr. Trump said. “The reason she didn’t write it 12 years ago is very simple, it never happened. Never happened.”

What the allegations are really about:

[Trump] suggested in a statement that he would try to turn the conversation to “how together we fight to bring back American jobs and defend our country against radical Islamic terrorism.”

UPDATE: British man says Trump accuser is lying about their encounter in first class, by John Sexton. First, here is what the NY Times reports  Jessica Leeds as saying:

More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, Ms. Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.

About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.

According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”

But it seems there was a witness, Anthony Gilberthorpe, who seems confident Jessica Leeds is the woman he remembers seeing on a flight in 1980 or 1981 based on the old photo that appears in the NY Times video clip.

Gilberthorpe, 54, said he was sitting across the first class aisle from the couple and saw nothing inappropriate. Leeds was wearing a white pantsuit, he said, while Trump was wearing a suit and cuff-links, which he gave to his British flight companion.

Indeed, Gilberthorpe claimed, Leeds was “trying too hard” in her attempt to win Trump over.

“She wanted to marry him,” Gilberthorpe said of Leeds, who apparently made the confession when Trump excused himself and went to the bathroom.

1981? Really? What a great distraction from issues like immigration and Islamic terrorism. Who benefits?