Donald Trump on Thursday emphatically denied accusations that he groped and kissed women without their consent, after a series of news reports published Wednesday evening in which four women accused him of unwanted sexual advances.
“The phoney story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on woman. WATCH!” Trump wrote on Twitter, referencing a New York Times report about two women who say he touched them or kissed them without their permission. He later corrected his spelling of “phony.”
The Republican presidential nominee also went after a former People magazine reporter who wrote that he kissed her without her consent at his Mar-a-Lago resort when they were alone before an interview with him and his wife, Melania, in 2005.
“Why didn’t the writer of the twelve-year-old article in People Magazine mention the ‘incident’ in her story. Because it did not happen!” Trump tweeted.
The allegations have put Trump further on the defensive at a time when he trails Democrat Hillary Clinton badly in key swing states and has been abandoned by many Republican elected officials. He is scheduled to campaign in Florida and Ohio on Thursday.