2016 race devolves into ugly fight over treatment of women
LAS VEGAS - America's campaign for president is quickly devolving into an ugly fight over who has treated women worse: Donald Trump, whose White House bid is floundering, or Bill Clinton, who isn't on the ballot.
Trump's campaign is now openly signaling it will spend the election's final month re-litigating Bill Clinton's marital affairs and unproven charges of sexual assault, as well as his wife and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's unverified role in intimidating the women who were involved. But Trump is a deeply imperfect messenger: his attacks on the Clintons' treatment of women are being overshadowed by a flood of allegations that he kissed and groped women without their consent.
The New York Times and the Palm Beach Post reported stories about three women who alleged Trump had inappropriately touched them.
The Republican nominee says on Twitter that a New York Times story on two women who allege he groped them years ago is "phony" and a "total fabrication."
Trump is also going after a People Magazine writer who alleges Trump pinned her against a wall and kissed her without consent in 2005 as she was interviewing him for a wedding anniversary story.
He tweeted: "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!
The writer says she didn't publicize the incident at the time because she was ashamed, afraid of the repercussions and blamed herself for what she says happened.
The New York Times responded to the threat Thursday afternoon.
The response came from David E. McCraw, vice president and assistant general counsel for the New York Times Company. He said in a letter Thursday that the public has a right to hear from women who say the Republican presidential nominee sexually assaulted them.
Trump has threatened to sue the newspaper. McCraw wrote to a lawyer for Trump that if Trump believes the law protects him from critics, "we welcome an opportunity to have a court set him straight."