Trump goes on attack: 'It's one big fix'

Posted October 14

— After a week of condemnation and defections by Republican supporters, presidential candidate Donald Trump lashed out at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and the national media on Friday, blaming them for reports that he groped and made lewd comments about women.

And in language not seen before on the presidential trail, Trump told supporters some of his accusers would not have been attractive enough to merit his attention.

Speaking at a half-full White Oak Amphitheatre in Greensboro, Trump urged supporters to fight back against what he called "one big, ugly lie" perpetrated to defeat his bid for the White House.

"The corrupt media is trying everything in their power to stop our movement," he said. "This is our last chance to save our country and reclaim it for we the people."

In the week since a videotape from 2005 surfaced in which Trump bragged about kissing and touching women, several women have come forward to state that they were on the receiving end of unwanted sexual advances by Trump.

Trump insisted that he doesn't know who four of his accusers are, but criticized the appearances of two of them. One, reporter Natasha Stoynoff, covered the Trump family for People magazine for months - before, she says, Trump attempted to force himself on her in an empty room while his pregnant wife Melania was upstairs changing clothes.

"When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said, 'I don't think so,'" Trump told the crowd to applause. "I don't think that happened with her and many people, but it's certainly not going to happen with me."

"She’s a liar. She is a liar," he assured the crowd. "Check out her Facebook page. You’ll understand."

Trump also mocked businesswoman Jessica Leeds, who said he groped her on an airplane.

"'He went after me on the plane,'" he said, imitating Leeds. "Yeah. I’m gonna go after her. Believe me, she would not be my first choice. That I can tell you."

The Republican nominee also denied accusations that he had tried to physically intimidate Clinton at their debate last Sunday.

"I’m standing at my podium, and she walks in front of me," he said. "When she walked in front of me, believe me, I wasn’t impressed."

"I'm being viciously attacked by lies and smears," he said. "These stories are total fiction. They're 100 percent made up. They never happened."

Many is attendance agreed with Trump's assessment of the misconduct allegations

"I know that the majority of things that’s being said is not true," said John Witt of Goldsboro. "It’s just the media and other things they put out there."

"Really, what man hasn’t kind of said those things in their life unless they’re like God?" Amarus Titus of Hillsdale said with a laugh.

"I think that’s just a side issue. To me, I look at the overall picture, and he’s a much better candidate," said Carolyn Calvarese of Jamestown. "They’re just sidetracking. They don’t want to get on the issues."

Trump, who also was to appear in Charlotte on Friday night, charged that the media is colluding with the Clinton campaign to stoke the fire and keep the story in the headlines, overwhelming "horrible, horrible" details about Clinton in emails obtained by WikiLeaks.

The emails, he said, show how Clinton conspired with the State and Justice departments during the investigation of emails that had been deleted from a private server she used during her time as secretary of state and that she couldn't remember key events or details about her use of the server 21 different times.

As Trump blasted Clinton, the crowd chanted, "Lock her up. Lock her up."

"For what she's done, they should lock her up. It's disgraceful," he said, reiterating his plan to seek another investigation of her missing emails if he's elected. "We also have to investigate the (FBI) investigation itself."

But he fears that the sexual misconduct stories will derail his candidacy, and he said voters need to stand up and make a difference on Election Day.

"We can't let them change the most important election of our lifetime," he said. "Our media is indeed sick. And it’s making our country sick. And we’re going to stop it."

"The process is rigged," he continued. "The whole thing is one big fix."

Advisers had urged Trump to avoid speaking about the controversy, but he said he had to hit back against the allegations before going through his usual campaign talking points: a border wall with Mexico, repealing the Affordable Care Act, renegotiating trade deals, protecting the Second Amendment and cutting taxes.

"I'm taking these slings and arrows for you so we can have our borders, so we can get back our jobs, so we can be a safe nation again," he said. "On Nov. 8, the arrogance of Washington, D.C., will come face to face with the righteous verdict of the American voter. It's time."


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  • Robert Richardson Oct 17, 10:55 a.m.
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    Instinct? The man himself said he had no problem walking up to a woman and grabbing or kissing her without consent. But no, your instinct says that ALL of these women are lying. Did you know Melania is threatening to sue one of the women who claims to have been assaulted? She is suing, not because she thinks the woman is lying about the assault, but because the woman says they met on the street a while after the assault where Melania asked her why she doesn't come to see her anymore. Melania says that meeting never occurred. Why threaten to sue over that little bit and not all of it. What does Melania know that the general public doesn't? Is she an enabler too like Trump claims Hillary to be?

  • Raleigh Rose Oct 17, 9:58 a.m.
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    Okay, the POTUS cannot strip you of your 2nd Amendment rights. That would take a Constitutional Amendment. It was the same lie that the NRA and the right fed their voters when Obama took office and nothing has changed. In fact, gun rights have strengthened under Obama, not been lessened. All these lies do is ensure the gun manufacturers make more money, because people who believe the lie go out and stock up under the false belief someone is coming for their guns. Obama has been POTUS for almost 8 years and has anyone knocked on your door to confiscate your guns? Try looking up what it takes to add an amendment to the Constitution. It aint' easy.

  • Pam Snyder Oct 17, 8:41 a.m.
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    I'll be glad when all this election stuff is over! Trump this Trump that....I personally don't believe the accusations about him, call it instinct. I do KNOW however she let soldiers die, her husband did his fair share of " naughty talk and actions" but we're ok letting all that go. The ONLY reason she hasn't been indited is because they think Trump will be worse. It's true he says too much without thinking, he's his worse ENEMY!! However, he's not using teleprompters to tell him what to say! I really HOPE AND PRAY he uses 1 in this week's debate if not.....we're screwed with another 4 years of Obama ideas!

  • Jahman Playaman Oct 17, 4:33 a.m.
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    The burning of the RNC office just doesn't seem to be all that it should.... This sounds all too reminiscent of the attack on the Riechstag (which was carried out by the Nazi party)..... I would not be surprised if trump supporters do this exact same thing in other battle ground states as an attempt to galvanize supports to vote for their losing candidate who is a complete psychopath.

  • Sam Nada Oct 16, 8:09 p.m.
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    You'll have to forgive them, Trump has convinced his devotees they're voting for Emperor, and the Constitution is merely a suggestion that he can ignore at his whim. Fortunately for the rest of us he'll never get near the WH without a visitor pass.

  • Paul Maxwell Oct 16, 7:27 p.m.
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    "She" cannot end private ownership of firearms. Changing the United States Constitution requires a majority vote of both house of Congress and ratification by 38 states. You know that ain't gonna happen. We should all be smart enough to realize that most of the rhetoric around the 2nd Amendment (on both sides) is pure political hogwash. And I would argue that the First Amendment is the "backbone" of all the rest. And, frankly, the one most often abused or ignored of just plain violated.

  • Susan Eaton Oct 16, 7:16 p.m.
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    Trump lies all the time. There are stats on how many lies he tells per day or per hour. He is at the top of the political lie frequency leaderboard, especially troubling when he has such a brief history as a politician. Making any reference to a single candidate as a "liar" as a basis for voting is a false premise this year.

  • Vince DiSena Oct 16, 10:03 a.m.
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    And so then will be America, over. She will end private ownership of firearms, The 2nd amendment is the backbone of the constitution/bill of rights, it's all that stands between freedom and tyranny. If you know history, you should know that. Trump's problem is his mouth, HRC threatens national security. She is a pathological liar. I am not voting to put Trump in the White House, I am voting to keep the Clinton machine out. A known womanizing rapist, and a lying murderer.

  • Sam Nada Oct 15, 8:31 p.m.
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    Really? That's it? People "expected things", she was asked questions she couldn't recall, and rumors of someone somewhere being frustrated? Gee, I guess she should just drop out on those "revelations".

    Trump has no cards left to play. He's going to lose badly to a woman and can't take it like a man, so he has to pretend he's being cheated by a bunch of media meanies, and "lying" women. Poor thing. Has to be tough on his fragile ego being the rich, white guy victim. You know you're down and out when your only hope is the sympathy vote.

  • Barney Gravel Oct 15, 6:05 p.m.
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    Everyday, we learn more and more from the Wikileaks email dumps. The level of corruption with the Clintons is astounding.

    Just this morning, Wikileaks email dump #7 confirmed what many already knew…the Clinton Foundation donors expected quid pro quo.

    We also have also recently learned that of the 25 questions Hillary had to answer under oath about her home brew email server, she claimed she couldn’t recall on 21 of the questions. Does she have memory loss?

    On top of everything else, news sources are reporting that there is a great amount of frustration and anger within the FBI because Hillary was not charged with a crime.

    Sources claim the decision not to charge her was a top down decision by FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. According to these sources, the agents on the ground built a very strong case against her and wanted her prosecuted…but they didn’t even take the case to a grand jury.