Trump appeared at a campaign rally in Palm Beach, Fla., today, and said all of the allegations about him were lies.
“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” Trump said.
“And the Clintons know it, and they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction, and they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened and the people that said them meekly fully understand,” he added.
Arianne Zucker, a soap opera star who figured prominently in the sexually degrading 2005 “hot mic” conversation between Trump and Billy Bush, appeared today (Oct 13) on the “Today” show.
In her first interview about the explosive audio tape, the actress said Trump’s remarks were not surprising.
“Not with that type of personality, I wasn’t shocked,” she told “Today”s Janet Shamlian, referring to Trump. (See Below)
Zucker was not aware of the bus conversation when she met Trump and Bush on the set of “Days Of Our Lives” to film Trump in a cameo role.
At the time, she had no clue what was going on when Bush urged her to give Trump a hug.
“Who knows how he was feeling when he walked off the bus or what he needed to do in the relationship? Because when he came off the bus with Mr. Trump, I had no feeling but professional,” she said.
But after hearing the audio tape, she was clear about her opinion. “They are offensive comments for women, period,” she said.
Zucker is one of a growing list of women who had uncomfortable encounters with Trump during his career as a real estate mogul and reality television host on “The Apprentice.”
So far, four Miss USA or Miss Teen USA contestants have come forward. They said Trump walked in on them when they were naked in a dressing room during the pageant, which Trump owned at the time.
In fact, Trump bragged during an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show that walking in on the contestants was one of the privileges of being the owner.
Two other women say Trump groped or kissed them without consent.
In one of the instances, Jessica Leeds, now 74, told The New York Times Trump grabbed her breast while seated next to her on an aircraft flight.
In the other, Rachel Crooks, then a 22-year-old receptionist for company located in Trump Tower in New York City, said Trump cornered her in an elevator and began trying to kiss her.
“I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she said.
Mindy McGillivray said Trump groped her 13 years ago at his Mar-a-Lago estate, in Palm Beach, Fla, according to The Palm Beach Post.
People magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff claimed Trump cornered her alone at his Mar-A-Largo estate in 2005 after she arrived to interview his new, and then pregnant wife, Melania.
“He was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat,” she wrote in a just published account of the incident.
Trump was also caught on an audio tape ogling a 10-year-old girl and suggesting he might date her in 10 years. He was 46 at the time.
So far, Trump’s defense is, he has no defense, except to insist all of the women are lying.
Some of his surrogates have also suggested the incidents were consensual and now the women were claiming otherwise for publicity.
Meanwhile, he continues to slide in pre-election polls with rival Hillary Clinton leading by double digits in a number of key swing states.
According to reports, audio tapes recorded during Trump’s tenure at NBC’s “The Apprentice” show him making more derogatory and sexist remarks about women. But so far, MGM, which owns the recordings is refusing to release them.
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