Donald Trump is firing back at two mainstream media outlets for libel today, one the New York Times for publishing a story where two women claim to have been inappropriately touched by Trump years ago, and the other People Magazine, where a People reporter claimed Trump pinned her to the wall and passionately kissed her without her consent in 2005.
On Twitter, Trump blasted the New York Times, writing, "The phony story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on women. WATCH!"
He also excoriated People on Twitter, saying, "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's senior communications advisor Jason Miller wrote on Trump's campaign website that "This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous. To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election."
Trump's lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz demanded a retraction from the New York Times, saying, "It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump's candidacy. That is why you apparently performed an entirely inadequate investigation to test the veracity of these false and malicious accusations, including why two individuals waited, in one case, 11 years, and, in another case, more than three decades, before deciding to come forward with these false and defamatory statements."
Trump's national press secretary Hope Hicks addressed the People story on Trump's campaign website, writing, “This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fictional story. Why wasn’t this reported at the time? Mr. Trump was the biggest star on television and surely this would have been a far bigger scoop for People magazine. This is nothing but a politically motivated fictional pile-on.”
What do you think about all of this?