Trump Uses ‘Gettysburg Address’ To Threaten To Sue Sexual Assault Accusers
Donald Trump just managed to turn what was billed as a major policy speech to outline his vision for first 100 days as president into a threat to sue every woman who has accused him of sexual assault.
The Republican presidential nominee made the vow during a planned policy speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a town from where Abraham Lincoln gave his celebrated address during the Civil War.
Speaking near the site where Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address in 1863, Trump proclaimed to an invitation-only crowd: “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign, total fabrication. The events never happened, all of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”
Trump added that “it was probably the DNC and the Clinton campaign that put forward these liars with these fabricated stories”.
“We’ll find out at a later date through litigation,” he said, “and I look so forward to it.”
Ten women have accused Trump of sexual assault since the leak two weeks ago of a 2005 Access Hollywood recording, in which the Republican nominee boasted of attempting to “fuck” a married woman and grabbing women’s genitalia without their consent.
The lawyer Gloria Allred planned a press conference for Saturday afternoon at which she said she would introduce a new accuser.
The GOP presidential candidate also railed against the media, singling out the corporate owners of NBC, CNN and the Washington Post, all outlets he has complained about during his campaign, for special scrutiny under a Trump administration.
Trump also said that the United States would pay for a wall with Mexico “with the full understanding” that the Latin American country would reimburse it for costs. It’s a small, but noticeable tweak in Trump’s signature campaign policy. He had previously simply said that Mexico would pay for the wall.
Echoing Republicans’ 1994 “contract with America,” Trump described his plan as a contract between himself and the American people. However, most of the policy proposals Trump eventually presented were a rehash of proposals that had already been made on the campaign trail.