Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been plagued by a week of scandal. Trump was accused of various incidents of sexual assault, unwanted groping and other inappropriate behaviors, and he was also documented making vulgar comments about various women.
Trump gave a rally on Thursday in West Palm Beach and addressed the accusations of sexual assault.
He said that the accusations were completely false. He also said that he would released evidence to counter the accusations.
People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff recounted an experience in which Trump made an unwanted sexual advance toward her. Sharing her story on Wednesday night, Stoynoff said that the advance occurred while she was conducting a one-year-wedding-anniversary interview with Trump and then-pregnant wife Melania in 2005 at their Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.
A controversial hot mic recording of a vulgar 2005 conversation involving Trump was released on Friday. Stoynoff heard his words and interlaced them with her recollection. She described the advance, saying, “We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.”
Her story continued after, saying that Trump confidently told her, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” She also stated that Trump had waited for her in a private massage session at the estate. You can read the account in full here.
Trump has since denied this account, as well as the accounts of several other women, reporters and former participants in beauty pageant included, who have accused him of unwanted groping and other inappropriate behavior. Footage was also uncovered of Trump watching a then 10-year-old go up the escalator after having a conversation with her and then saying, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”
Another series of audio clips, focusing on various interviews between Trump and radio shock jock Howard Stern, have also been released. The candidate spoke vividly on his sexual activities, including infidelity, as well as his fascination with his daughter Ivanka.
Several Republican politicians retracted their endorsements, called for Trump to drop out or refused to defend his comments (including his own vice presidential pick) after they resurfaced. The Hill has compiled a thorough list of the Republicans who have pulled their support or asked Trump to step aside.