(CNSNews.com) - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters at a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday that he has been the target of a smear campaign orchestrated by The New York Times, who published a story Wednesday about two women who alleged that Trump touched them inappropriately.
“And so now we address the slander and libels that was just last night thrown at me by the Clinton machine and The New York Times and other media outlets as part of a concerted, coordinated and vicious attack,” Trump said.
“It’s not coincidence that these attacks come at the exact same moment and altogether at the same time as Wikileaks releases documents exposing the massive international corruption of the Clinton machine, including 2,000 more emails just this morning,” Trump said.
According to The New York Times, Jessica Leeds, claimed that Trump touched her inappropriately while she was seated next to him on a plane in the 1980s. Another woman, Rachel Cooks, claimed she was kissed on the mouth by Trump without her permission outside an elevator in Trump Tower in 2005.
“These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction, and they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened,” Trump said.
“You take a look at these people. You study these people, and you’ll understand also. The claims are preposterous, ludicrous and defy truth, common sense and logic. We already have substantial evidence to dispute these lies, and it will be made public in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time very soon,” he said.
“These lies come from outlets whose past stories and past claims have already been discredited. The media outlets did not even attempt to confirm the most basic facts because even a simple investigation would have shown that these were nothing more than false smears,” Trump said.
“Six months ago, the failing NYT wrote a massive story attacking me, and the central witness they used said the story was false, that she was quoted inaccurately. She said that I was a great guy. She had great courage, I’ll be honest with you. She was an amazing person and never made those remarks,” he said.
“We demanded a retraction, but they refused to print it, just like they refused to print the comments from another source, who praised me in her book, or the words of another wonderful woman who said really nice things about me. They put other statements that she didn’t say. They misrepresented,” Trump added.
Trump said his campaign is preparing a lawsuit against the paper.
“The story was a fraud and a big embarrassment to The New York Times, and it was a big front page story - front page, center, color picture, a disgrace. They were very embarrassed. It will be part of the lawsuit we are preparing against them,” Trump said.
“Now today the same two discredited writers, who should have been fired from The New York Times for what they did, tell another totally fabricated and false story that supposedly took place on an airplane more than 30 years ago,” Trump said, referring to Leeds’ claims.
“Another ridiculous tale, no witnesses, no nothing. Then there was a writer from People magazine who wrote a story on Melania and myself on our first anniversary,” Trump said, referring to Natasha Stoynoff, a reporter for People magazine, who claimed Trump forcibly kissed her in 2005 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla.
“The story was beautiful. It was beautiful. It was lovely, but last night we hear that after 12 years - this took place 12 years ago, this story - a new claim that I made inappropriate advances during the interview to this writer, and I asked very simple question: Why wasn’t it part of the story that appeared 12 years ago? Why wasn’t it part of the story? Why didn’t they make it part of the story?” Trump asked.
“I was one of the biggest stars on television with the Apprentice, and it would have been one of the biggest stories of the year,” he said. “Think of it. She’s doing this story on Melania, who’s pregnant at the time, and Donald Trump, our one year anniversary, and she says I made inappropriate advances,” Trump said.
Trump said the interview took place in a public area with glass walls. He also pointed out that the claims have been made less than a month before the presidential election.
“And by the way, the area was a public area - people all over the place. You take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so,” he said.
“If I did that, she would have added that. It would have been the headline, and who would have done that if you’re doing this, and you’re one of the top shows on television? These people are horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible liars, and interestingly, it happens to appear 26 days before a very important election. Isn’t that amazing?” Trump said.
“This invented account has already been debunked by eyewitnesses who were there. They were were there. The very witness identified by the author has said the story was totally false. Otherwise, it’s a room that everybody can see in. It’s got glass walls. It’s at Mar-a-Lago. It’s got glass walls. Can you believe this? Why wasn’t it in the story, biggest story of the year?” he asked.