Donald Trump Dismisses Latest Accuser | ‘Oh, I’m Sure She’s Never Been Grabbed Before’


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Donald J. Trump on Monday disparaged the latest woman to accuse him of touching her inappropriately, dismissing her as a “porn star” and saying sarcastically, “Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.”
The comment was a response to the accuser, Jessica Drake, who over the weekend accused Mr. Trump of groping and kissing her without her permission in 2006. He also, she said, offered her $10,000 to go to his hotel room.
Ms. Drake, an actress in pornographic films, is one of several women to accuse him of unwanted aggressive sexual advances. Mr. Trump has called all of the allegations lies and has said that he does not know the women.
But in a radio interview on WGIR’s “New Hampshire Today,” it was clear that Mr. Trump was aware of Ms. Drake.
“One said, ‘He grabbed me on the arm.’ And she’s a porn star,” Mr. Trump said, in comments that were first given widespread attention by CNN. “You know, this one that came out recently, ‘he grabbed me and he grabbed me on the arm.’”
He added, “Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.”
The accusations are part of a “rigged” system, Mr. Trump said, that includes a “dishonest” news media and “phony polls” that show him well behind Hillary Clinton.
And in campaign events on Monday in Florida, he turned his focus to the polls.
He is down double digits in some national polls, but from his perch onstage in St. Augustine, Fla., soaking in the screaming cheers of thousands of fervent supporters, Mr. Trump saw a different reality.
“Just in case you haven’t heard, we’re winning, not only Florida, but we’re winning everywhere,” Mr. Trump told the crowd.
Numerous polls show Mr. Trump’s path to victory drawing narrower, and he trails Mrs. Clinton in several swing states. In St. Augustine, he blamed the “thieves and crooks” in the news media for reporting on the polling and said the polls themselves were biased, all of it, he said, amounting to voter suppression.
“It’s called voter suppression because people will say, ‘Oh, gee, Trump’s down,’” Mr. Trump told the crowd, before reminding it, “Well, folks, we’re winning.”
Any polls suggesting otherwise, he told his supporters, are not to be believed.
His anti-polling and anti-news media message is quickly catching on with his supporters.
“There’s no way any of those polls are real,” said Bill Stelling, 44, a real estate agent from Jacksonville, Fla. “If you’ve gone around throughout the country and seen what’s going on, you go through any neighborhood and see how many Trump signs there are and how many Hillary sings there are, and I guarantee you it’s not even going to be close. It’s not even going to be close.”
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What We’re Reading Elsewhere

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