First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a powerful rebuke of Donald Trump and his behavior toward women during one of the most emotional speeches of the presidential campaign on Thursday.
“This is not normal,” Obama said in the New Hampshire address. “This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. This is intolerable.”
Obama framed the election as a crucial moment for the history of women — not just because voters have the opportunity to elect their first female president, but because they can send a message that the country no longer tolerates the attitudes toward women that Trump represents. She said that tolerating another minute of Trump’s behavior, including the lewd remarks caught on a hot mic and the allegations several women are now making that he groped and kissed them against their will, is hurting women and sending a dangerous message to America’s youth.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said he is not surprised to see multiple women stepping forward to accuse Trump of groping and kissing them against their will. During an interview on ABC’s “The View,” Kaine said what surprises him is that Trump didn’t see it coming.
“I was surprised onstage Sunday night when he said, ‘I just said that, I never did it,’ ” Kaine said, referring to Trump’s insistence during the presidential debate that his bragging about making unwanted sexual advances on a recently disclosed video was just “locker room talk.”
“I felt like, OK, how many days is it going to be until folks are coming out and saying, ‘No that’s exactly the way he treated me,’ and now we are seeing that happen,” Kaine said. He added that he is “not surprised, but it is shocking."
The answer may emerge during a meeting this week of astrologists from around the globe, who are vowing to study charts and planetary positions to predict who will be the next U.S. president.
About 500 members of the International Society for Astrological Research will gather in Costa Mesa from Thursday to Sunday for a symposium tackling a wide variety of topics, including the financial markets, relationships and roller-coaster politics.
Several of the women who stepped forward Wednesday with allegations of Donald Trump groping them and kissing them against their will say they were motivated to go public by his response to a leaked video in which he boasted of exactly that behavior.
Trump denied he ever did the things he bragged about on the tape.
The footage came from "Access Hollywood," taping a segment about a Trump cameo on "Days of Our Lives." He and host Billy Bush were greeted on set by Arianne Zucker, an actress on the show, and just before they met her, Trump boasted that he might just start kissing her, and how being a star enabled him to just grab women’s genitalia.
Donald Trump’s campaign is reeling from the fallout of new allegations by women that he groped and kissed them without consent. The campaign has responded by saying the GOP presidential candidate is the victim, calling the accounts false and defamatory, and threatening to file lawsuits.
But the volume of incidents -- which emerged separately Wednesday evening in the New York Times, People magazine and the Palm Beach Post -- appear to be giving Trump surrogates pause. By 8 a.m. on the East Coast, not a single elected official appeared on CNN to defend Trump. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, who had been scheduled, canceled his appearance.
The task of defending Trump was left mostly to his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is on CNN’s payroll.
The electoral map for Donald Trump continues to shrink.
The Republican presidential candidate's vows to make a big push in Virginia have faded amid news reports that his campaign is shifting resources out of the battleground state. The move reflects not just the recent reports of Trump's inappropriate behavior with women, but the demographic realities of the state.
The population explosion in Virginia’s northern suburbs have, politically at least, turned the once solidly GOP Southern stronghold into a mid-Atlantic swing state that leans Democratic.
Multiple women recounted being kissed and groped by Donald Trump without their consent in reports published Wednesday, saying they came forward because the GOP presidential nominee dismissed his lewd comments caught on tape as “locker room talk,” not actual sexual aggression.
Trump, already reeling from the fallout of the 2005 recording that emerged Friday, denied the reports. His attorneys demanded a retraction from the New York Times, saying the paper’s article about two women’s claims is “reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se.” If the paper does not retract the article and remove it from its website, says the letter to Dean Baquet, the paper’s executive editor, Trump will “pursue all available actions and remedies.”
Late Wednesday, People magazine also published an account from one of its former writers who described being attacked by the GOP nominee when she went to Mar-a-Lago to interview Trump and his wife, Melania, for a story about their first wedding anniversary.