Trump, in Florida, calls female accusers ‘horrible liars’

first_img Published: October 13, 2016 1:44 PM EDT Updated: October 13, 2016 7:16 PM EDT Trump, in Florida, calls female accusers ‘horrible liars’ WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Rocked by allegations of sexual assault, Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at his female accusers as “horrible, horrible liars” as the deeply divisive presidential campaign sank further into charges and countercharges of predatory treatment of women.The Republican businessman devoted much of his talk in West Palm Beach to defending himself against multiple reports of inappropriate sexual behavior – accusations that he blamed on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the news media.“These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it,” Trump declared. His accusers, he said, “are horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible liars.”The comments came minutes after he called a reporter “a sleazebag” for asking whether Trump had ever touched or groped a woman without her consent.First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, offered an emotional counterargument in battleground New Hampshire, warning that Trump’s behavior sends a dangerous message to the nation’s children.“The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman, it is cruel, it is frightening, and the truth is it hurts,” Obama said. She added, “We can’t expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years.”The New York Times and the Palm Beach Post on Wednesday reported stories about three women who alleged Trump had inappropriately touched them. Separately, a People Magazine reporter wrote a detailed first-person account of being attacked by Trump while interviewing the businessman and his wife, Melania Trump.Trump said the claims “are all fabricated.”“They’re pure fiction, and they’re outright lies. These events never happened,” he said at the West Palm Beach rally.He added, “I will not allow the Clinton machine to turn our campaign into a discussion of their slanders and lies.”The crowd in West Palm Beach lent full-throated support to Trump.“What he said in public is a hundred times less than what [Clinton] did in public,” said Joe Guido, one of several thousand in attendance at the rally.Some lined up as early as 4 a.m., eight hours before the scheduled start time and nine hours before Trump actually took the stage. Many came ready with signs and Trump-themed gear.Many of Trump’s backers remain unmoved by the allegations, saying they’re behind Trump until the end.“I have never had any problems thinking he wouldn’t make it to the end, and i still feel that way, even through everything they put up against him,” Trump supporter Helen Holmberg said. “He’s still going strong and I think if he has that confidence, we need to have that confidence in him.”Trump’s campaign signaled Thursday that it would spend the election’s final month relitigating Bill Clinton’s marital affairs and unproven charges of sexual assault, as well as what Trump says is Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s role in intimidating the women who were involved.The developments come less than a week after the publication of a 2005 recording in which the Republican nominee boasted of using his fame to kiss and grab women without their consent.In an interview broadcast Thursday, the soap opera actress in the video said Trump’s comments were offensive. But actress Arianne Zucker, on NBC’s “Today,” said she wasn’t shocked, given “that type of personality.”The revelation of the video last Friday prompted many Republicans to withdraw their support for Trump – with some calling for him to drop out of the race – though a handful have since switched back to supporting him.Clinton adviser Jennifer Palmieri said the latest revelations match “everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women.”Taken together, the stories about Trump and his retorts about Bill Clinton have plunged an already rancorous campaign to new lows. The real estate mogul has also aggressively charged that Hillary Clinton not only needs to be defeated in November but also imprisoned: “Honestly, she should be locked up,” he said Thursday.And his campaign is facing questions about ties to Russian interests accused of hacking Democratic groups, as well as the hacking of a top Clinton adviser’s emails.For Trump, the cumulative effect appears to be a tumble in the battleground states he needs to win in November. What was already a narrow path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory is virtually indiscernible for Trump unless there’s a significant shake-up in the race between now and Nov. 8Rather than trying to make up ground by shifting attention back to issues like trade that have energized Trump backers and could appeal to new voters, the Republican campaign appears to be moving swiftly to make Bill Clinton’s past a centerpiece of its campaign.Building on Trump’s decision to bring three Bill Clinton accusers to last week’s presidential debate, the Republican nominee is expected to have the women appear with him on stage at rallies and do television interviews, according to a person briefed on the plan but not authorized to discuss it publicly. They were not on stage in West Palm Beach.The Trump campaign’s hope is to showcase the decades-old accusations to young voters, particularly women, who may not have been old enough to remember the controversies that dogged the Clintons in the 1990s. If the campaign can’t get them to vote for Trump, the hope is that they will stay home and depress turnout, which would likely hurt Democrats.But it’s unclear whether Trump’s strategy is even aimed at winning the election at this point.Increasingly, Trump’s campaign feels like an opportunity for longtime Clinton opponents to air decades worth of grievances about the Democratic power couple on the biggest stage in American politics.Trump confidant and informal adviser Roger Stone has long encouraged Trump to make Bill Clinton’s alleged assaults and the way his wife treated his accusers a centerpiece of the campaign. Steve Bannon, the campaign’s chief executive, ran Breitbart News, a conservative website that eagerly promotes conspiracy theories about the Clintons.Hillary Clinton, who is on pace to become America’s first female president if her lead holds, has tried to stay above the fray. She has yet to respond directly to Trump’s decision to resurrect accusations about her husband.Back in New Hampshire, Michelle Obama said, “Enough is enough.”“This has got to stop right now. Because consider this: If all of this is painful to us as grown women, what do you think this is doing to our children?”Trump is headed to Cincinnati for his next appearance, while running mate Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Pensacola and Miami on Friday. Related Articles: Author: Associated Press SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

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Kok puts Amsterdam on the HS map

first_imgNETHERLANDS Prime Minister Wim Kok revealed details on January 15 of the arrangements for funding and building the HSL Zuid high speed line between Amsterdam and the Belgian border. The public-private partnership formula developed by the government’s HSL Zuid planning agency will see the state procure the civil engineering works, while a private sector consortium will develop, build and maintain the line with responsibility for track, signalling and power supply. The private consortium will also manage paths and let them to train operators, who will pay fees to the government for use of the line. Ownership of the route will remain with the government, which is to rule by June on how operators will be given access.In return for initial investment of 1·5bn guilders, the consortium is expected to be granted a 30-year concession. Total investment in the project, which requires 100 route-km of new construction and substantial upgrading, will be around 8bn guilders.The funding formula was chosen after extensive consultations last year (RG 7.98 p441), with HSL Zuid’s plans attracting interest from more than 130 companies. The civil engineering works, to be completed in six lots, are now at the tender stage, and the next step will be to call international bids for the concession, with the associated mechanical and electrical works. A winner will be picked in 2000, which should allow opening in 2005, a date agreed contractually with Belgium. In that year 6·6 million passengers are expected to use HSL Zuid services, of which 1·7 million are likely to switch from the airlines.To put HSL Zuid in context, it will complete new high speed tracks most of the way from Paris to Amsterdam, allowing Thalys journey times to be cut to 3h 3min. Projected timing for through Eurostar services from London is 3h 39min.HLatest Dutch train operating company is Syntus, which has secured rights to run trains on two routes east of Arnhem: Zutphen – Winterswijk and Doetinchem – Winterswijk. Syntus aims to run half-hourly services throughout the day, and hoped to call tenders last month for 13 light diesel railcars to replace from 2001 the mixture of DMUs with which it started out. A disadvantage will be the end of through services between Arnhem and Winterswijk.last_img read more

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UPDATE: Traffic accident claims life of Laudat man

first_img Share Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 96 Views   5 comments The Suzuki Escudo registration number PM 569 collided with this cliff.Police public relations officer, inspector John Carbon has confirmed that the investigations are ongoing into a road traffic accident which occurred on the Silver Lake Public Road about 5:15 pm on February 19, 2014.“Suzuki Escudo registration number PM569 which was being driven in a southerly direction, by Phillip Luke Mathew, 60, of Laudat, ran off the road and struck the cliff on the northern side,” the report states. There was minimal damage caused to the vehicle, however, Matthew, a retired forestry officer, “was found in an unconscious state and transported to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival”. A coroner’s inquest has convened and a post mortem will follow.Matthew is the father of Triple Kay vocalist Lennan Alphill Matthew.– / 4Dominica Vibes News LocalNews UPDATE: Traffic accident claims life of Laudat man by: – February 19, 2014last_img read more

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Ronaldo ‘almost perfect’ – Carvalho

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, November 18- Ricardo Carvalho has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as “almost perfect” as his Portugal team-mate goes up against his Ballon D’Or rival Lionel Messi of Argentina in a friendly at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, who knows Old Trafford well from his time with Manchester United, is the current holder of the the world’s best player award. Tuesday’s match is set to see him face Barcelona’s Messi, last year’s runner-up, in international rather than La Liga action.Inevitably, the pair have been the focus of attention in the build-up to the game and Monaco defender Carvalho told a news conference on Monday: “It is normal about the game to speak about Cristiano and Messi but I think it is Portugal against Argentina.“For us Portuguese, everyone is expecting that Cristiano can win his third Golden Ball (Ballon D’Or). “I am a little bit suspect (biased) but I think he is the best. “We are so proud of him. He is doing a great job during this past six or seven years. He is improving all the small details, making so many goals.”– Missing nothing – “He wants always more, even in training,” Carvalho added.”He is looking always to try his best. “It is difficult because when you see him, he is almost perfect, strong, good in the air, fit always. It is difficult to say what he is missing,” Carvalho added.“He is strong, good in the air, good with his feet and he wants to win more and more. There is no reason for him not to win the third time.”Turning to the match, Carvalho said Portugal knew just how tough it would be to play an Argentina side that made it all the way to this year’s World Cup final in Brazil before losing to Germany.“We all know how good Argentina were. They were finalists in the World Cup. They have players who can decide the match in the spur of the moment. We just have to keep our eyes open and do our best. “We don’t know exactly who is going to play but the most important thing is for us to defend as a team and as a block and whoever is the nearest player, you need to mark them.” Portugal coach Fernando Santos tried to ignore the Ronaldo-Messi debate and instead concentrated on the match as a whole.“To you, it is a classic because to us, it is just another excellent game between Portugal and Argentina, two excellent nations,” he said. “They will perform as best as they can on the pitch. “What concerns me, since I arrived we played two games, we won both, Denmark and last week against Armenia (with Ronaldo scoring on each occasion in a pair of Euro 2016 1-0 qualifying wins) so the coefficient is quite good. We have to take the game tomorrow to create consistency and the base for future games.”Meanwhile Santos said he would be sympathetic to those Portugal players such as Ronaldo with particularly heavy schedules because of their clubs’ Champions League commitments. “The players will play whoever I choose but of course we take into consideration those who play in the Champions League because they play more matches and have a heavier calendar,” said Santos. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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