Pence says evidence supporting Trump being prepared

2016-10-14 21:47
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West Palm Beach — Donald Trump insists he never even met some of the women now accusing him of sexual assault, and his running mate said on Friday the campaign is working on producing evidence the claims are false.

Trump himself has called his accusers "horrible liars" and has declared he will prove the allegations aren't true. But Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama say Americans are learning more about unacceptable behaviour by Trump every day.

"We can't expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years," the first lady told Clinton supporters at a rally in New Hampshire. In a passionate address on Thursday, Mrs Obama said that after years of working to end "this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect we're hearing these exact same things on the campaign trail. We are drowning in it."

In an appearance on Friday on Fox News, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence blamed the news media for what he characterised as an obsession with "unsubstantiated" claims by Trump's accusers.

"There will be more evidence coming out" to prove Trump's innocence, Pence said. Asked what evidence he was talking about, he said, "The campaign is working on bringing that information out". He did not elaborate.

Trump asserts that the news media is soft-pedaling the WikiLeaks emails at his expense. Four women have told publications detailed stories about encounters with Trump that ended with groping, kissing and other unwanted sexual advances.

"These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it," Trump said on Thursday in Florida. He offered no evidence discrediting the reports except to ask why his accusers had waited years and then made their allegations less than a month before the election.

His defence appeared undermined by a video that surfaced last week in which he bragged about kissing and groping women without their permission. Similar behaviour was detailed by women who accused Trump in articles published on Wednesday by The New York Times and the Palm Beach Post. Separately, a People magazine reporter offered a first-person account accusing Trump of attacking her in 2005 while she was in Florida to interview him and his pregnant wife.

Trump's attacks came after campaign manager Kellyanne Conway earlier in the week highlighted a Clinton tweet that said "every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported". Conway hoped to encourage more women to come forward with allegations against Bill Clinton, building on the campaign's decision to bring three of the former president's accusers to the second presidential debate.

Republican leaders across the country said they were deeply troubled by the allegations against Trump, but there was no evidence of new defections. Over the weekend, dozens of Republican senators and congressmen vowed they would not vote for him, with many calling on him to step aside. Some recanted after an aggressive weekend debate performance.

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