Donald Trump: I’ll sue the New York Times
October 13, 2016
Donald Trump has never been the biggest fan of “the media” in general, and The New York Times in particular. He’s singled out the paper for criticism a number of times on Twitter and in campaign rallies.
Now he’s threatening to sue it, saying he was libeled and defamed by an article published late Wedsnesday that accuses Trump of kissing and groping two women without permission.
The story, headlined “2 Women Say They Endured Trump’s Sexual Aggression,” has been creating buzz all over the internet, and other news organizations have followed up with more stories of women who say Trump made unwanted sexual advances on them. The story lead Thursday’s evening news shows.
Trump: Did not
Trump, who denied the initial allegations to The Times, tweeted, “The phoney story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on woman. WATCH!”
Trump said he can prove that the allegations are false, though he has not gone into detail. Trump’s lawyers have asked The Times to retract the story.
His campaign said Trump intends to take legal action against the paper, though many legal experts say he’d have a difficult case. The Times spoke with people who confirmed that the women had told others about the alleged unwanted contact.
Trump canceled a planned appearance on the Fox News Channel show “Hannity” on Thursday following the media firestorm. Some have speculated he may drop out of next week’s debate.
CPJ speaks out against Trump
The Republican candidate’s relationship with the press has always been testy, but Thursday marked a new low. In addition to the Times lawsuit mess, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement saying it considers Trump a threat to press freedom.
“Donald Trump, through his words and actions as a candidate for president of the United States, has consistently betrayed First Amendment values,” CPJ said.
“Since the beginning of his candidacy, Trump has insulted and vilified the press and has made his opposition to the media a centerpiece of his campaign. Trump has routinely labeled the press as ‘dishonest’ and ‘scum’ and singled out individual news organizations and journalists.”
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