Donald TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE said Friday he will address the nation “in a more personal way” as he faces mounting allegations from women who say he aggressively kissed or groped them.
Seven women have come forward in the last 48 hours to accuse him of sexual misconduct. Their stories come after Trump was caught in a 2005 video talking about groping and kissing women without their consent.
Trump has denied all of the accusations lodged against him and at a rally on Friday criticized the appearance and discredited his accusers.
He and his advisers have expressed fury at the media for publishing stories about the accusations, and Trump’s statement suggested the GOP presidential nominee would be trying to get around the press.
“Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE can spend all of her time and money pushing complete lies against our campaign, but I refuse to fall victim to this vicious cycle of personal attacks,” Trump said in the statement.
“In the coming days I plan on addressing our nation in a more personal way to present my vision,” he said. “I will take my message directly to the American people and bypass the unethical press that wants to see their candidate elected.”
The latest woman to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct is a former contestant on Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice” who held a dramatic press conference in Los Angeles with lawyer Gloria Allred.
Summer Zervos tearfully detailed an encounter with Trump at a Beverly Hills hotel from 2007, accusing the celebrity businessman of luring her into a bedroom with the promise of a job, before aggressively kissing her, groping her, and “thrusting his genitals” at her.
Trump denied the accusations, saying he only “vaguely” remembers Zervos and that he never met her inside of a hotel room or touched her inappropriately.
“That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I’ve conducted my life,” Trump said. “In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California.”
Trump blamed the media for its fascination with the women coming forward, and accused the press of blindly reciting their stories without bothering to investigate their veracity.
“The media is now creating a theater of absurdity that threatens to tear our democratic process apart and poison the minds of the American public,” Trump said.
“When Gloria Allred is given the same weighting on national television as the President of the United States, and unfounded accusations are treated as fact, with reporters throwing due diligence and fact-finding to the side in a rush to file their stories first, it’s evident that we truly are living in a broken system.”