Donald Trump says he has proof that none of the women who claim to be victims of unwanted sexual advances by him are credible. But he's not going to share that proof — because it's not the "appropriate time."
Trump's promise of proof comes the day after two women spoke to The New York Times about alleged incidences of assault by Trump, a profile in The Palm Beach Post of a woman who claims Trump touched her inappropriately went live and a former People magazine reporter detailed alleged sexual assault by Trump in a first-person essay.
The Republican presidential nominee has rebuffed them all.
Donald Trump on new allegations: "These claims are all fabricated. They're pure fiction and they're outright lies." https://t.co/edKBVLKClr— ABC News (@ABC) October 13, 2016
"These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false," he said during a rally in Florida Thursday. "And the Clintons know it. And they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They're pure fiction. And they're outright lies. These events never, ever happened. And the people who said them, meekly, fully understand."
"You take a look at these people, you study these people, and you'll understand also," he added, seemingly attacking them for their appearance. "Their claims are preposterous, ludicrous and defy truth, common sense and logic."
After his familiar barn-burner of a defense, Trump told the enthusiastic rally-goers he has "substantial evidence" that none of the women's claims are true, but alas said he would withhold that evidence in the same way he has withheld his tax returns.
"It will be made public in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time — very soon," Trump said.
Those two words — "appropriate time" — are the same words the brash billionaire has been using since 2011, when he was still caught up in the brouhaha about President Barack Obama's birth certificate. When pressed by an ABC News reporter at the time if he planned to follow through with his pledge to publicize his tax returns if the president shared his birth certificate (he did), the businessman said at the "appropriate time."
Despite pressure throughout this entire election cycle, and even though his running mate, Mike Pence, has released his returns, it is still not the "appropriate time" for Trump to share his taxes. It's unclear if his proof against these women will meet a similar fate.