After facing another tough week amid a string of new sexual assault allegations, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has his campaign in overdrive with less than 30 days before the general election and is campaigning today in New Hampshire and Maine with a message that he is the better candidate to serve as president.
According to a WBUR/MassINC poll released on Friday, Clinton has a +3 point advantage in New Hampshire and trails Clinton by 6.7 percent nationally, according to an average of major national polls sampled from 10/3 – 10/14 and posted on Real Clear Politics.
While campaigning in North Carolina on Friday, Trump pushed over his teleprompter after saying it was broken and explained to his supporters that he wasn’t going to pay the business who operates the teleprompter.
Trump continues to push the angry narrative that his female accusers are lying, Clinton should be jailed, the media is dishonest, and the election is “rigged,” a mantra his followers are quick to repeat.
Trump tweeted a similar message on Saturday.
Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail. Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2016
On Friday, Summer Zervos, a former “The Apprentice” contestant said during a press conference accompanied by her attorney Gloria Allred that Donald Trump kissed her on the lips after pulling her close and touched her breasts while they were together at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007.
Zervos said that Trump treated her as a “object to be hit upon” when she was pursuing employment with the Trump organization.
Zervos said that Trump advised her to strategically default on her home mortgage and claimed he knew how to maneuver with banks to get out of debt even though Zervos said that she was in good standing with her lender.
Zervos explained during the press conference that after turning down his sexual advances, Trump later offered her a low paying job at a golf course for half of the amount that she hoped to receive.
“Mr. Trump, today I feel that you were interested in me only because you wanted to have a sexual relationship with me and for no other reason” Zervos said.
“After hearing the released audio tapes and your denials during the debate, I felt a need to speak out about your behavior. You do not have a right to treat women as objects just because you are a star” Zarvos added.
In a released statement, Donald Trump denied the sexual groping claims Zarvos made on Friday during her press conference.
“To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I’ve conducted my life” Trump said.
In his usual anti-media stance, Trump blamed the “unethical press” for airing the recent sexual assault allegations that have surfaced and continues to believe in a conspiracy theory that the press is somehow colluding to get Clinton elected.
“I will take my message directly to the American people and bypass the unethical press that wants to see their candidate elected” Trump said in his statement.
Also on Friday, the Washington Post released an article and video about an interview with Kristin Anderson, a former model, who claimed that in the early 1990’s in New York, Donald Trump slipped his fingers under her mini skirt and touched her vagina through her underwear.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks called Anderson’s new accusation a “total fabrication.”
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said during a campaign rally in Seattle on Friday that she is proud that she is running a campaign that has focused on “ideas, not insults.”
“It is a shocker to me when I hear some of our fellow citizens led by my opponent degrade and demean so many other Americans” Clinton said.
Clinton called Trump “unqualified and unfit” to become president after pointing out that she’s worked with several other Republicans during her political career.
On Thursday the Washington Post Editorial Board endorsed Clinton for president and wrote that Trump is “uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament.”
The Post offered a long montage of Trump’s “many erroneous, malicious, and ignorant comments” since he launched his presidential campaign in June 2015.