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Donald Trump Threatens To Sue Accusers After Election

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GETTSYBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised on Saturday to foil a proposed deal for AT&T to buy Time Warner if he wins the Nov. 8 election, arguing it was an example of a “power structure” rigged against both him and voters.

Trump, whose candidacy has caused ruptures in his party, listed his policy plans for the first 100 days of his presidency in a campaign speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, near the site of a Civil War battlefield and a celebrated address by President Abraham Lincoln.

But he also defiantly raised personal grievances, describing how, if elected, he would address them from the White House in a way he said would benefit Americans.

The speech was billed by his campaign as a major outlining of his policies and principles. Many of the policy ideas Trump listed on Saturday were familiar, not least his promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico to deter illegal immigration and to renegotiate trade deals and to scrap the Obamacare health policy.

Moments after promising Americans that he represented a hopeful break from the status quo, he promised to sue nearly a dozen women who have come forward in the last two weeks to accuse him of sexual assault, calling them liars.

And he added a new threat to his repeated castigation of U.S. media corporations, which he says cover his campaign unfairly to help Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“They’re trying desperately to suppress my vote and the voice of the American people,” Trump, who often rails against media outlets and journalists covering his events, told supporters in his speech. Trump has not provided evidence for his assertion that the election would be rigged.

“As an example of the power structure I’m fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few,” Trump said.

Telecommunications company AT&T Inc has agreed in principle to buy Time Warner Inc, one of the country’s largest film and television companies, for about $85 billion and an announcement could be made as early as Saturday.

Trump also said he would look at “breaking” up the acquisition by Comcast Corp of the media company NBC Universal in 2013.

“Deals like this destroy democracy,” he said in explaining his apparent deviation from the traditional Republican position that seeks to minimize the taxation and regulation of American companies.

Amazon.com Inc, the online retailer, should also be paying “massive taxes”, Trump said, reminding voters that Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, a newspaper whose coverage Trump dislikes.

Trump, a wealthy New York building developer and television star, acknowledged in a debate with Clinton on Oct. 9 that he had used investment losses to avoid paying taxes. The New York Times reported on Oct. 1 that Trump‘s declared loss of $916 million in 1995 was so large that he could legally have avoided paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

At a campaign event later on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Clinton criticized Trump‘s stance on news outlets, noting that she receives negative coverage too.

“When he blows up at a journalist or criticizes the press and goes on and on and on – you know, I get criticized by the press,” she said. “I believe that’s part of our democratic system.”

In a statement, Clinton spokeswoman Christina Reynolds described the speech as “rambling, unfocused, full of conspiracy theories and attacks on the media, and lacking in any real answers for American families.”

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

Although Trump on Saturday described his plans at least in part as a response to his belief media organizations had treated him unfairly, he argued that less wealthy voters had even greater cause to worry.

“When a simple phone call placed with the biggest newspapers or television networks gets them wall-to-wall coverage with virtually no fact-checking whatsoever, here is why this is relevant to you,” he said. “If they can fight somebody like me who has unlimited resources to fight back, just look at what they could do to you, your jobs, your security, your education, your health care.”

Trump, who has said he may not accept the election’s outcome if he loses, is trailing Clinton in most polls – although he has narrowed the gap according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College, however, and claim the U.S. presidency, a Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project poll released on Saturday showed.

Trump has bluntly said that Mexico will pay for the wall, an idea the Mexican government has scoffed at. He tweaked his language on Saturday, saying the United States would fully fund the wall with the understanding that Mexico would reimburse the cost.

Trump‘s campaign was thrown into crisis two weeks ago when a 2005 video was released showing him bragging about groping and kissing women, prompting several prominent Republicans to announce they would not vote for him.

Since then, at least 10 women have said Trump made unwanted sexual advances, including groping or kissing, in incidents from the early 1980s to 2007, all of which Trump has denied. On Saturday, Jessica Drake, an adult film actor, accused Trump of pressuring her to have sex with him 10 years ago when they met at a golf tournament. After that, she said a man, possiblyTrump, called her to offer her $10,000 if she would have sex with him, which she declined.Trump‘s campaign said the accusations were false.

Trump, 70, said he was being attacked because he was an outsider who had never previously run for office, which he argues is a virtue.

“The fact that Washington and the Washington establishment has tried so hard to stop our campaign is only more proof that our campaign represents the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,” he said.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson and Jonathan Allen; Additional reporting by Amanda Becker in Pittsburgh; editing by Grant McCool)

Photo: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Aston, Pennsylvania, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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  1. Independent1 October 22, 2016

    Trump continues to spew his fantasy ideas like building a wall, as if as president, he would have the authority to do get everything done that he can dream up. He consistently refuses to acknowledge that much of what he’s promising his clueless supporters will, in fact, get accomplished’ especially if the Democrats can wrest control of the Senate. And a lot of what he’s claiming he wants to do won’t get done even if the Repubs retain the Senate; as the GOP leadership knows many of Trump’s fantasy initiatives would tank the American economy; and totally destroy America
    s relationships with many of our current close allies.

    So what’s really unfortunate, is that it’s obvious that a large portion of Trump’s supporters are as ignorant with respect to how our democracy works, as Donald Trump appears to be. He’s clearly off in fantasy land, thinking that our president is like a corporate CEO and can command his “underlings” to do just whatever is his whim. Should the American be so ignorant as to elect such an ignoramus as Donald Trump; Donald Trump is in for a very rude awakening.

    And a lot of Donald’s fantasies come about because his parents did him a great disservice, and brainwashed him to believe that he was born with superior genes; which is why he always acts as if he’s the smartest guy in the room or world; and that he’s never wrong. Because, how could he be wrong since he’s a superior person to everyone around him (that’s how Donald thinks – even when he’s using that “I’m better than you are attitude” in his relationships with women.

    See from Yahoo News:

    How does Donald Trump lose?

    The answer, apparently, is that he never does. At least not in his own mind. To review his life and talk to people who have watched him for decades is to realize that he has never once seen himself as anything but the victor. And that realization both explains much of his 18-month campaign for the White House and gives hints as to what might happen should he lose on November 8.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trumps-fine-art-of-losing-192113945.html

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    1. Sand_Cat October 23, 2016

      The really scary thing is that – as you pointed out – so many people have bought into his lies and fantasies whole-heartedly. Trump is what one would hope is a mentally ill aberration; the only explanation / excuse for his followers is pure ignorance and – in some cases – malice and bigotry.
      Tom Engelhardt rightly pointed out that for at least some of them, it’s like being a suicide bomber: they’ll take the country with them into disaster by electing Trump.

      1. FireBaron October 23, 2016

        You want to note someone who people believed, regardless of how bad things would have been under him? Read about Huey Long! That was the one politician who, had he not been assassinated, may have successfully challenged FDR in the 1940 elections.

        1. The lucky one October 23, 2016

          Accomplishments of Long’s term as governor listed below. I’m sure there is some exaggeration here but it’s true that Long did much to help the common man. He also arose form humble beginnings. Neither of which are true of Trump, the “people’s candidate”. He was corrupt however, something he and Donnie share though Long was no contender with Trump in that area.

          9,700 miles of new roads
          111 new toll-free bridges
          Free textbooks
          Free schools
          Statewide school bussing
          Adult literacy programs
          LSU expansion
          LSU medical school
          Expanded Charity Hospitals
          Reformed mental institutions
          Reformed state prison
          Abolished poll tax
          New State Capitol building
          New governor’s mansion
          New Orleans sea wall
          New Orleans airport
          Reduced utility rates
          Natural gas to all cities
          Reduced property taxes
          Debt Moratorium Act
          * Some of Long’s programs were completed by his successor, Gov. O.K. Allen.

      2. Blueberry Hill October 23, 2016

        You are so correct. I see he has an ad out now promising Child Care. What a load of crap. If people cannot afford the child care they need, it is because they don’t make enough money to even pay taxes. He declares that they can get Child Care refunded on their taxes. Is he really that stupid, or just another Con Job? If they cannot pay taxes, there are NO REFUNDS for anything. Wake up people, he is not the one to save you, he is blindsiding and conning you.

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  2. Sand_Cat October 23, 2016

    How absolutely typical: he trashes the reputation of the women who accuse him, but then has the gall to accuse Hillary of mistreating the women who cheated with her husband. Not only is his claim based on zero evidence, but also he seems to think the wives should be full of nothing but praise and affection for such women.

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    1. FireBaron October 23, 2016

      Sand, that’s because Teflon Donnie has to be the center of attention. In his warped view of reality the entirety of the universe revolves around him. No matter what he has done, someone else has to be worse. Examples of his denigration – John McCain, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, JEB!, Pope Francis, the tribal leadership of the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, the Nevada Gaming Commission, Steve Wynn. The list goes on and on.

    2. Thoughtopsy October 23, 2016

      He doesn’t understand anything and is not capable of rational thought.
      This is a great advantage when you want to spew some more word salad about something you hate… because you don’t remember or care what you last said about it, or understand what that means.
      This leaves him continually free to keep burbling.

      Exhibit A: “I’m against guns in school, but I agree all teachers should be armed.”
      Exhibit B: No-one respects women more than I do. … And Hillary is such a nasty woman.

      You could probably create another Donald Trump, just by finding a smart grandiose narcissist, getting them hooked on coke, and removing sizable chunks of the memory storage and rational thinking parts of their brain.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 23, 2016

        Right you are. Your exhibits “A” and “B” alone are clear signs of a diseased mind that is missing key components. Which would infer that the GOP by and large suffer the same missing components.

  3. PrecipitousDrop October 23, 2016

    Oh, PLEASE let Trump sue these women!
    Gloria Allred represents three of them. There is no person on this earth more eager to see Trump and both of his loathsome adult sons reduced to wiggly little bite-sized pieces.

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    1. FireBaron October 23, 2016

      You know, I have never been a fan of Allred, but this time I am rooting for her!

  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 23, 2016

    Trump’s day in court, and more importantly in the Court beyond, is looming on the horizon. All of the demonic and demeaning acts he has committed are now slowly encircling him, and the childish threat to sue won’t prevent the noose from being fastened around that thick neck.
    There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a groper and a bully receive what’s due him.
    Papa and mama Drumpf neglected to tell Donnie that society is upheld and safeguarded by the twin pillars of Reward and Punishment. Since Trump has done nothing to be rewarded for, the “pillar” of Punishment must be applied.

    No effort should be spared to mitigate what he deserves

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    1. Dan S October 23, 2016

      I pray that in my lifetime or future generations ever have to see such an unqualified sick perverted individual such as Trump. His business won’t be worth anything by the time he goes through the upcoming trials. Good Riddance ????

      1. Blueberry Hill October 25, 2016

        This is one perverted, nasty individual. With him being shown on tv, the children are hearing and seeing this POS. It is a shame that the news channels have to lower their standards and destroy their integrity every damn day by putting this ugly chunk of fat on endlessly. Whenever he comes on I change the channel. I wonder if they realize how many viewers they are losing by pumping this trash continuously.

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 25, 2016

        I’ll check that out. Thanks.

  5. bojimbo26 October 23, 2016

    Two things he`s supposed to do after the election
    A) Sue the women
    B) Show his tax returns
    Neither of these will he do . ( He`s just teasing as usual ) .

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  6. Blueberry Hill October 23, 2016

    Sue the women? lol. What a joke. He is a public figure and cannot sue them. Also, he will be too busy in court when his trials start on the 28th of Nov. for the remaining 1500 Fraud charges. Then in December the trial starts for the then 12-year old girl he raped at his rich friend’s house; where they would lure young girls to come to parties there with promises of modeling careers, but rapes them instead. She had told him “Please, Mr. Trump, I don’t want you to do this.” He replied “I don’t care”. Tied her to the bed and raped her while she pleaded to “Please stop” over and over. An employee walked in on him and saw what he was doing, while the other guy was raping another young teen girl. He will be too busy taking care of his own cases to sue anyone else, and should end up spending a lot of years in prison. Not to mention the ongoing investigations for other crimes. Maybe he thinks he can pardon himself if President. He can’t.

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    1. PrecipitousDrop October 23, 2016

      Excuse me, Berry, but the Fraud trial scheduled to start November 28th is the FIRST of three suits arising from Trump U.
      A small point, perhaps, but important nonetheless.

      1. Blueberry Hill October 25, 2016

        There are 1500 charges left from 3500 that are going to start on Nov. 28

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    2. Dan S October 23, 2016

      Oh gross. I thought that talk of raping a young girl wasn’t going to trial. This man child ???? is definitely going to prison in the next year.

    3. DOC October 23, 2016

      He’s a business man, remember? Sueing is what they do.

    4. pisces63 October 24, 2016

      James Patterson has written a book based on the man who owned the home where this happened not far from him and he got jail time. Filthy Rich.

      1. Blueberry Hill October 25, 2016

        Wow, James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, and I think I read this one too, but I didn’t know it was about Trump and his rich buddy.

        ..

  7. Dan S October 23, 2016

    So now we at least know how Mr. Trump is using the money ???? he doesn’t pay towards taxes. He’s actually soliciting for sex which can lead to prison time. Jessica Drake had 2 eyewitnesses accompany her to his room who can backup her claim. Unfortunately for Donnie there is no bottom to his ugly past & offensive comments he’s made on the campaign trail. So sad ????

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