Donald Trump Prepares New Attack on Media, Clinton

GOP presidential nominee says reports are ‘slanderous’ and media are pitted against him and his supporters

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said in a speech on Thursday that new charges by women alleging he made unwanted sexual advances were “ludicrous,” adding that he had the “substantial evidence” to prove it. Photo: Getty

Updated Oct. 13, 2016 11:00 p.m. ET

Donald Trump will broaden his attack against the media to hit globalism and the Clinton Foundation by charging that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is part of a biased coalition working in collusion with the Clinton campaign and its supporters to generate news reports of decades-old allegations from several women.

Mr. Trump, defiant and enraged in speeches on Thursday, flatly denied charges he had made inappropriate advances on the women over the past three decades.

“What they say is false and slanderous in virtually every respect,” he said at a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday, the day after the New York Times and other news outlets published accounts of women who said he had fondled or kissed them against their will.

As early as Friday, Mr. Trump is planning to claim that Mr. Slim, as a shareholder of New York Times Co. and donor to the Clinton Foundation, has an interest in helping Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to a Trump adviser.

Attacking the Mexican billionaire would allow Mr. Trump to hit several targets. He could slam the “failing” New York Times, which he says had to be “rescued” by a “foreigner”—Mr. Slim, the adviser said.

At a rally in Florida on Thursday, the GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump railed against the Republican establishment and the media the wake of several new allegations of sexual assault.
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim

“This is totally false,” said Arturo Elias, Mr. Slim’s spokesman. “Of course we aren’t interfering in the U.S. election. We aren’t even active in Mexican politics.” He said the contributions by Mr. Slim to the Clinton Foundation were a matter of public record.

The Slim family held about 17% of the New York Times Class A shares as of March, making them the largest individual shareholder. The Sulzberger family still controls the company, with more than 90% of the Class B shares. Mr. Slim and his foundation have given between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation since its founding.

“Carlos Slim is an excellent shareholder who fully respects boundaries regarding the independence of our journalism,” said New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. “He has never sought to influence what we report.”

A Donald Trump bobble-head figurine is displayed for sale by a vendor outside a campaign event for Mr. Trump in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday.
A Donald Trump bobble-head figurine is displayed for sale by a vendor outside a campaign event for Mr. Trump in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG NEWS

The Times said it stood by its reporting and declined a demand from a lawyer representing Mr. Trump to remove the story.

The attack on Mr. Slim “is just another deranged right-wing conspiracy theory from Donald Trump’s increasingly desperate campaign,” said Brian Fallon, Mrs. Clinton’s press secretary.

Mr. Trump said in his Florida speech he would soon produce emails and other evidence to counter the sexual-misconduct claims but didn’t give specifics. Instead, he framed the episode in blunt populist terms, of how the political and media establishments are pitted against him and his supporters.

“I take all of these slings and arrows gladly for you,” he said. “I take them for our movement so that we can have our country back.”

Mr. Trump’s speech was an extended response to the spate of reports that surfaced Wednesday just as Trump allies had been hoping he had stabilized his standing in the race following last week’s release of a 2005 video in which he bragged about being able to exploit women sexually.

During the debate with Mrs. Clinton Sunday, Mr. Trump said that tape captured “locker room talk” that is not representative of his real behavior.

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