- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump scoffed at the notion that a People Magazine reporter who accused him of unwanted advances a decade ago felt too intimidated to come forward at the time, saying she would have won a Pulitzer Prize if she had followed through with the story.

“They made up stories,” Mr. Trump said of the dozen women who have recently accused him of unwanted sexual advances. “You know why? Fame, or they wanted to help Clinton. … They made up stories.”

“These were false attacks. These things never happened,” Mr. Trump said in an interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “These people — I don’t know these people. These things never, ever happened.”

“This was out of the blue. It was made up, probably by the Clinton campaign,” Mr. Trump said. “Many of the stories have already been debunked.”

One woman, Natasha Stoynoff, recently wrote in People that in December 2005, Mr. Trump forced himself on her at his Mar-a-Lago club and later propositioned her as they were awaiting his then-pregnant wife, Melania.

She said that at the time, she feared a powerful man would discredit and destroy her.

“Why didn’t she write the story 12 years ago?” Mr. Trump said.

“Oh, she was afraid — give me break,” he said. “She was afraid to write it. She would have gotten the Pulitzer Prize. Give me a break.”

Mr. Trump also chastised host George Stephanopoulos for even asking about the subject.

“You know, I hate that you waste time when we’re talking about ISIS and we’re talking about jobs, and you’re still bringing that up,” he said, referring to the Islamic State terror group. “Everybody wants to bring it up.”

Mr. Stephanopoulos had asked the GOP nominee about comments Mr. Trump himself had made Saturday, during a speech intended to preview his plans for the presidency, threatening to sue all of his accusers after the election.

“We’ll find out. Let’s see what happens with the election,” Mr. Trump said in the interview. “We’re going to find out.”

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