From The Reporter’s Notebook
Yoga instructor Karena Virginia alleged during a Thursday press conference with high-profile attorney Gloria Allred that Donald Trump grabbed her arm and touched her breast while she was waiting for a car at the U.S. Open in Flushing, Queens in 1998. TPM’s Esme Cribb noted that Virginia is the tenth woman to come forward with allegations against Trump since the second presidential debate. “I have been advised that Mr. Trump will probably call me a liar,” Virginia said, noting his interjection towards Clinton at the end of the final presidential debate: “Just another nasty woman.”
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Josh Marshall: “Now she’s back as Donald Trump’s credentialed expert propagating the ‘voter fraud’ myth. On CNN this morning she spouted a series of straight up lies about on the subject, essentially hijacking a whole segment on whether Trump would accept the results of the election. ‘This nation has been victimized by rampant election fraud,’ McCaughey said. It’s not too much to say that no one in recent decades has introduced more lies into the public policy and political discussion under the cover of professional credentials than Betsy McCaughey. It’s amazing that she’s still allowed to appear on TV after having been exposed so many times as a serial bullshit artist.”
“Give me a break.”
– Trump’s campaign dismissed, but did not deny or specifically address, new allegations of sexual misconduct by the GOP nominee.
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From a TPM Prime member: “Donald Trump has never admitted to being wrong publicly, never admitted to losing or failing at anything publicly. I just can’t imagine him starting now in ‘the most watched concession speech in history.’ He likes both positive and negative attention, sure. He likes people talking about how horrible and dangerous he is almost as much as people praising him. But that’s because it strokes his ego to know that he is feared. But going in front of America and admitting that he lost to the woman he’s been trashing the past year? The only way he could do that is if he convinced himself it was a positive thing. Maybe he can spin it as being magnanimous and patriotic, that he’s doing the country a favor by conceding. Maybe he can talk about how great his life of luxury will be now that he’s out of the spotlight. I don’t know.”
Related: In a rally Thursday, Donald Trump said he will accept the result of the presidential election in November “if I win.”
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How Russia pulled off the biggest election hack in U.S. history. (Esquire)
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