Shorter Trump: Why Would I Touch Such Unattractive Accusers?

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Donald Trump personally attacked multiple women Friday who have accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment in recent days, implying he would not have assaulted women he finds unattractive.

“When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said ‘I don’t think so!’ Whoever she is, wherever she comes from, the stories are total fiction. They are 100 percent made up, they never happened, they never would have happened,” Trump said during a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Trump was referring to Jessica Leeds, 74, who claimed in a story published in the New York Times on Tuesday that Donald Trump groped her without consent on an airplane in the early ’80s. She expanded on the story in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday night.

“The only way they figured they can slow it down,” Trump said, referring to his campaign, “is to come up with people that are willing to say ‘Oh! I was with Donald Trump in 1980. I was sitting with him on an airplane, and he went after me on the plane!’”

“Yeah, I’m going to go after— Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that, I can tell you,” Trump said. “Man, you don’t know— That would not be my first choice.”

During Leeds’ interview with Cooper on Wednesday, she said “knew he would comment on my looks.”

“That was one of the reasons why I pulled out my pictures to show,” she said, “because I’m 74 years old, and for him to now look at me at this age, he would never even give me time of day. But I wanted people to know what I looked like when I met him.”

Trump also attacked former People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff again, calling her a “liar,” and saying “check her Facebook page, you’ll understand.”

On Wednesday, Trump implied he could not have assaulted Stoynoff because he did not find her attractive.

“Take a look. You take a look. Look at her. And look at her words,” Trump said. “And you tell me what you think. I don’t think so. I don’t think so.”

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