Trump When ABC Host Asks About Accusers: ‘I Hate That You Waste Time’

When ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked Donald Trump about his accusers on Wednesday, the Republican nominee lashed out and said the ABC host was wasting time on the topic.

“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. Everybody wants to bring it up,” Trump said when Stephanopoulos first mentioned the issue. “These were false attacks. These things never happened. 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.”

Stephanopoulos asked Trump for evidence that the Hillary Clinton campaign pushed accusers to speak out. In response, Trump said that “many of those stories have already been debunked.”

And when Stephanopoulos asked Trump about the accusations from a People magazine writer, who presented several witnesses, Trump questioned why the writer, Natasha Stoynoff, didn’t come forward years ago.

The ABC host noted that Stoynoff said she was afraid to come forward, which Trump rejected.

“Oh, she was afraid. Give me a break,” Trump said. “She would have gotten the Pulitzer Prize. Give me a break.”

“They’re made up stories — you want to know why? Fame, or they wanted to help Clinton, or something,” he added.

When Stephanopoulos began to ask another question, Trump interjected and said, “George, let’s not waste any more time. These stories were fabricated. They’re total lies.”

The ABC host then asked Trump if he would follow through on his threat to sue his accusers.

“We’ll find out,” Trump replied. “Let’s see what happened with the election. We’re going to find out.”

Watch a clip from the interview via ABC News:

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