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tweet the show @"the lead" cnn. that's it for the show. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, horrible liars. donald trump launches a furious counter-attack against the throwing list of women who say he groped or kissed them against their will. trump calls the claims outright lies, insisting they were cooked up by the clinton campaign and the media. hurtful and hateful. michelle obama denounced trump, saying he has bragged about sexual assaulting women and calling his language and behavior below basic standards of human decency. out of reach? the latest polls show clinton with growing leads in critical battleground states. is there any way trump can reach 270 electoral votes. vladimir putin says, if americans vote for clinton, it could mean war.
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i am wolf blitzer, you are in "the situation room." breaking news. donald trump fights desperately to save his presidential campaign. lashing out furiously against fresh claims from women who say he groped, grabbed or forcibly kissed them. trump is calling the allegations pure fiction and outright lies. he claims they were orchestrated by the clinton campaign and its alleged media allies because he represents, in his words, an existential threat to the political establishment. trump is threatening lawsuits, but the "new york times" and "people" magazine, they are standing by their stories. there was an extraordinary answer to trump today from michelle obama, campaigning for hillary clinton, she ripped into trump, calling his recent caught-on-tape comments shocking and below basic standards of human decency. her voice shaking at times, the first lady said it's
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unbelievable that a presidential candidate has, quote, bragged about sexual assaulting women. she said trump's remarks went beyond locker room banter, saying he spoke openly and obscenely about sexually predatory behavior. a powerful supporter of russia's vladimir putin says that if americans vote for trump, they are voting for peace. he warns ominously, if they vote for clinton, quote, it's war. our correspondents and analysts and guests will have full coverage of the day's top stories. let's begin with donald trump. trying desperately right now to pull out of a tailspin after the latest round of allegations from women who say he attacked them. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta joins us. is this a last-ditch effort on his part to save his campaign? >> reporter: wolf, it's an us versus them moment. donald trump today basically accused the media of being in a grand conspiracy with the clinton campaign to bring down his presidential bid.
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he is pushing back hard on allegations that he abused women. with a massive crowd of supporters cheering him on, donald trump blasted away at allegations that he has sexual assaulting women as lies, told by a dishonest news media. >> these vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. >> reporter: the fiery speech was in response to a "new york times" story featuring two women who say trump made unwanted sexual advances toward them including jessica leeds who claims he groped her back in the '70s. >> he was like an octopus. it was like he had six arms. he was all over the place. if he had stuck with the upper part of the body, i might not have gotten -- i might not have gotten that upset. it's when he started putting his hand up my skirt. >> reporter: the account prompting trump attorneys to
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demand a retraction or else, saying failing to do so will leave my client with no option but to pursue all available actions. >> the story was a fraud and an embarrassment to the "new york times." it will be part of the lawsuit we are preparing against them. >> reporter: the wim say they came forward after trump denied he ever groped anyone at sunday's debate, despite the fact he bragged he had done just that in a hot mike moment caught on video. >> women have respect for me. no i have not. >> reporter: also denying a story in "people" magazine by a reporter saying he once forced himself on her. i turned around and within seconds he was forcing me against the wall to pushing his tongue down my throat. trump lashed out as his accus s accusers. >> you take a look. look at her. look at her words. tell me what you think. i don't think. these people are horrible people. they're horrible liars. >> reporter: trump insisted
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their accounts are all part of a media conspiracy to destroy him weeks before the election. >> their agenda is to elect crooked hillary clinton. at any cost, at any price. no matter how many lives they destroy. they will attack you. they will slander you. they will seek to destroy your career and your family. >> reporter: ever since the "access hollywood" video surfaced of trump making lewd comments about women -- >> automatically attracted to beautiful women. i start kissing them. it's a magnet. when you're a star you can do anything. you can do anything you want. grab them by the pussy. you can do anything. >> reporter: allegations have been building following his every step. >> mr. trump, have you ever touched her or kissed her. >> reporter: one woman the subject of trump's hot mike comment says it's a teachable moment. >> i want to teach my daughter that, if she is ever put in a
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situation like mommy is right now that she'll hold her head high as well. >> reporter: many trump supporters are not buying any of it. after a speech in florida they lashed out at the press too. >> we're not going to believe you anymore. we're mad. yes. we want our country back. we want you to stop lying. >> reporter: now, donald trump said today he wants to stick to the issues in the final weeks of this campaign, wolf, but i talked to a trump campaign official earlier today who said they plan to respond to the latest allegations by having more bill clinton accusers come forward. to give you a sense as to what we're dealing with at these rallies, one donald trump supporters left this sign on the press table that shows a swastika and the word "media." it's shaping up to be a race to the bottom in the final weeks of this campaign, wolf. it is, at times, getting downright scary. the people who are surrounding our press pen at the end of these rallies are really yelling some things at us that they
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would not want caught in a hot mike moment, wolf. it's pretty bad stuff. >> jim, getting back to that one sentence he said, you look at her. referring to the "people" magazine reporter who says she felt sexual assaulted, if you will, by donald trump. you look at her. it's getting a lot of buzz out there because it suggests that maybe, if you look at her, she might not be, in his words, attractive enough for him to make such a move. what's been the reaction from the trump campaign to that? >> reporter: well, wolf, basically they're saying that all of these allegations that have surfaced in the last 24 hours are false, that they are fiction. and that really flies in the face of what trump's campaign manager kellyanne conway has said herself that the allegations, the accusations and stories of women alleged sexual assault and abuse should be believed. they say that should be the standard applied to former president bill clinton, but they are not applying that same standard to themselves or to their candidate at this point,
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but, wolf, it is a blanket denial coming from the candidate about all of these allegations at this point, and there is just no sense inside the campaign that they're changing that whatsoever. >> jim acosta reporting from florida. thanks very much. the first lady, michelle obama, did most of the talking for the clinton campaign today with a fiery and passionate rebuke of donald trump. let's turn to sunlen suerfaty. an extraordinary address. >> reporter: you could see clearly that michelle obama wanted this to be a very personal speech, talking about her personal pain and her personal anger that she felt in hearing these allegations against donald trump. in fact, she basically admitted that she threw out her normal campaign speech because all this had disturbed her so much and challenged all voters from both sides to confront this head on. >> i have to tell you that i -- i can't stop thinking about this. it has shaken me to my core in a
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way that i couldn't have predicted. >> reporter: michelle obama giving a personal and emotional indictment of donald trump. rebuking the gop nominee for his comments, bragging about sexual assault. >> it's not something we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season. because this was not just a lewd conversation. this wasn't just locker room banter. this was a powerful individual, speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior. and actually bragging about kissing and groping women. >> reporter: the first lady, dismayed by the latest allegations of sexual assault against trump. >> to make matters worse, it now seems very clear that this isn't an isolated incident. it's one of countless examples of how he has treated women his whole life. >> reporter: hillary clinton echoing the first lady's comments today. >> i hope you will see michelle
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obama's speech today in new hampshire. once again, she not only made a compelling and strong case about the stakes in the election, but about who we are as americans. and we cannot let this pessimism, this dark and divisive and dangerous vision of america take hold in anybody's heart. >> reporter: 26 days out. >> when they go low, we go high! >> reporter: the clinton campaign's path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the white house is looking favorab favorable. polls showing clinton pulling ahead. sources tell cnn the trump campaign is now pulling out resources from virginia, essentially conceding the battleground state to clinton. but the clinton campaign is still facing headwinds of its own, having to fend off from the daily drip from the hacked e-mails released by wikileaks.
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new revelations in today's batch show a snapshot of team clinton deliberating over each word and sentence clinton would use in making her first public statement about the existence of her private e-mail server. quote, it seems like a strained attempt to make her seem relatable, clinton spokesman brian fallon e-mails in august of 2015 about clinton's planned statement. another e-mail from john podesta one month later discusses their approach to clinton apologizing, quote, she can say she is sorry without apologizing to the american people. tell her to say it and move on. why get hung on this. certainly not a shock but speaks to atenticity. the hacked e-mails showing long discussions within the staff over hillary clinton's signed tweets which are supposed to signify that she crafted them and typed them out herself. in at least one instance the signed "h" at the end of the tweet did not mean that hillary clinton was actually responsible for that tweet. >> stay with us. we're standing by to hear from
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donald trump. he'll be speaking at columbus, ohio. you see rudy giuliani, former mayor of new york warming up the crowd there. we'll wait for that. also i'll speak with a top trump advisor coming up this hour. in the meantime, david chalian, trump said he hit back at the latest allegations of sexual assault by the women calling the reports pure fiction and outright lies. what's your take to his response? >> my take is that that won't end the story for him. i doubt he thinks just calling it an outright lie or pure fiction is going to be the end of this. in fact, he did tell us that he is going to prove that these are outright lies soon, very soon, i think he said. so i think it is going to require for him to really put this to bed, some irrefutable evidence to push back as we're in this he said, she said contest. i don't know if politically
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that's the wisest thing. i don't think a blanket denial will put it to bed. >> he says, at the appropriate time, presumably soon, in his words, mark preston -- he is also threatening to sue the "new york times" for the story they reported last night. he also says he is ready to show, as we say, the proof that he has. is he ready to really show the proof? >> logistically, i don't know how he does that. we are talking about allegations coming from all across the country, from multiple people, from different varied backgrounds, different points in time. you would have to go through each one and try to dispute what those assertions were. also, we've heard this before from donald trump. he said, i am going to show you the proof. i'm going to show you the proof that barack obama was not born in the united states. we never saw that proof. we saw donald trump say i'm going to show you my taxes. i know it's not the same equivalency of this. but we never saw it. logistically i don't know how you do it. to david's point, we're not talking about policy. we saw rudy giuliani trying to
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talk about policy right there. we a talking about donald trump in a free fall right now. >> he said he grabs women and kissing them without their consent and some of these women are saying that's exactly what he did. that doesn't lend credence to his case. >> these remarks causing a lot of concern. >> you take a look. take a look at her. look at her words. you tell me what you think. i don't think so! i don't think so. >> you think he was suggesting she wasn't attractive enough for him to make some sort of sexual move with her, the "people" magazine reporter? >> it certainly sounded like that. why say that? that's what's so bizarre about that speech. he repeated most of the allegations, and then he went to refute them one by one. then he seemed to make a personal remark about this -- about this reporter. why do that? it just makes him -- it makes him -- >> makes him look small.
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>> exactly. >> gives a lot of ammunition to the clinton campaign, obviously. there is a lot of outrage over these three words "look at her." it wasn't just the words. to me it was kind of the tone. he was taking a poll from the audience. stepped back to the podium. look at her. do you think i would do that. that entered into the locker room territory that we've all been discussing recently. >> does he think, sunlen, that may blaming the women, victims, that that will help his campaign? >> i don't think it's a winning strategy. i don't think that's how you answer the accusations, essentially taking a shot at the accuser. that's a pattern we've seen donald trump follow in the past. i don't think it's doing him any favors right now. >> the speech earlier in florida, in west palm beach. it was almost 40 minutes, if not longer. 30 minutes was rebutting these accusations and spoke a little bit about other stuff. >> unbelievable. at first i thought, here he is really trying to take on the outsider message again, that everybody is against him and
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that he really wants to shake up the system, which i think is a message that works for donald trump quite well. and then veered into this case by case, allegation by allegation, you know -- that is the clearest sign that he is in a tailspin right now because he has no answer and he just, again -- we've seen this time and again -- donald trump cannot handle a slight. this isn't a slight. it's a pretty serious accusation of sexual assault, but he can't handle any kind of attack without trying to deal with it one on one. it's what we saw with alicia machado and the 3:00 a.m. tweets. >> anderson cooper spoke with one of the women accusing donald trump of the sexual abuse. we'll play some of that interview. we'll be right back. afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me,
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breaking news. my colleague anderson cooper has just spoken exclusively with one of the women who came forward with new accusations of sexual aggression by donald trump. anderson joins us now. tell us more, how about that interview go? >> jessica leeds is her name. she was interviewed by the "new york times" and appeared on the front page today. the story broke last night. she says it was the moment in the debate where i asked donald trump whether or not he had actually done what he had talked about doing to women on that bus 11 years ago and that she says, when donald trump denied ever having done anything like that, that is the moment that jessica leeds decided to tell her story publicly. here is some of what she said happened on a plane she says she
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rode on with donald trump back in, she believes, 1979. >> why doesn't he say something. i mean -- >> could other people see? >> the guy in the seat across the aisle could see. and i kept thinking, maybe the stewardess will come and he'll stop. she never came. >> do you know how long that went on for? >> not real long. no. no. i would say it was just about, what, 15 minutes? that's long enough. >> reporter: that's a long time. >> yeah. >> reporter: did he actually kiss you? >> yeah. yeah. >> reporter: on the -- the face or on the lips? >> wherever he could find a landing spot, yes. >> reporter: she later went on to say she wasn't sure if it was 15 minutes but it certainly felt like 15 minutes. she also said that it's when donald trump, in her words, put his hand up her skirt, that's when she stood up, grabbed her bag and went back into coach and
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sat in the back of the plane. she says about two years later at an event, a party at saks fifth avenue, ran into donald trump again, that he actually recognized her. she would not say the words that donald trump used to her, but she said that donald trump said something to the effect of, you're the blank from the plane. she wouldn't say what derogatory term donald trump actually used. she didn't want to, in her words, add more fuel to this fire, but that was the last time she had an encounter with donald trump. >> did she tell you, arounds wh decided now to come forward and tell the story? >> she said that over the last year and a half she has told friends, neighbors, people, her family, her kids, her grown kids. once donald trump actually started running for president. but at the time did not tell anybody. she said, look, this was 1979, she believes. she was the only woman working in her company working on the road, she said. it was a job she wanted. she didn't want to make waves.
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and, she said, it was a different time. and this is what a lot of women, she said, at that time had to put up with. but she said, really, it was the debate sunday night. first it was the tape on friday angered her but first the debate on sunday night when donald trump publicly denied having kissed or groped a woman without consent, that that is the moment she decided to do something. she said she couldn't sleep all of sunday night and finally decided monday morning to write a letter to the editor of the "new york times." >> did she see trump's speech today in florida in west palm beach, anderson? he said these accusations by these women, including this woman, vicious claims are totally false, fabricated, outright lies. he said they're false, smears, and they will be part of a lawsuit that he is going to file against -- at least the "new york times" and "people" magazine. did you interview her after that speech? did she see what he had to say?
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>> reporter: i read her the comments that donald trump made. i believe her response was, well, good luck to him. also, i read her comments that he made about the "people" magazine writer who has also come forward. she thought it was particularly telling that donald trump often, in her opinion, talks about women by the way they look. she feels that is very telling. she thought that was reflected in some of the comments that he made about the "people" magazine writer. >> he said take a look at this "people" magazine journalist as if she wasn't attractive enough. that's the commotion that was generated by all of this today. go ahead. >> reporter: jessica leeds, the reason she actually wanted to show old photos of herself was because she said she knew when she came forward that donald trump, or people from the campaign, would look at her, a very distinguished lady in her 70s, and discount her because of the way she appears now. so she felt it was important to show some photos of her from
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back in that time to provide to counter act what she was concerned, that donald trump or people from the campaign would essentially be saying, commenting on her looks. >> did she have a message for trump? >> reporter: you know, it was interesting. i asked her if there was anything she wanted to say directly to donald trump. she said it wasn't worth saying anything directly to him because he wouldn't really listen. those were -- in her opinion. >> anderson, thank you very much. important note to our viewers. you can see the full interview later tonight an "a.c. 360." tune in at 8:00 p.m. eastern exclusively here on cnn. joining us is trump campaign senior advisor, the former u.s. congressman jack kingston. i need your reaction to this a more. we'll take a quick break and resume this conversation in a moment.
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♪ donald trump speaking now about the latest sexual accusations against him. he is in columbus, ohio. we'll listen. >> because the paper is going out of business. it's only a question of when. but it's the failing "new york times." and they're inventing false claims without any evidence. no witnesses, no nothing.
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an act that's supposedly years and years ago. i never met these people. i don't even know who they are. they're made-up stories, filed right before the election. right before the election. i wonder if that had anything to do with this, right? it's a disgrace. i really mean, it's a disgrace. i want to talk about policies affecting our lives, but i did want to mention that we did spend some time talking about that today. it just came out. the sad part is we don't talk about wikileaks because it's incredible. wikileaks just came out with a lot of new ones. and it would be wonderful if these very dishonest people back there would talk about it. it would be wonderful. it would be wonderful. they don't want to talk about it because they want her in there because they perpetuate -- these are -- not all. but big, big percentage. very dishonest people. in fact, the reason i was late
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to the podium was because they weren't ready. we waited for them. i said, let's go up without them. who cares. but my people said, no, we should wait till the press is ready. i am sorry to keep you waiting, but it's their fault, not mine. >> we're going to continue to monitor donald trump in clump b columbus, ohio. we'll continue to watch what he's saying. in the meantime, a trump campaign senior advisor. jack kingston. thank you for joining us. in light of everything we've heard over the past couple of days, do you still support donald trump for president? >> i do. >> the main reason is? >> we need to have change in america. let me say this, wolf. certainly i and i know donald trump and every republican and democrat alike treat or regard sexual harassment or sexual
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misconduct very, very, very seriously. and if you look at donald trump's track record of somebody whose -- 43% of his employees are female yet the majority of his managers are also female, and you have people like louise sunshine, his former executive vice president and jill martin, one of his attorneys, and others who have stepped forward and said, i worked for this man for many, many years. not only did he behave well, but he also promoted me and looked after the rights of other females. >> congressman, are you saying that these accusations by these women who have now come forward, and we just heard one of them, are you saying that these are simply fiction or fabrication? >> you know, wolf, i have been involved with sexual harassment cases as an employer, and i don't think you can ever dismiss one of them with a, oh, that's just fiction. i do believe, though, you have to listen what donald trump said in very sobering terms a minute
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ago, that he seems to be taking this very seriously, but at the same time he is saying this is not true. you know, i think that the campaign is in a difficult position on this because, you know, if these cases were to be true, then they're certainly legal matters. to litigate them 25 days outside of an election is very difficult, at best. you know, i am saddened. and i know, you know, the cases i have been involved with, the women brought them to my attention immediately. but i also know that, in many cases, it may take years for women to step forward. so that's why this stuff is very, very difficult. but, again, looking at the track record of donald trump with women employees -- and there is a great article about it november 24th, 2015, in the "washington post." the "washington post" and the "new york times" have probably been the most active critics of donald trump and everything he stands for, frankly, yet -- yet
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they had great things to say about him, again, november 24th, 2015. >> i want to -- >> very specific about that because people can read it. >> listen to some of the accounts that these women are telling us and other news media. and i want to get your reaction on the other end. because these are the back and forth. listen. >> it was a real shock when all of a sudden his hands were all over me. if he had stuck with the upper part of the body, i might not have gotten -- i might not have gotten that upset. it's when he started putting his hand up my skirt, and that was it. >> when you are a star they let you do it. you can do anything. grab them by the [ bleep ]. do anything. >> all 50 contestens are in one room. it was announced donald trump was going to come in. before you could dress yourself, he walked in, and you know, some women were half naked.
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others were in the process of changing. >> i'll go back stage before a show. everyone is getting dressed and ready and i'm allowed to go in because i am the owner inspecting it. standing there with no clothes. is everybody okay? you see these incredible looking women. i sort of get away with things like that. >> i'm telling you donald trump owned the pageant to utilize his py power to get around beautiful women. >> he is describing almost exactly the behavior the women have been reporting. so how can you doubt these women's accounts when trump himself provides almost exactly the same descriptions? >> well, wolf, as you know, this is a legal question and a very emotionally charged question in which there are going to be different stories and different reports. i was vicariously involved with the duke lacrosse scandal in which every single member of the lacrosse team was found guilty, almost within a week of the
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incident, even when evidence reported, you know, reported evidence and accepted evidence pointed against them being guilty, and yet it took over a year to unravel the mess. and every single one of them was innocent. and the point that i am saying is this in sexual harassment cases it is very difficult. and now, you know, unfortunately, the timing of these accusations is right on the eve of an election. >> congressman, when you are suggesting these -- maybe he said, she said -- these are allegations that he actually himself spoke about. >> well, i -- i will say this. i think that that bus conversation was, as repulsive as it might be, it was still in the context and the shadow of the hollywood culture where there is this kind of bravado that's almost encouraged for show business, not anything that you and i and most americans stand for or like. it was 11 years ago. that is not the donald trump i
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know. he has shown remorse. he has apologized. but i have gotten to know donald trump and his family, and i can tell you, wolf, that's not the donald trump of today. >> do you believe he committed these acts? >> i believe that he did not commit these acts. i do believe that there was things that went on and there are things that -- >> tell us why you don't believe it. do you think these women -- that these were all consensual exchanges? >> well, i guess because i do know donald trump, and i don't know these women, and, again, taking it very, very seriously, in the context of, you know, 25 days out from a huge election, when -- >> i guess the question is, how long have you known donald trump? have you known him for 30 years? >> no, i have not. a lot of the people, for example, kellyanne conway i have known for almost 30 years. maybe more like 20. these are people who take all
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this stuff very seriously. >> how long have you personally known trump? >> less than a year. >> you've had a lot of exchanges with him? based on the exchange you've had with him over the years you believe him as opposed to the accusers? >> mike pence said you can't fake good kids. i have seen the kids and i've seen him as a dad interacting. this is a guy who i think is a decent human being. i do agree many things that he probably said and did 11 years ago are not things any of us want to embrace, but i do believe he is a different man today. >> you think 11 years ago he committed these acts? >> i don't -- i don't think he did. but i'll say this, that, you know, it's not the donald trump that i know today, and again, as an employer, having dealt with a couple of these cases myself, it's very difficult, in the cases i have been involved with,
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the women were so upset, they immediately talked about it. i also want to be quick to say there are cases where women don't say anything immediately, and those are still legitimate cases. it might be -- >> all right. >> -- a little question that, you know -- >> i guess the question is your reputation is obviously, also, congressman, on the line. i guess the bottom-line question is, can you vouch for his character ten, 15, 20 years ago since you've only really known him for a year? >> no. but let me say this, wolf. that i have been with him enough to believe that he is a serious, kind human being and he has this persona in public that does not represent the private donald trump that i have known and seen in interaction with his employees and his kids. if he had a track record of sexual abuse, i believe we would have known about it well through the primary season because i can tell you 16 other republican candidates would have loved to
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have known this information. if it is true. but, you know, here we are on the eve of something, and i would say, you know, this is a very -- these are very serious accusations. people take them seriously. but, at the same time, if you look at what's been going on with this election, it's very difficult to say, well, let's embrace this, at this point. you have to get to the bottom of it. >> so i guess -- i guess the question is this. donald trump, just over the past few days, has been urging people to believe bill clinton's accusers, so why should people believe those women, stuff that may have happened, may not have happened, 20, 30 years ago, but not the women who are making accusations about donald trump? >> you know, i think that, if you measure all these women with the same yardstick, it might be the best interest of republicans and democrats alike, all throughout the land, and just say, okay, what really went on between bill clinton and his accusers, what went on with donald trump and his accusers, you know, unfortunately hillary
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was involved with devaluing the testimony of those women at the time. she played an active role in suppressing -- >> she did say some negative things about gennifer flowers, but the other women, whatever she said, was in private. she wasn't publicly going against them. she also said something negative about monica lewinsky but it wasn't a whole bunch of stuff that she was saying. >> she didn't go out publicly campaigning against them. she did it through proxies. she was in the war room. i use that term accurately. she was in the war room. it was the clinton term. bim bo eruptions. which i think is extremely offensive and derogatory, by the way. that was part of the operation that hillary was very on-hands about. wolf, nobody likes this stuff at all. republicans or democrats. you know, again, i take these -- >> by the way, congressman, i agree with you. nobody likes this stuff. but as i pointed out earlier, of
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the 40-minute speech that he delivered today, donald trump, about 30 minutes was devoted to this particular subject. he himself is raising it. he himself is the one who brought the bill clinton accusers to the debate the other night. so it's obviously going to be a story as long as he keeps pushing it forward. unfortunately, congressman, we're out of time. we'll continue, obviously, these conversations down the road. >> thanks, wolf. the first lady michelle obama's campaign speech for hick today turned into a sharp, deeply personal condemnation of donald trump's behavior towards women. here is more of what she said in new hampshire. >> i would love nothing more than to pretend this isn't happening and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech. it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream. this is not something we can ignore. it's not something we can sweep under the rug as just another
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disturbing footnote in a sad election season. because this was not just a lewd conversation. this wasn't just locker room banter. this was a powerful individual, speaking freely and openly, with sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women, using language so obscene that many of us were worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the tv. to make matters worse, it now seems very clear that this isn't an isolated incident. it's one of countless examples of how he has treated women his whole life. i have to tell you that i listen to all of this and i feel it so personally. and i am sure that many of you do too, particularly the women. the shameful comments about our bodies. the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. the belief that you can do
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anything you want to a woman? it is cruel. it's frightening. and the truth is, it hurts. it hurts. it's like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you're walking down the street minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. it's that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt when someone has grabbed them or forced himself on them and they've said no, but he didn't listen. something that we know happens on college campuses and countless other places every single day. or maybe we don't want to believe that there are still people out there who think so little of us as women.
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too many are treating this as just another day's headline. as if our outrage is overblown or unwarranted. as if this is normal. just politics as usual. but new hampshire, yeah, be clear. this is not normal. this is not politics as usual. [ cheers and applause ] >> this is disgraceful. it is intolerable. and it doesn't matter what party you belong to. democrat, republican, independent. no woman deserves to be treated this way. none of us deserves this kind of abuse. >> we're back with our political experts. jackie, what did you think? that was a pretty powerful speech. >> very powerful and emotional.
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very personal, this speech. the thing that struck me, not only spoke to women. it spoke to men. she spoke against the normalization of language and demeaning nature of some of the things donald trump has said. that's something i have heard a lot of people worry about. >> you know, he needs to get more women supporters, sunlen, if he's going to be elected president of the united states. the latest accusations not helping. >> they certainly are not. not by any stretch of the imagination. one of the most poignant parts of her speech today, when she told the personal stories of when she had been walking down the street and been made feel uncomfortable by a male. i think every woman has been in that situation. >> the democrats, the hillary clinton supporters, they're looking at this and saying to themselves, from their perspective, this is a blessing. >> well, politically. and they found the right
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messenger for it as well. i think michelle obama now, safe to say, is the rock star of the clin campaign this cycle. her convention speech in philadelphia. this speech today. i think she'll go down as the most effective surrogate for hillary clinton this year. >> she is obviously a powerful voice out there. even when hillary clinton is not on the campaign trail like today, she is doing some fund-raising, she has these surrogates who really help her. >> no doubt. when michelle obama goes out to speak -- she doesn't speak often, but when she does speak, she speaks powerfully. she speaks in terms of being a woman and being a mother and being a wife and, quite frankly, just being a citizen of the united states. i think that that's what makes her so powerful and why she is such a good surrogate for hillary clinton. at the same time we have the likes of jack kingston who has to come try to defend the indefensible at times when we're trying to figure out whether it's true or not. to blatantly say he doesn't believe it's true is difficult for a lot of theme.
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>> even though he's only known donald trump for a year. so he can't couch for his character over 30 years. some of these allegations go back at least that length. stay with us. we're also following the fallout from the latest sexual assault accusations against donald trump and his angry denials. standing by for trump's next campaign raleigh. > -- rally. an ally of vladimir putin who says, if americans vote for clinton, it's war. you do all this research on a perfect car, then smash it into a tree. your insurance company raises your rates. maybe you should've done more research on them. for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise your rates due to your first accident. and if you do have an accident, our claims centers are available to assist you 24/7. call for a free quote today. liberty stands with you™. liberty mutual insurance.
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we continue following the fallout of accusations of sexual assault by donald trump. trump is campaigning in plus, ohio, just wrapped up a speech. later tonight he's in cincinnati. also in the news, a stunning and chilling comment from a top ally of the russian president vladamir putin who says that if americans vote for hillary clinton, it could mean war. brian todd has been looking into this. what are you learning? >> reporter: we have learned that tonight, at least publicly the kremlin is distancing themselves from this man's comments, but we're told the man in question fills an important role for vladamir putin and putin's inner circle. it seems that tonight he's again done putin's bidding, taking the vitriol to hillary clinton to a level where vladamir putin can't quite go. one of vladamir putin's most powerful supporters, a man who just won big in an election in
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russia, makes a menacing prediction. an ultranationalist firebrand who leads russia's third biggest party, warns americans about their votes. >> translator: they're voting for peace on planet earth if they vote for trump. if they vote for hillary, it's war. >> reporter: he says hillary clinton "craves power, that she would create panic if elected." then goes further. >> translator: if hillary clinton wins, it will be the last u.s. president ever. >> reporter: the kremlin scrambled to distance himself from the comments, telling cnn that was just his personal opinion. but analysts say he's helping putin. >> president putin has stoked nationalism in russia in recent years to shore up political support. and so it's useful for him when he has these types of ultranationalist characters making these kinds of remarks. >> reporter: tonight, putin and
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his inner circle are pushing back against the latest allegations that their hackers are trying to sabotage america's vote. cnn learned that investigators believe a cyber attack, which exposed voter data in florida, was the work of the russians. the obama administration has just publicly named and shamed putin's government for hacks of the democratic party, accusing the kremlin of trying to destabilize america's political system. putin says the u.s. is trying to deflect from the damaging content of the stolen e-mails. >> translator: they started this hysteria, saying that this hacking is in russia's interests. this has nothing to do with russia's interests. >> reporter: analysts say if there's anything to what u.s. officials accuse putin of doing, this is unprecedented. >> it's extraordinary for a foreign leader to go to these lengths to interfere in an american election. and, you know, i think it partly shows how bad the relationship is between the united states and
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russia at this point. >> reporter: experts say if his hackers are meddling in america's election, it's a cold calculation by putin. >> what he wants to show is whoever it is that becomes the american president after november 8th is as flawed as the next person. >> reporter:able lists say putin is trying to deflect world attention away from political corruption in his own country trying to portray the american system being just as bad. and he's trying to hit back for what he believes was america's interference in his last election four years ago. wolf? >> brian, you're again hearing how vladamir putin very likely without benefit from donald trump getting elected. >> reporter: every analyst says vladamir putin dislikes hillary clinton but feels he can manipulate donald trump. one saying putin, as a former
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kgb agent, watching trump's behavior, putin is salivating at the thought how he could manipulate donald trump. >> brian, thank you. coming up, donald trump launches a desperate counterattack against a growing list of women who say he groped or kissed them against his will. >> these people are horrible people. they're horrible, horrible liars. approaching 65... now's the time to get your ducks in a row. [quack!] medicare only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so think about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like any standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, they help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. so don't wait. call now to request your free decision guide and learn more.
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happening now. breaking news. state of denial. donald trump reacts to a wave of new sexual assault allegations, calling them "pure fiction and outright lies." he verbally attacks his accusers
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and threatens lawsuits as his poll numbers fall and his campaign reels. can trump pull out of this downward spiral? this is not normal. michelle obama expresses disgust at trump's recorded boasts of groping women. the first lady uses words like disgraceful and intolerable and beneath human decency, her voice shaking at times. retaliation. the u.s. launches missiles at iranian backed rebels who fired on american warships. the pentagon is warning it's ready to answer further provocation and up the ante. is iran directly involved? coordinated release. cnn is learning new information about evidence of a russian role in a wikileaks revelation of clinton campaign e-mails. a state backed russian website published the latest stolen documents before wikileaks. did russia tip its hand? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm

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