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trump. the little trump is frankly pathetic. >> pathetic. that is our last word for tonight. the 11th hour with brian williams is live and it is next. tonight, donald trump digs in, vowing to go to war over those new accusations calling his accusers horrible liars. president barack obama sparing no. and one of the moments michelle obama may be remembered for, a stunningly personal appeal for human decency, "the 11th hour" begins now. good evening from our new york headquarters, with 25 days left to go until the election and tonight americans are witnessing the wildly different contrast now between these two campaigns.
just hours after the first lady delivered a forceful condemnation of the republican nominee. for his part, donald trump is denying all of the accusations against him, he dismissed all of it as lies and a smear and in some cases is going after his accusers now, nbc's katy tur is outside trump tower in midtown manhattan for us tonight. katy, good evening. >> reporter: donald trump wasn't giving up, calling the negative headlines against him a conspiracy and laying out a vast shadowy operation where the media, the department of justice, wall street banks and the establishment are all working together to get hillary clinton elected by smearing him with allegations of sexual misconduct. >> these claims are all fabricated. they're pure fiction and they're outright lies. >> reporter: after the trump
campaign promised a scorched-earth campaign, the candidate was back on the campaign trail in west palm beach, florida, taking on hillary clinton. >> honestly she should be locked up. [ cheers and applause ] should be. >> reporter: and taking aim at the "new york times," "people" magazine and others for multiple stories from women alleging unwanted groping, kissing, and other sexual misconduct. they are claims team trump denies and nbc news has not been able to independently verify. >> and so now we address the slander and libels that was just last night thrown at me by the clinton machine and the "new york times" and other media outlets. [ boos ] as part of a concerted, coordinated and vicious attack. these vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. [ cheers and applause ]
and the clintons know it very well. >> reporter: the candidate's comments on the trail come after lawyers for donald trump threatened to sue the "new york times" for its story detailing the claims of two different women accusing trump of unwanted sexual conduct. the letter says in part "your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel." lawyers for the "new york times" responded with their own letter the times published on its web site. "the essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of ones reputation. mr. trump has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women, he has bragged about his intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. he acquiesced to a radio hope's request to call his own daughter "a piece of ass." nothing in our harl has the slightest effect on the reputation that mr. trump's
words and action has created for himself. we published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. if mr. trump disagrees, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight." one of the woman featured in the "new york times" story, jessica leeds, repeated her claim that trump globed her on an airplane 30 years ago in an another interview tonight. >> he was grabbing my breast and trying to turn me towards him and kissing me and then after a bit that's when his hands started going -- i was wearing a skirt and his hands started sta knee and up my skirt. >> reporter: adding to the headlines today, a news story from the huffington post, also not independently verified by nbc news, alleging lewd conduct by donald trump from the 1990s. the site spoke to a businesswoman who said while at a restaurant with trump and others, trump paraded women to their table and commented on whether they were wearing underwear. following up on its story
yesterday, buzzfeed news today reported a fifth teenaged beauty queen contestant saying donald trump entered the dressing room where she and others were changing. victoria hughes, the former miss new mexico teen usa, said it was certainly an inappropriate time to meet us all for the first time. i was the eldest at 19. other contestants, however, told buzzfeed they don't remember seeing trump. >> donald, do you ever discuss sex with your daughter? >> no. >> reporter: that's not all. more old footage on donald trump on an episode of "the howard stern show" surfaced today, this from 2006. >> you know about sexual predators. >> you are one. >> i was going to say that. >> reporter: on the trail this afternoon, trump repeatedly blamed his opponent, the media, the democratic party, everyone but himself. while responding to allegations that he forced himself on a "people" magazine reporter 12 years ago, trump even seemed to make a comment on her
appearance. >> take a look. you take a look. look at her. look at her words. you tell me what you think. i don't think so. i don't think so. >> reporter: right now, trump is in full crisis mode. his inner circle shrinking. as confidants like chris christie and newt gingrich distance themselves. >> what is going on behind the scenes that you know right now that might be a reason why these needles are not being threaded the way -- >> i honestly don't know. i'm mystified. i can't make sense of it. >> reporter: the scorched earth campaign proving it will set fire to anything that stands in its way. >> i will not allow the clinton machine to turn our campaign into a discussion of their slanders and lies, but will remain focused on the issues facing the american people. >> reporter: new tonight, melania trump is suing "new york
magazine," because its writer accused donald trump of forcing herself on her. so far melania has not addressed the allegations directly. brian? >> katy tur, outside trump tower in manhattan, thanks. our friend john heilemann, co-managing editor of bloomberg politics and co-host of "with all do you respect," and nichol wallace. nico nicole, decent people, we averted our eyes at different times during that. what is happening? >> listen, i know we'll get to it later. i think michelle obama delivered the final knockout blow to trump's candidacy today by pointing out that the need for sort of maintaining some decorum, some human decency, some level of discourse where parents aren't afraid to have
their children walk by when the news is on, has been lost. i think this has been a long time building, sort of the shackles of partisanship i think have kept too many republicans -- i texted with two republicans who were former primary opponents of donald trump. i said, any regrets tonight as you watch the party implode and collapse upon themselves? they both acknowledged it was really something. >> john? >> to the speech that donald trump gave today in the afternoon, the one innflorida, was one of the more extraordinary things i've heard. >> it was apocalyptic. >> it was manichean. it reminded me of pat buchanan in the early 1990s, when pat buchanan was saying a lot of the same things trump did, he appealed to what i called the clenched fist and camouflage crowd, the one worried about the
black helicopters and the notion of a world government. it was not just apocalyptic but the notion of a grand globalist conspiracy that was out to get donald trump. and that that was what all of this that happened yesterday, these women who came forward with their accounts, consistent accounts among the accounts themselves and with things that he's bragged about, somehow that was all part of a grand global conspiracy to deny donald trump of the presidency. >> even though he's nine points down, right? >> it just blew my mind. >> the made notes. the international bankers. this is our last chance. hillary should be locked up. conspiracy against the american people. and i alone can fix it. those are from the speech. we have a tiny super cut of some of the lines from this speech today. we'll roll that and come back. >> this is a struggle for the
survival of our nation, believe me. and this will be our last chance to save it on november 8th. they will attack you. they will slander you. they will seek to destroy your career and your family. they will seek to destroy everything about you including your reputation. they will lie, lie, lie. and then again, they will do worse than that. they will do whatever is necessary. the clintons are criminals, remember that. they're criminals. many of my friends and many political experts warned me that this campaign would be a journey to hell. they said that. but they're wrong. it will
be a journey to heaven. i'm doing this for the people
and for the movement. and we will take back this country for you. and we will make america great again. >> nicole wallace, how high is your fear these days that by delegitimizing whatever the result is in november, there will be a kind of super aggravated core of what i guess is the new banner of the republican party. >> and i think putting the republican party back together again is a far-off fantasy. that will never happen. >> lofty goal. >> and who would lead it to begin with? here's what i think watching that. he's the one that started out and rose to prominence on a couple of ideas that really animated people, talking about -- going and addressing people whose jobs were outsourced, talking about economic despair, understanding that sentiment of economic despair and anxiety was wider than just people who were out of work.
i haven't heard him mention any of those ideas. i mean, he's nine points down. so part of this sort of desperation and raging is what happens when people lose. it gives you a greater appreciation for the way john mccain lost. i point people back to the speech he gave that night in arizona when he conceded the election to obama and laid upon him all the power and legitimacy of someone who wins in a democracy. i don't see trump doing that in a million years. >> it was quaint and patriotic by today's standards. >> there are two things to say about today's strategy that he's following. the thing he did not do, in bloomberg business week, josh green wrote a piece signaling the campaign was going to go very deep into the mud with bill clinton and bill clinton's personal life and their allegations that hillary clinton was complicit in that. he did not go there today. i expected him to do more of that. he did not
do that. whether he goes there or not, the way he's currently talking about, the first and most
important -- the first and least important is that it's ineffective. this is not a strategy to win the presidency of the united states. this is not how you gain voters, this is not how you expand your coalition, this is not how you win swing states. none of those things are accomplished by this. this is a strategy to try to depress turnout and rile up your base so that somehow by some miracle you get enough people to throw up their hands and stay home. first, it's ineffective if you want to be president. the second thing it's dangerous. there are moments when he's incited violence at his rallies. he's now at a large scale, fueling the kinds of things that drove the militia movement in the '90s. this isn't just antiestablishment politics. this is, the entire system is corrupt, they're going to steal the election from us and you might need to take matters into your hands. this is how the murrow building got blown up in 1995.
>> there are only things that the incumbent president can say in this campaign season. here is a sample from his appearance in ohio. >> they don't get credit for at the very last minute, when finally the guy that they nominated and they endorsed and they supported is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about, much less laugh about, or joke about, much less act on. you can't wait until that finally happens and then say, oh, that's too much, that's enough. >> nicole wallace, he's pinning it on the republican party. >> he's right. you've interviewed governor
kasich, john mccain came out and said he couldn't vote for the republican nominee. more republicans should have been more outraged earlier on. i'm heartened to see this is a tipping point, and i understand why, groping women and laughing about being a sexual predator is a tipping point, it was trump heard in his own words. but there were plenty of other moments, plenty of other off-ramps. we talked at the beginning of the week how trump has done generational damage, in large part because more people didn't jump off the trump train earlier. >> a quick break for us. our guests will stay here in the studio. coming up, the words today from first lady michelle obama taking on donald trump and then some. "the 11th hour" continues right after this. men. 80% try to eat healthy, yet up to 90% fall short in getting key nutrients from food alone.
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as former president bill clinton put it today, michelle obama just delivered the speech of the campaign. she called out donald trump without ever saying his name. >> the fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the united states who over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning, i simply will not repeat anything here today. and last week, we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women.
and i can't believe that i'm saying that, a candidate for president of the united states has bragged about sexually assaulting women. and i have to tell you that i can't stop thinking about this. it has shaken me to my core in a way that i couldn't have predicted. so while i would love nothing more than to pretend like this isn't happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous for me to move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream. this is not something that we can ignore. it's not something we can sweep under the rug as 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 growing women, using language so obscene that many of us were worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the tv. and 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. and i have to tell you that i listened to all of this, and i feel it so personally. and i'm 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 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. this isn't about politics. it's about basic human decency. it's about right and wrong. and we simply cannot endure this or expose our children to this any longer. not for another minute. and let alone for four years. now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough. [ cheers and applause ]
this has got to stop right now. >> nicole wallace? >> it was the most perfect political speech i've seen in my career. the second most effective and powerful political speech was that woman's consequentivention. michelle obama is making the obama presidency's legacy with these words. she is speaking truth in a climate where everyone is sort of afraid to say what they're actually seeing. and she is almost narrating the crisis of our political times. and it was moving. it was powerful. she is right about everything as a woman. and i think it's the first moment that might sort of smash through all of the white noise that mark mckinnon was talking about last night and snap people out of their malaise about everything they're watching and into action. >> john? >> i'll do the political analysis here. on this network, we've seen a banner that says donald trump against the world in recent days. he has not that many friends. he has not that many political
friends, allies, surrogates who can go out and make an effective case for him to the extent there's one to be made. hillary clinton has a lot of demographic and other advantages in this election. she also has this advantage, she's got a lot of friends, friends who are great political athletes, barack obama, joe biden, bernie sanders. michelle obama is turning out to be maybe the best of them. eight years ago, she wanted no part of national politics, she didn't want her husband to run for president. it's the most unlikely turn of events that michelle obama would be maybe the heaviest hitter of all among all the heavy hitters. it's impressive and really surprising. >> two times now she's given speeches that are about who we are as a country. and the best political messengers don't talk about themselves, they don't talk about their record. they go back. she is walking the walk of they go low, we go high. that's what it looks like.
>> nicole, john, thanks as always. a break for us, and coming up, a first in the 115-year tradition of the nobel prize of literature. it involves a beloved american musician. this is "the 11th hour." uncomfortable it can be. but did you know that the lack of saliva can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath? well, there is biotene, specially formulated with moisturizers and lubricants... biotene can provide soothing relief and it helps keep your mouth healthy too. biotene, for people who suffer from a dry mouth.
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he's the first musician to be so awarded. this prize was over 50 years in the making. in his new book, bruce springsteen says about bob dylan, he planted the flag, wrote the songs, sang the worlds that were essential to the times, to the emotional and spiritual survival of americans. perhaps it's fitting to quote something dylan wrote for this medium. he wrote, quote, the news of the day is on all the time. all the latest gossip, all the latest rhyme. your mind is a temple. keep it beautiful and free. don't let an egg get laid in there by something you can't see. no one can protect you from it once you turn it on. it will scramble up your head and drag your brain about. sometimes you got to do what elvis did and shoot the damn thing out. from our small and twisted late
night corner of the universe, congratulations to nobel laureate bob dylan. with this presidential race truly in the 11th hour, "hardball" with chris matthews begins right now. michelle obama makes her case against donald trump. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. two words showcase today's campaign story. michelle obama. what she said about donald trump is the headline and the story of what she had to say promises, as we say in the news business, to have legs. it's going to go on. michelle was the undeniable star of this thursday, october 13th. she told a cro i