Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said the women who have recently come out to say he groped them are lying about their claims.
"These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it," Trump said, reports the Chicago Tribune. He then said his accusers "are horrible people. They're horrible, horrible liars."
He continued: “They're pure fiction, and they're outright lies. These events never happened ... I will not allow the Clinton machine to turn our campaign into a discussion of their slanders and lies."
The Obama administration is fighting hard for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to prevail in November and first lady Michelle Obama gave a speech that was directed towards the “Access Hollywood” remarks Trump made in 2005 about groping women.
"The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman, it is cruel, it is frightening, and the truth is, it hurts," Obama said. "We can't expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years."
The Trump accusations come just days after he invited to the second presidential debate in St. Louis several women who claim they were sexually harassed by former President Bill Clinton, as well as a woman who was raped at the age of 12 by a man whom Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton defended during her earlier years in Arkansas.
Trump has intensified his rhetoric about Bill Clinton's well-publicized past sexual exploits. But he has also focused on the idea that Hillary Clinton enabled Bill Clinton's alleged harassment of women by attacking those women who have come out about their accusations.
"She’s led a program of victim intimidation,” Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon told Trump staffers, according to Bloomberg. “This has nothing to do with consensual sexual affairs and infidelities. This is Bill. We’re going to turn him into Bill Cosby. He’s a violent sexual predator who physically abuses women who he assaults. And she takes the lead on the intimidation of the victims.”
Both Trump and Bill Clinton have denied all accusations against them.