Clinton Fires Back at Trump’s Gettysburg Address, Threat to Sue Accusers

Clinton denies that her campaign has had any role in helping Trump's accusers.

ByABC News
October 22, 2016, 9:31 PM

— -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today criticized her Republican rival, Donald Trump, for threatening to sue the women who have accused him of groping or inappropriately touching them.

Clinton made the remarks with her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, aboard her campaign plane. The two are in the midst of a joint campaign swing through the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

"I saw where our opponent Donald Trump went to Gettysburg, one of the most extraordinary places in in American history, and basically said if he's president he will spend his time suing women who have made charges against him based on his behavior," Clinton said. "Tim and I are going to keep talking about what we want do if we're given the great honor of serving as president and vice president."

Earlier today, Trump spoke in Gettysburg, site of a three-day battle seen as the turning point of the Civil War, to give what his campaign billed as a plan for his first 100 days in office. He also attacked Clinton and his accusers.

"Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication," the Republican presidential nominee said Saturday afternoon. "The [alleged] events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over."

Clinton's running mate Kaine joined Clinton in picking apart Trump's Gettysburg speech.

"Donald Trump today, was a first-100-days speech, but the parts of it that grabbed everybody's attention and that he seemed most personally invested in, were all the scores that he needs to settle with people that he's mad at. So women who've come out and complained about his activities with respect to them and continuing this thing about going after his political opponents," Kaine said.

Since a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape came out with audio of Trump describing grabbing women inappropriately, several women have come forward to accuse the businessman turned politician of inappropriate contact. Trump has called the accusations false and said the accusers have been orchestrated by the Clinton campaign.

Clinton denied that she and her campaign have played a role in Trump's accusers coming forward.

"That is just not accurate," Clinton told reporters.

Reporters asked Clinton about Trump's repeated assertion that there is a vast media conspiracy against him.

"I debated him for 4 1/2 hours. I don't even think about responding to him anymore. I'm going to let the American people decide between what he offers and what we offer. So he can say whatever he wants to. He can run his campaign however he wants to. He can go off on tangents. He can go to Gettysburg and say he's going to sue women who've made accusations against him. I'm going to keep talking about what we want do, what we think the country deserves from the next president and vice president," Clinton said.

Clinton and Kaine describe the last 17 days before the election as their time to make their closing argument.

"The other point is today we're making our closing argument. We're talking about what is at stake in the election, drawing contrasts, but we're giving people something to vote for, not just against," Clinton said.

When asked if she had begun thinking about whom she would put in her Cabinet if she were elected, Clinton wouldn't allow herself to think that far.

"You know, I'm a little superstitious about that. We've got a transition operation going, and I haven't really paid much attention to it yet because I want to focus on what our first task is and that is convincing as many Americans as possible to give us the chance to serve," Clinton said.

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