Donald Trump holds news conference with Bill Clinton accusers ahead of debate

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 9 (UPI) — Less than two hours before he was set to walk onto a debate stage with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump held a press conference with four women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.

One of the women, Juanita Broaddrick, has accused Clinton of raping her. She repeated that allegation Sunday, though there is no evidence to support it.

“Actions speak louder than words. Mr. Trump may have said some bad words but Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there’s any comparison,” Broaddrick said.

Trump spoke briefly to introduce the women and ignored media questions about the video that surfaced Friday, wherein he is recorded on a hot microphone bragging about trying to have sex with a married woman and groping women’s genitals who allowed him to do so without their consent because he’s “a star.”

When a member of the media asked Trump about that video, another of the women, Paula Jones, responded angrily: “Why don’t y’all go ask Bill Clinton that? Ask Bill Clinton that. Ask Hillary, as well.”

The press conference was broadcast live on Trump’s Facebook page.

Trump had hinted he would make Bill Clinton’s history of marital infidelity a topic of the campaign prior to the video coming out. But in a video message where he apologized for his words on Friday, he also promised to bring up Bill Clinton’s past at Sunday’s debate.

Hillary Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri released a statement to CNN in response to Trump’s press conference, saying it will not change her debate strategy.

“We are not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom,” she said. “Hillary Clinton understands the opportunity in this town hall is to talk to voters on stage and in the audience about the issues that matter to them and this stunt doesn’t change that.”

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