Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to sue the women who have come forward accusing him of sexual assault and inappropriate sexual behavior, in a Saturday speech meant to detail his first 100 days in office should he be elected to the White House.
“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” Trump told the crowd during a rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. “Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never.”
“All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump vowed.
This is hardly the first time the GOP nominee has trumpeted plans to sue during the 2016 election cycle. A lawyer representing Trump threatened the New York Times with legal action after the outlet published the accounts of two women who accused the now-Republican presidential nominee of inappropriate behavior, one of whom described an encounter with Trump as an “assault.”
Trump used the accusations against him to allege that there is a “rigged” system being wielded against him, seemingly including both the presidential election and media outlets.
“Here is why this is relevant to you,” he said. “If they can fight somebody like me who has unlimited resources to fight back, just look at what they can do to you: your jobs, your security, your education, your health care, the violation of religious liberty, the theft of your Second Amendment, the loss of your factories, your homes, and much more.”
“It was probably the [Democratic National Committee] and the Clinton campaign that put forward these liars with their fabricated stories,” Trump said without offering proof of this claim. “But we’ll find out about their involvement at a later date through litigation, and I look so forward to doing that.”
These claims come amid heavy backlash in the wake of found footage published this month by the Washington Post, showing Trump speaking in 2005 about groping and kissing women, seemingly without their consent.
At least 11 women have launched allegations against Trump, many coming forward after he denied having done the things the described in the found footage when questioned about it during the second presidential debate—though some allegations against him predate the 2005 clip.