While the 2016 presidential campaign is hurtling towards it’s final few weeks, things have gotten, well, completely wild. The Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has been implicated by various publications, including The New York Times and People magazine, regarding alleged sexual assaults against women.
The allegations come off the heels of a leaked audio tape of Trump that saw the businessman make lewd remarks about women, as well as what appears to be boasting about taking advantage of women.
Donald Trump has since issued an apology about his remarks, citing the comments as “locker room banter,” but that hasn’t stopped a string of women coming forward and accusing the presidential hopeful of assault.
After publishing a detailed account of two women who have accused Trump of assaulting them, The New York Times shared a letter from the Republican candidate’s lawyer that requested that the publication take down the piece and offer a formal apology.
Despite the threat of legal action, the newspaper has defended its right to publish the article.
Writing a response to Trump’s lawyer (and later making the response public), vice president and assistant general counsel of The New York Times, David McCraw, said that the article clearly fell into public service journalism and that they wouldn’t be retracting the article.
The letter goes on to detail how other women have come forward with allegations against Donald Trump.
Continuing, David McCraw states that Thew New York Times acted within the law, stating that it would be a journalistic and democratic “disservice” to revoke the article.
The New York Times isn’t the only publication that has been threatened with legal issues.
As The Independent report, Melania Trump has threatened to sue People magazine for the essay they published by Natasha Stoynoff.
Taking to Twitter, Melania shared a legal letter that states that the alleged incidents that Stoynoff recalled, including the relationship the journalist had with the Trump family as well as minor details like encounters, were false. She requested that People retract the article and that both Stoynoff and the publication offer apologies.
However, like The New York Times, People are refusing to give in to legal threats.
Making a statement, the magazine’s Editor in Chief, Jess Cagle, said that they were grateful to Natasha Stoynoff.
Speaking at a rally in Florida yesterday (October 13th), Donald Trump vehemently denied the allegations.
Striking out at the media, Trump said that the assault claims were part of a collusion between the Clintons and the media.
In an hour long speech, Trump then claimed that these allegations were the responsibility of Hilary Clinton.