Donald Trump’s attorney: Trump’s sexual-assault accusers ‘aren’t even women he’d be attracted to’

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Michael D. Cohen, the executive vice president of the Trump Organization.
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Michael Cohen, an attorney for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, implied on Tuesday that the more than a dozen women accusing Trump of various forms of sexual misconduct were not attractive enough to grope.

“Beauty is in the eye of beholder … these aren’t even women he’d be attracted to,” Cohen said in a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer.

That line follows a recurring argument of Trump’s on the campaign trail – that some of the women who have accused him of groping, kissing, and manhandling them were not attractive and therefore are not telling the truth.

“Look at her – look at her words,” the Manhattan businessman said at a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, last week. “I don’t think so.”

Cohen, who described himself as a registered Democrat, attempted to give credence to the “beauty” argument: “I think what Mr. Trump is really trying to say is that they’re not somebody that he would be attracted to, and therefore, the whole thing is nonsense.”

Cohen also said, however, that regarding the beauty argument, “I don’t think it’s relevant to the conversation at all.”

Here’s more from Cohen:

Michael Cohen says Trump wassaying accusers are “not someone he would be attractedto” so that makes the claims “nonsense” pic.twitter.com/2Kn2sUuPDe

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Earlier on Tuesday, People magazine said it found six colleagues and friends who say they can corroborate allegations against Trump levied by journalist Natasha Stoynoff. Stoynoff published an essay for the magazine last week accusing Trump of physically attacking her in 2005. Her story was published after the release of a recording from the same year in which Trump bragged about groping women.

Amid continued media scrutiny over the accusations against Trump, his campaign and his surrogates have amplified their claims that the election, by way of national media outlets and publications, is being “rigged” in favor of Trump’s Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.