In one of her first public appearances for the campaign since plagiarizing part of Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump sat down with Anderson Cooper to defend her husband, Donald Trump, against sexual assault allegations. She blamed the media, alleging they were working with the Clinton campaign to destroy him.
"Everything was organized and put together to hurt him, to hurt his candidacy" said Ms. Trump. Referring further to the sexual assault allegations from at least 11 women, Ms. Trump said, "My husband is kind and he's a gentleman and he would never do that."
"Did they ever check the background of these women? They don't have any facts and even the story that came out in People magazine, the writer said that my husband took her to the room and [started] kissing her," explained Ms. Trump.
"She wrote in the same story about me that she saw me on Fifth Avenue and I said to her, 'Natasha, how come we don't see you anymore?' I was never [friends] with her. I would not recognize her. Never happened."
Trump clarified that her lawyer has sent a letter to People demanding a retraction. People has already weighed in, saying "we feature a story that includes at least six named sources who can corroborate Natasha Stoynoff’s account."
Ms. Trump's criticism was not reserved for the entertainment magazine alone.
"And Washington Post: when did we hear or read any great stories from—about my husband or about me? The true stuff? The facts, the real stuff? Or New York Times. We never read—they bashing, bashing, bashing."
When conversation turned to the "Access Hollywood" video—incontrovertible evidence of Trump's lewd remarks—Ms. Trump parried any assertion that talk reflects action, saying he was "egged on" by Billy Bush.
"I heard many different stuff -- boys talk," said Ms. Trump. "The boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other, 'Oh, this and that' and talking about the girls. But yes, I was surprised, of course."