Donald Trump Is Reportedly Going to Blame Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim for Sexual Assault Stories

Donald Trump is going to blame Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim for recent sexual assault stories, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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As he continues his denial of the numerous sexual assault allegations made against him in recent days, Donald Trump will reportedly begin to blame someone new for the sudden outpouring of reports: Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

The Wall Street Journalreported Friday that Trump's campaign is preparing to roll out an attack against Slim—a shareholder of New York Times Co. and a donor to the Hillary Clinton campaign—for what the campaign considers a coordinated effort to drudge up decades' worth of ethically compromising interviews.

As the Wall Street Journal points out, the attack allows Trump to punch back against multiple parties, including the Clinton campaign and the New York Times, which published an article this week detailing the accounts of two women who say Trump sexually assaulted them. That article prompted Trump's lawyers to threaten a libel suit against the Times.

The Trump campaign's attack on Slim “is just another deranged right-wing conspiracy theory from Donald Trump’s increasingly desperate campaign,” Clinton’s press secretary, Brian Fallon, told the Wall Street Journal. Through a spokesperson, Slim denied that he's working to interfere with the election, calling Trump's accusations "totally false."

The Times' publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., called Slim "an excellent shareholder who fully respects boundaries regarding the independence of our journalism. He has never sought to influence what we report.”

On Thursday, the New York Times legal team responded to Trump's lawyers, who demanded that the Times retract its article with the accounts of two women who say Trump sexually assaulted them. The response was a mic-drop moment for the newspaper. It stated the paper "welcome[s] the opportunity to have a court set him straight."

NYT's legal team responds to Trump.

— Matt Pearce 🦅🇺🇸 (@mattdpearce) October 13, 2016

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