Hours after a series of stories surfaced involving women who accused Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual advances, Trump bitterly denied the charges, accusing the news media of joining forces with Hillary Clinton's campaign in a "concerted, coordinated and vicious attack," to sink Trump's effort to win the White House.
"These claims are all fabricated; they're pure fiction and they are outright lies," Trump said as he said the stories were "very painful."
"It's reprehensible beyond description," he added.
Trump went on for nearly fifteen minutes in his speech in West Palm Beach, Florida, blasting news outlets for reporting what he says were "nothing more than false smears."
"It's gotten more and more vicious, more and more vile," as Trump repeatedly tried to tie the news media to the Clinton campaign.
"These attacks are orchestrated," Trump said. "The only thing Hillary Clinton has going for herself is the press - without the press, she is absolutely zero."
Trump also turned up the heat on Hillary Clinton; after the crowd chanted, "Lock her up," Trump added his own exclamation point.
"Honestly, she should be locked up," as the crowd roared its approval.
"The Clintons are criminals, remember that - they are criminals," Trump said to more cheers.
Earlier in the day, during a photo opportunity where Trump was meeting with area business leaders, an Associated Press reporter tried to ask Trump about the allegations of sexual abuse leveled against him.
The reaction was very negative both from Trump and the group:
While Trump's voice couldn't really be heard on that Pool report tape, reporters said he called the AP questioner a "sleazebag."