Welcome back to the daily roundup of Donald Trump campaign news, which has at this point devolved into watching the candidate loudly careen towards insanity.
Today brought further confirmation that the Republican nominee for president used his pageant-backer status to walk into changing rooms and ogle naked teen contestants. That happened, confirmed multiple women who witnessed it; it also confirms the story Trump himself told Howard Stern about doing just that. Some of the contestants were as young as 15. Separately, a 2001 Miss USA contestant confirmed Trump entered dressing rooms during that year’s pageant as well.
Then the New York Times published claims by two additional women that Donald Trump sexually assaulted them, one incident occurring on an airplane and the other inside Trump Tower itself.
Then two more women came forward to two additional outlets: Miss Washington 2013 confirms that Trump groped her during that pageant, and a Palm Beach woman says that Trump groped her at his Mar-a-Lago club. CBS unearthed footage of Trump, during an Entertainment Tonight Christmas feature, looking at a group of 10 year old girls and opining, in reference to one: “I’m going to be dating her in 10 years.”
That’s just one day. We don’t know what else is going to come to light tomorrow.
On with the rest of the day's news. It of course—of course—includes Donald Trump once again explaining why America's womenfolk like him so much.
• Multiple Republican officeholders who were previously "disgusted" by the released Trump are quietly declaring they will indeed be voting for Trump after all.
• At a Florida rally today, Trump wondered aloud to his rally audience as to whether there was a "sinister deal" among Republicans like Paul Ryan to keep him from becoming president.
• Trump also told the crowd that ISIS will “take over this country” if Clinton wins the election.
• There's increasing reportage suggesting the Bannon-run Trump campaign has concluded that gaining voters at this point is impossible and that the strategy has turned to Plan B: So nauseate the American electorate that most voters stay home in disgust. While this is admittedly the first Trump campaign strategy to date to play to their candidate's strengths, it's not likely to do downticket Republicans much good. Especially now that Trump voters are vowing not to vote for those Republicans as punishment for not backing their Donald.
• Donald Trump explains what women want.
• After a forecast showed Clinton obliterating Trump if only American women voted, Trump backers online responded with calls to repeal the 19th amendment.
• A still-bitter Trump pushed back against criticism of his stalking Clinton around the debate stage on Tuesday by insisting that "she entered my space!"
• Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani delivered an extended riff supposing that Hillary Clinton did not sufficiently care about 9/11 because she was not at Ground Zero: "I don’t remember seeing Hillary Clinton there." Clinton toured Ground Zero the day after the attacks—alongside Giuliani.
• Mike Pence continues to defend Trump's debate-night statement that Hillary Clinton would "be in jail" if Trump was in charge by dismissing it as "just a back and forth." The campaign continues to portray it as a "quip", but Trump has repeated the assertion at multiple rallies since.
• Some Republicans are kindly asking the conspiracy-minded pervert at the top of the ticket to stop claiming the election will be rigged. Good luck with that.
• Despite Trump's apparent admissions of sexual assault, the National Fraternal Order of Police has not rescinded their endorsement.
• Trump had previously called Republican xenophobe Pat Buchanan a "Hitler-lover" and an "anti-Semite." This week his campaign sent out a press release bragging about gaining Buchanan's support.
• A senior Trump adviser approvingly retweeted a Trump endorsement from an anti-Semitic hate website.
• President Obama on Trump, again: “The guy says stuff nobody would find tolerable if they were applying for a job at 7-Eleven.” He also sought to dispel Trump-camp fueled rumors that he is a demon who smells like sulfur. That's not a joke, by the way.
• Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold has won the October Sydney Award for his reporting into Trump's misuse of charity funds and his statements about women.