Trump goes on the defense, calls sexual assault allegations ‘fiction’

Donald Trump says the attacks on him are "a conspiracy against the American people" by the political and media establishment.

Speaking Thursday in Florida, Trump said "They will seek to destroy everything about you including your reputation." But he said that he would "take the slings and arrows" in order to protect his supporters.

Trump denied the allegations made by several women that he touched and kissed them without their consent.

Also on Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned denunciation of Trump, calling the recently unearthed comments by the Republican presidential nominee "shocking" and "demeaning," and below "basic standards of human decency."

Speaking at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, Obama lit into Trump over a video that surfaced last week in which he can be heard talking about being sexually aggressive with women.

In the 2005 video, Trump can be heard describing in graphic terms how he uses his star power to force himself upon women. Since the footage was published last week by The Washington Post, several women have come forward to say that Trump had touched them inappropriately. Trump has denied those allegations, and has dismissed the remarks made in the video as "locker room talk."

Not knowing what else will come out, Trump is accusing the media of conspiring with the Clinton campaign.

"I will not allow the Clinton machine to turn our campaign into a discussion of their slanders," he said today.