As the allegations of sexual assault piled up against Donald Trump this week, the Republican nominee promised that he would release a trove of exculpatory evidence "at the appropriate time." On Friday morning, running mate Mike Pence said this other shoe would drop within "hours" and this information would disprove Trump's accusers. By the end of the day, the only information that Trump produced was thin and bizarre.
The Trump campaign put forward a British man who claimed to have a "photographic memory" and who told the New York Post that he was on the flight with Trump and one of Trump's accusers 30-plus years ago, that he remembered the entire incident, and that her story of being groped by Trump while sitting next to the mogul in the first class section was not true. The Brit claimed nothing had happened during the entire flight. (A Trump spokeswoman had previously claimed that Trump did not fly on commercial airlines during the 1980s, so this seemed to prove that Trump's account was wrong.) The British fellow would have been about 18-years-old at the time and didn't explain why he had been flying first-class. And two years ago, he generated British headlines by claiming that when he was 17 he procured young men for sex parties with British politicians. The Trump campaign also released a statement from the cousin of an accuser who had appeared on The Apprentice, and this man asserted that his cousin had for years not complained about Trump and had only raised these allegations after Trump recently declined an invitation to visit her restaurant.
None of this was the firm proof that Trump had promised. And this wasn't the first time that Trump has vowed to release information and then failed to produce the goods. Here's a quick guide:
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