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Trump denies each of the sexual misconduct accusations leveled this week

Battling back, Donald Trump said Thursday new allegations that he inappropriately touched women are "totally and absolutely false," and he blamed the news media of spreading fabrications.

"These events never, ever happened and the people that said them, meekly, fully understand," he said at a rally in swing state Florida.

"These claims are all fabricated," he said. Trump also said he has "substantial evidence" that disputes the allegations, which he said would be "made public in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time, very soon."

Shortly before he spoke, first lady Michelle Obama told a rally in New Hampshire that the leaked 2005 video of Trump joking about groping women without consent has "shaken me to my core."

"This was not just a lewd conversation. This wasn't locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior," Mrs. Obama said.

Earlier on Thursday, the Republican presidential nominee lashed out at publications that reported the accounts of women who allege Trump touched them without their consent.

The New York Times on Wednesday reported the accounts of two women who described encounters during which Trump allegedly grabbed or kissed them inappropriately. Also Wednesday, a People magazine staff writer reported that the New York real estate tycoon pushed her against a wall at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in 2005 and was soon "forcing his tongue down my throat."

NBC News has not confirmed the allegations.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on October 13, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on October 13, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Lawyers for Trump labeled the Times article as "libel per se" and asked the newspaper to issue an "a full and immediate retraction and apology." Times' lawyers replied that "nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself."

Trump also doubled down on assertions that Hillary Clinton should be in jail. As his supporters chanted "lock her up," Trump agreed.

"Honestly, she should be locked up," he said, calling Clinton and her husband, Bill, "criminals."

During Sunday's debate, Clinton said it is good that someone like Trump isn't in charge of the law.

"Because you'd be in jail," he interjected.