Donald Trump says 'sick media' working against campaign; President Obama stumps for Hillary Clinton

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Josh Einiger recaps the latest developments in the presidential race. (Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump is accusing a "sick media" of trying to take down his presidential campaign in cahoots with rival Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Speaking at a rally Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina, Trump targeted Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire who owns a share of The New York Times.

Trump declared that "we can't let" Slim influence the election.

Trump has threatened to sue the Times for a story that featured two women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

Trump is accusing the media of fabricating stories about a slew of women who have made similar accusations in recent days. Trump says the stories are lies.

He said, "our media is indeed sick and it's making our country sick. And we're going to stop it."

He defiantly denied a week's worth of accusations that have all but consumed his presidential bid just over three weeks before the election.

"She would not be my first choice, that I can tell you," Trump said of one woman in a rambling attack on his female accusers as he campaigned in battleground North Carolina.

The New York businessman said his staff wanted him to avoid the topic altogether but that he couldn't resist defending himself.

Trump also repeated his incendiary claim that the November election was not being conducted honestly. That's an unprecedented assertion that challenges America's tradition of peaceful democracy.

The Republican nominee said "the process is rigged" and declared that "the whole thing is one big fix."
New Trump Accusers

Two more women have come forward to say they were sexually assaulted by Donald Trump. One of them is a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who says Donald Trump made unwanted sexual contact with her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007.

Summer Zervos appeared at a news conference Friday with attorney Gloria Allred. Zervos is among several women who have made sexual allegations against the Republican nominee. He has strenuously denied them.

Allred says her client told her parents and others about the incident shortly after it occurred.

More Wikileaks Emails Released

Newly released emails show Hillary Clinton's aides asked former President Bill Clinton to cancel a planned speech to a Wall Street investment firm because of concerns the Clintons might appear too cozy with Wall Street just as Hillary Clinton was about to announce her campaign for president.

Hacked emails released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks show that Hillary Clinton did not want her husband to cancel the speech, but was eventually convinced that canceling was the right step.

Campaign manager Robby Mook said he realized canceling the speech would disappoint both Clintons, but he said, "it's a very consequential unforced error and could plague us in stories for months."

Clinton's campaign had long been worried about appearing to be too close to Wall Street banks.

President Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton was off the campaign trail on Friday, but got some help on the trail from President Obama.

He says "democracy is on the ballot" in the presidential election.

Obama is warning voters that Donald Trump poses a risk to the America's democratic political system. He's calling out Trump for claiming the election is rigged against him.

Obama told Hillary Clinton supporters at a rally Friday in Cleveland that some nations do rig elections. He said they are tyrannies that oppress their people. Obama said the U.S. has fought against those things.

Obama said in a democracy, a politician can't just ban journalists "that you don't like." He cited the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment protections for freedom of the press.

Information from The Associated Press
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