Trump chal­lenges Clin­ton to drug test ‘I think we should take a drug test prior to the de­bate’

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Don­ald Trump has chal­lenged his ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton to a drug test be­fore their next de­bate, sug­gest­ing the Demo­crat was “pumped up” on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs in a stun­ning new twist to the bru­tal White House race. The un­sub­stan­ti­ated at­tack from the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee came as a new poll out yes­ter­day shows Clin­ton with a four-point lead over her Repub­li­can ri­val, sug­gest­ing that Trump still holds a solid core of vot­ers de­spite a week of snow­balling claims of sex­ual mis­con­duct that have thrown his pres­i­den­tial campaign into chaos.

Trump has tram­pled all con­ven­tions in his treat­ment of his op­po­nent, vow­ing if elected to jail her over her email prac­tices as sec­re­tary of state-and mak­ing “Lock Her Up” a ral­ly­ing cry for his fired-up sup­port­ers. His campaign has ac­tively fu­eled right-wing con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Clin­ton’s health, seiz­ing on her bout of pneu­mo­nia last month to sug­gest she is con­ceal­ing a ma­jor health prob­lem, and is un­fit for of­fice. In the lat­est at­tack, lev­eled with­out proof, Trump sug­gested she had taken drugs dur­ing their last de­bate, and called for test­ing ahead of their fi­nal duel Wed­nes­day in Las Ve­gas.

“At the be­gin­ning of her last de­bate, she was all pumped up at the be­gin­ning. At the end, it was like, ‘Take me down,’ she could barely reach her car,” the 70-year-old told a rally Satur­day in Portsmouth, New Hamp­shire. “Ath­letes, they make them take a drug test. I think we should take a drug test prior to the de­bate. Why don’t we do that?”Trump said.

‘Steal the elec­tion’

The Man­hat­tan bil­lion­aire has spent the week claim­ing the me­dia and a “global elite” are work­ing against him. “The elec­tion is be­ing rigged by cor­rupt me­dia push­ing com­pletely false al­le­ga­tions and out­right lies in an ef­fort to elect her pres­i­dent,” he charged in New Hamp­shire. Ten women have now come for­ward to say they were the vic­tim of un­wanted ad­vances by the real es­tate mogul.

Trump’s lat­est ac­cuser, 63-year-old Cathy Heller, told The Guardian that he had grabbed and kissed her against her wishes dur­ing their first and only meet­ing 20 years ago. Trump de­nies the al­le­ga­tions, in­sist­ing in one of a bar­rage of tweets to his 12 mil­lion fol­low­ers: “Noth­ing ever hap­pened with any of th­ese women. To­tally made up non­sense to steal the elec­tion. No­body has more re­spect for women than me!”

The controversy ap­par­ently has had lit­tle ef­fect on Trump’s sup­port: an ABC News/Wash­ing­ton Post poll out Sun­day shows Clin­ton lead­ing Trump 47-43 per­cent among likely vot­ers-a small change from 46-44 in a sur­vey taken ahead of the first pres­i­den­tial de­bate. The poll was taken after the Oc­to­ber 7 re­lease of au­dio from 2005 in which Trump bragged that he could get away with grab­bing women’s crotches be­cause he’s fa­mous.

Clin­ton ap­pears con­fi­dent

How­ever en­thu­si­asm for Trump among his sup­port­ers has de­creased, while the per­cent­age of Clin­ton sup­port­ers who said they could change their minds has dropped, the poll said. One diehard Trump sup­porter, Sil­i­con Val­ley bil­lion­aire Peter Thiel, is do­nat­ing $1.25 mil­lion to help elect the Repub­li­can can­di­date, the New York Times re­ported, cit­ing a per­son close to the in­vestor.

A con­fi­dent Clin­ton has scaled back her campaign com­mit- ments, keep­ing a low pro­file as her ri­val bat­tles the in­cen­di­ary al­le­ga­tions, trig­gered by the re­lease last week of a video of him brag­ging about grop­ing women. But the Clin­ton camp is­sued a swift response to Trump’s lat­est com­ments on the elec­tion, ac­cus­ing him of seek­ing to erode pub­lic faith in the vote.

“This elec­tion will have record turnout, be­cause vot­ers see through Don­ald Trump’s shame­ful at­tempts to un­der­mine an elec­tion weeks be­fore it hap­pens,” her campaign man­ager Robby Mook said in a state­ment. The na­tion’s top elected Repub­li­can, House speaker Paul Ryan, who last week de­clared that he would no longer “de­fend” the party’s nom­i­nee, re­buked Trump over his com­ments ques­tion­ing the va­lid­ity of the elec­tion process.

“Our democ­racy re­lies on con­fi­dence in elec­tion re­sults, and the speaker is fully con­fi­dent the states will carry out this elec­tion with in­tegrity,” said a state­ment is­sued late Satur­day by Ryan’s spokes­woman Ash­Lee Strong. The vir­u­lence of Trump’s at­tacks on the Clin­ton camp has raised con­cerns about whether the real es­tate mogul would even ac­knowl­edge a de­feat, and how his le­gions of sup­port­ers would re­act should he lose.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama-who along with First Lady Michelle Obama stepped up this week as a heavy-hit­ting sur­ro­gate for Clin­ton-echoed those con­cerns at a rally Fri­day, warn­ing democ­racy it­self was at stake in next month’s vote. “In a democ­racy, you have a con­test, but if you lose then you say con­grat­u­la­tions and you move on,” said the US leader, whose sec­ond term ends Jan­uary 20. —AFP

PORTSMOUTH: A sup­porter of Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump wears a shirt that reads ‘Hil­lary for Prison’ as Trump speaks at an event. —AFP

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