Trump vows to jail Clin­ton if he wins

> Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates trade blows in toxic and ill-tem­pered de­bate

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WASH­ING­TON: Don­ald Trump launched a scorched-earth bid to sal­vage his flail­ing cam­paign in a vi­cious pres­i­den­tial de­bate yes­ter­day, vow­ing to jail ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton if he wins the White House, and ac­cus­ing her hus­band of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

Be­fore tens of mil­lions of view­ers and a live au­di­ence in St Louis, Mis­souri that in­cluded Bill Clin­ton and three women who ac­cuse him of past abuse, the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee shat­tered the last ves­tiges of po­lit­i­cal deco­rum and gave voice to in­cen­di­ary al­le­ga­tions against the former pres­i­dent.

With his cam­paign in a tail­spin, Trump apol­o­gised for “locker room talk” in which he bragged about grop­ing women, but stated baldly that “Bill Clin­ton was abu­sive to women”.

“If you look at Bill Clin­ton, far worse,” Trump in­sisted. “Mine are words, his was ac­tion.” Go­ing a step fur­ther, the 70-year-old real es­tate mogul threat­ened his 2016 Demo­cratic ri­val – whom he ac­cused of hav­ing “hate in her heart” – with im­pris­on­ment if he wins the pres­i­dency.

“If I win, I’m go­ing to in­struct the at­tor­ney-gen­eral to get a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to look into your sit­u­a­tion be­cause there’s never been so many lies, so much de­cep­tion,” Trump said.

Hil­lary Clin­ton, fac­ing a deeply wounded can­di­date with one month to go be­fore Elec­tion Day, pushed back by say­ing Trump’s lewd hot-mic com­ments merely showed his true self.

“This is who Don­ald Trump is, and the ques­tion for us, the ques­tion our coun­try must an­swer is that this is not who we are.”

When Clin­ton said that it was “aw­fully good” that some­one with Trump’s tem­per­a­ment was not lead­ing the na­tion, he shot back: “Be­cause you’d be in jail.”

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s former at­tor­ney-gen­eral, Eric Holder, led the broad con­dem­na­tion of Trump’s threat, as crit­ics painted him as a dic­ta­tor in the mak­ing.

“In the USA we do not threaten to jail po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents. re­alDon­aldTrump said he would. He is promis­ing to abuse the power of the of­fice,” Holder said in a tweet.

Trump was also tarred as un­demo­cratic by a num­ber of fel­low Repub­li­cans.

“Win­ning can­di­dates don’t threaten to put op­po­nents in jail,” said former Ge­orge W. Bush White House spokesman Ari Fleis­cher.

The de­bate’s open­ing min­utes were tense, with Trump sling­ing mud even at the two mod­er­a­tors, whom he ac­cused of bias – it was “one against three” he said – be­tween a con­tin­u­ous se­ries of in­ter­rup­tions.

Clin­ton, 68, largely re­fused to take the bait, opt­ing to ad­here to ad­vice from First Lady Michelle Obama: “When they go low, you go high.”

“This is not an or­di­nary time and this is not an or­di­nary elec­tion,” she said, ap­peal­ing di­rectly to vot­ers. – AFP

Clin­ton speaks dur­ing the de­bate with Trump in St Louis yes­ter­day.

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