Trump goes bal­lis­tic in fe­ro­cious at­tack on Clin­tons

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump launched a scorched-earth bid to sal­vage his flail­ing cam­paign in a vi­cious pres­i­den­tial de­bate, 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 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, Mr 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,” Mr Trump said. “Mine are words, his was ac­tion.”

Go­ing a step fur­ther, the 70-yearold 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,” Mr Trump said.

Hil­lary Clin­ton, fac­ing a deeply wounded can­di­date with one month to go be­fore Elec­tion Day, pushed back by say­ing Mr Trump’s lewd hot­mic 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 Ms Clin­ton said that it was “aw­fully good” that some­one with Mr Trump’s tem­per­a­ment was not lead­ing the na­tion, he shot back,

“Be­cause you’d be in jail.”

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

Ms Clin­ton, 68, largely re­fused to take the bait, say­ing, “This is not an or­di­nary time and this is not an or­di­nary elec­tion.”

In an ex­tra­or­di­nary step aimed at re­vers­ing the tide of pub­lic opin­ion, Mr Trump had con­vened a press event just min­utes be­fore the de­bate that in­cluded sev­eral women who ac­cuse Bill Clin­ton of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and rape – later in­vited to at­tend the de­bate.

In­tro­duced by Mr Trump as “very coura­geous women”, the in­vited speak­ers in­cluded Paula Jones, a for­mer gov­ern­ment em­ployee in Arkansas who sued Mr Clin­ton for sex­ual ha­rass­ment, and Juanita Broad­drick, also of Arkansas, who claims that Mr Clin­ton raped her in 1978.

But Mr Trump needs a dra­matic boost if he is to claw back ground against Ms Clin­ton, who has surged in the polls since their first de­bate on Septem­ber 26. –

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