Clinton draws record crowd as Trump flounders
AN invigorated Hillary Clinton commanded a record crowd of more than 10,000 supporters, leaving Donald Trump floundering as America’s top elected Republican all but conceded the White House.
The former secretary of state looking to make history as America’s first woman commander-in-chief held an evening rally at Ohio State University on October 10, ahead of the state’s deadline to register to vote yesterday.
The turnout marked a record for her campaign, with Mr Trump teetering on the precipice after damaging revelations of his lewd comments about women.
The Democrat tried repeatedly to get under her Republican opponent’s skin, mocking his television career.
“On the day that I was in the Situation Room watching the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting ‘Celebrity Apprentice’,” she said, a day after the two candidates held their second presidential debate watched by an estimated 66.5 million people.
“So if you want to talk about we’ve been doing the last 30 years: Bring it on,” added Ms Clinton.
The Democrat, who has struggled to energise young voters, focused her speech on youth turnout, repeatedly stressing the stakes of the November 8 election.
“This is turning the clock back not just a few years but centuries. The only way to rebuke this is to vote,” she repeated.
Her rival’s candidacy suffered a crippling blow after the 2005 tape was released on October 7 in which he claimed he could grab women by the crotch with impunity because, as a celebrity, “you can do anything”.
The fallout saw a wave of Republican lawmakers abandon him, including some who have urged him to step aside for running mate Mike Pence.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted after the video was released but before the debate, showed Ms Clinton with an 11-point lead in a four-way election – 46 percent to 35pc – and a 14-point lead in a head-to-head match-up.
“I may be limping across that finish line, but we’re going to get across,” said Mr Trump at a rally in Wilkes-Barre in the crunch state of Pennsylvania.
He promised six campaign stops a day in the final week before the election, insisting there was still a path to victory and urging his core supporters to come out and vote on November 8.
“Without the media, Hillary Clinton couldn’t be elected dog catcher,” said Mr Trump at at stop in WilkesBarre, calling US television network CNN “a disgrace”.
Faced with the tape scandal, House Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republican lawmakers that he could no longer “defend” Trump, and that the priority now was maintaining the party’s control of Congress.
“You all need to do what’s best for you in your district,” he said, effectively giving cover to lawmakers considering severing ties with the controversial GOP flagbearer. –