Clin­ton draws record crowd as Trump floun­ders

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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