Trump chal­lenges Clin­ton to drug test, says vote ‘rigged’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump 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 he ac­cused “cor­rupt” me­dia of seek­ing to rig Novem­ber’s vote in Ms Clin­ton’s favour, by re­port­ing snow­balling claims of sex­ual mis­con­duct that have thrown his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign into chaos.

Mr 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 sup­port­ers.

His cam­paign has ac­tively fu­elled right-wing con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Ms 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 a bizarre new at­tack, lev­elled with­out proof, he sug­gested she had taken drugs dur­ing their last de­bate, and called for her to be tested ahead of their fi­nal duel on Oc­to­ber 19 in Las Ve­gas.

His broad­side against Ms Clin­ton marked yet an­other es­ca­la­tion of his scorched-earth elec­toral strat­egy head­ing into the fi­nal weeks of a race that has de­fied all po­lit­i­cal norms.

As the Man­hat­tan bil­lion­aire tanks in the polls – aban­doned by part of his own camp – he has spent the week claim­ing the me­dia and a “global elite” are work­ing against him, al­leg­ing that Ms Clin­ton plot­ted to de­stroy the sovereignty of the US.

“Hil­lary is run­ning for pres­i­dent in what looks like a rigged elec­tion,” the 70-year-old told a rally in Portsmouth, New Hamp­shire.

“The elec­tion is be­ing rigged by cor­rupt me­dia push­ing com­pletely false al­le­ga­tions and out­right lies in an ef­fort to elect her pres­i­dent.”

Ten women have come for­ward to say they were the vic­tim of un­wanted ad­vances by the bil­lion­aire.

Mr 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.

Mr Trump staunchly de­nies the women’s 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!”

Ms Clin­ton’s camp is­sued a swift re­sponse to Mr Trump’s lat­est com­ments, 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. –

Photo: AFP

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump (cen­tre) ap­pears at the Repub­li­can Hindu Coali­tion’s Hu­man­ity United Against Ter­ror Char­ity event in Edi­son, New Jersey, on Oc­to­ber 15.

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