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