Trump attacks, Clinton lies low
DONALD Trump has fired off an erratic new broadside at Hillary Clinton, making more explosive claims that American media and a conspiracy to commit voter fraud are rigging the presidential election against him.
Amid the latest Twitter blasts from the Republican White House nominee, his running mate Mike Pence sought to lower tensions by insisting his camp would accept defeat if that’s what voters decide on November 8.
Two polls out on October 16 – and carried out in time to gauge voter reaction to the slew of sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Trump that emerged last week – put Ms Clinton ahead.
But they did so by vastly different numbers: An ABC News/Washington Post survey had Mr Clinton four points ahead while an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll put her margin at 11 points.
Mr Trump, in a long stream of tweets, said repeatedly that US media are rigging the election by hammering away at what he calls fabricated accounts of him making unwanted sexual advances on women.
Mr Trump has denied those allegations, which burst into the race last week in a steady, damaging stream.
“Polls close, but can you believe I lost large numbers of women voters based on made up events THAT NEVER HAPPENED. Media rigging election!” Mr Trump wrote.
In another tweet, he suggested – without offering evidence – that voter fraud will be a problem.
“The election is being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places –SAD,” he said.
Top Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani told CNN that Democratic districts are known for counting the votes of dead people.
“You want me to [say] that I think the election in Philadelphia and Chicago is going to be fair? I would have to be a moron to say that,” he said.
Mr Trump has been insisting for months that the election is rigged – and has repeated the charge like a mantra since Ms Clinton started to pull away in the polls.
Mr Trump’s assertions have been criticised as dangerous as it seems to raise the prospect of his supporters lashing out if he loses.
After the first debate Mr Trump said he would respect the election result. But he backtracked in an interview with The New York Times last month, saying, “We’re going to see what happens.”
The nation’s top elected Republican, House Speaker Paul Ryan, has declared that he would no longer “defend” the party’s nominee, and rebuked Mr Trump over his comments.
Mr Trump lashed out at Mr Ryan, saying, “The Democrats have a corrupt political machine pushing crooked Hillary Clinton. We have Paul Ryan, always fighting the Republican nominee!”
As Mr Trump and Ms Clinton prepare for their third and last debate tomorrow, Ms Clinton is lying low, with the apparent strategy of letting Mr Trump self-destruct. –
Lawyer Gloria Allred (left) holds up copies of text messages during a news conference in Los Angeles on October 16 with social worker Ann Russo, a friend of Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the TV show “The Apprentice” who has alleged she was a victim of sexual misconduct by Donald Trump.