Trump at­tacks, Clin­ton lies low

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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.

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