Trump bashes Clinton as she extends campaign lead
WHITE House hopeful Donald Trump branded Hillary Clinton’s operations a “criminal enterprise” as he assailed her for creating conditions for a rigged election, and accused US media of wanting to “poison” voters’ minds.
Trailing in national polls and in key battleground states just three weeks before Election Day on November 8, Mr Trump came out swinging on the campaign trail, accusing Ms Clinton of colluding with authorities to cover up misconduct regarding her private email system and denouncing it as “one of the great miscarriages of justice” in US history.
Mr Trump, whose campaign has been reeling in the face of lewd comments about women and accusations of sexual assault, has doubled down on claims of massive voter fraud in 2016, despite denials from within his own party.
The Republican nominee takes the stage tomorrow with his Democratic rival in their final debate before voters make their choice.
Mr Trump unleashed a litany of complaints recently about the nation’s election system, and also blamed the media for his woes, raising concerns about possible unrest should he lose.
He let loose again at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on October 17.
“Voter fraud is very, very common,” he told a fired-up crowd, who at various times broke into chants of “Lock her up!” as well as “Tell the truth!” and “CNN sucks!”
Mr Trump also accused Ms Clinton of colluding with US authorities by seeking to pressure the FBI to alter its findings in a probe of Ms Clinton’s use of private servers while she was secretary of state.
FBI documents released on October 17 showed a senior State Department official, undersecretary of state Patrick Kennedy, asking the FBI to declassify or lower the classification of one Ms Clinton email that had been rated “secret”.
“We’re witnessing a criminal enterprise” at work, Mr Trump said.
Ms Clinton leads Mr Trump by 12 points, 50 percent to 38pc, among likely voters in a four-way contest with third-party candidates, a Monmouth University poll showed.
Meanwhile, a survey from Quinnipiac University had Ms Clinton leading in several key swing states – Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania – and tied with Mr Trump in Ohio.
A CNN poll puts Mr Trump ahead by four points in Ohio, but gives Ms Clinton a slight lead in battlegrounds North Carolina and Nevada.
The polls indicate that the allegations swirling around Mr Trump have taken their toll. Six in 10 voters believe he made unwanted sexual advances towards women – claims he vehemently denies.
Ms Clinton was lying low yesterday, prepping for the final debate.
“She is trying to avoid issues for the next 22 days in the hopes that this will just end up being about Mr Trump,” his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN outside of Trump Tower in New York. – DESPITE a flurry of sexual assault accusations against Donald Trump and recordings of him boasting that he uses his fame to grope and kiss women, Melania Trump shrugged off her husband’s “boy talk” in an interview with CNN.
Just as her billionaire husband has, the Slovenian-born ex-model slammed the media for unfair treatment of the Republican White House nominee who has recently lost ground in the polls to his Democratic rival.
She turned the blame on the host of the show that aired the tape of Mr Trump boasting that as a star he can grab women “by the pussy”.
“I said to my husband that, you know, the language is inappropriate. It’s not acceptable,” Ms Trump said in the sit-down interview. “And I was surprised because that is not the man that I know.
“I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on because they were kind of boy talk and he was led on, like, egged on from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”
She said that she had never heard her husband use such vulgarity.
“I don’t know that person that would talk that way and that he would say that kind of stuff,” she said, before writing if off as “boy talk”.
Mr Trump’s wife seemed to echo some of his claim that there is a conspiracy out to derail his campaign.
“I was not surprised that the tape came out,” she said. “Why after so many years? Why three weeks before the election?”
“It was the media. It was NBC. It was Access Hollywood.”
Melania Trump said the “left-wing media” was “bashing him because they want to influence the American people how to vote. And they’re influencing in the wrong way.” –
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a child from the crowd during a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on October 17.