Trump bashes Clin­ton as she ex­tends cam­paign lead

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.” –

Photo: AFP

Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump holds a child from the crowd dur­ing a cam­paign rally in Green Bay, Wis­con­sin, on Oc­to­ber 17.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.