Trump and Clin­ton on the at­tack as race nar­rows

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton launched bit­ter at­tacks on each other’s char­ac­ter as a new poll sug­gested the White House race has tight­ened in the fi­nal week.

Mr Trump stormed into Demo­cratic ter­ri­tory in Wis­con­sin to try to use sus­pi­cion gen­er­ated by an FBI probe into Ms Clin­ton’s emails to open an un­likely path to vic­tory on Novem­ber 8.

But with po­lit­i­cal ten­sion spilling over into fi­nan­cial mar­kets, 69-yearold Ms Clin­ton was de­ter­mined not to lose her ad­van­tage, fir­ing up Florida crowds with at­tacks on Mr Trump’s at­ti­tude to­ward women.

Polling fore­casts sug­gest the 70-year-old Repub­li­can prop­erty mogul faces a bat­tle to win enough states to se­cure an elec­toral col­lege vic­tory over his Demo­cratic ri­val.

But he re­ceived a boost when an ABC News/Wash­ing­ton Post track­ing poll showed him lead­ing Ms Clin­ton by 46 to 45 per­cent.

He boasted about the new num­bers as he ad­dressed a rau­cous crowd – chant­ing “Lock her up!” and “Drain the swamp!” – in Eau Claire, Wis­con­sin, be­fore turn­ing the knife.

“The Clin­tons are the sor­did past and we will be the bright and clean fu­ture,” Mr Trump an­nounced, to rap­tur­ous roars.

But if Ms Clin­ton was rat­tled by the poll – or by the re­newed in­ter­est in her email server – she did not show it at a barn­storm­ing rally in the swing state of Florida.

Ms Clin­ton was in­tro­duced by Ali­cia Machado, a for­mer Miss Uni­verse whom Mr Trump, then the owner of the pageant, pub­licly hu­mil­i­ated by mock­ing her post-vic­tory weight gain.

“Can we just stop for a minute and re­flect on the ab­sur­dity of Don­ald Trump find­ing fault with Miss Uni­verse?” Ms Clin­ton said.

And she piv­oted to the no­to­ri­ous tape where Mr Trump is over­heard on a hot mic brag­ging about be­ing able to grope women and get away with it be­cause he is a star.

The close poll spooked the mar­kets, which had ex­pected for­mer sec­re­tary of state Ms Clin­ton to com­fort­ably de­feat a pop­ulist who econ­o­mists fear could plunge the world into re­ces­sion.

US stocks closed down 0.7pc and the Vix Volatil­ity or “fear in­dex” jumped to its high­est level since Bri­tain voted to leave the Euro­pean Union in June.

The New York Times sta­tis­ti­cal model gives Ms Clin­ton an 88pc chance of win­ning, while re­spected data track­ing web­site FiveThir­tyEight says she has a 74pc chance of vic­tory next week.

On Oc­to­ber 31, Mr Trump was hit by fresh al­le­ga­tions in a de­tailed re­port by The New York Times that he not only dodged pay­ing in­come tax but did so in a way that has since been out­lawed.

Ms Clin­ton’s cam­paign has spent three days be­rat­ing FBI direc­tor James Comey for re­veal­ing to law­mak­ers that the bureau is look­ing anew at her use of a pri­vate email server while at the State Depart­ment. –

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