Clin­ton and Trump at­tack each other in sec­ond de­bate

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Mark Z. Barabak re­ported from San Fran­cisco, Evan Halper from Wash­ing­ton and Michael A. Me­moli from St. Louis. As­so­ci­ated Press con­trib­uted. mark.barabak@la­times.com

be­lieves Trump is un­fit to be pres­i­dent.

“If this were just about one video, maybe what he is say­ing tonight would be un­der­stand­able,” Clin­ton said. “But every­one can draw own con­clu­sions at this point. He never apol­o­gizes to any­one for any­thing.”

She ac­cused Trump of at­tack­ing Lati­nos, African-Amer­i­cans, women and vet­er­ans, point­ing to the nu­mer­ous con­tro­ver­sies Trump cre­ated for his cam­paign. She said he should be ashamed of him­self for the lead role he played in the move­ment at­tempt­ing to dele­git­imize Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s cit­i­zen­ship.

Trump re­sponded by re­peat­ing the widely de­bunked claim that it was Clin­ton her­self who launched the so-called birther move­ment.

When the topic of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s email trou­bles arose, Trump made the as­ton­ish­ing and un­prece­dented move of warn­ing the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee that he would use the pow­ers of the pres­i­dency to try to put her in jail.

“The thing you should be apol­o­giz­ing for are the 30,000 emails you acid washed,” Trump said, re­fer­ring to free soft­ware Clin­ton’s techs used called BleachBit. “I am go­ing to get a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to look into your sit­u­a­tion.”

Clin­ton re­sponded to the at­tacks on the emails just as she re­sponded to Trump’s dredging up the ac­cusers of her and her hus­band from the 1990s and ear­lier.

She urged vot­ers to seek out factcheck­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions — most of which have gen­er­ally found Trump’s claims to be not cred­i­ble — and in­sisted she would take a high road.

“Ev­ery­thing he just said is ab­so­lutely false and I am not sur­prised,” she said. “It is just aw­fully good that some­one with the tem­per­a­ment of Don­ald Trump is not in charge of the law in our coun­try.”

Trump im­me­di­ately re­torted: “Be­cause you’d be in jail.”

With more than two dozen Repub­li­can law­mak­ers and other party lead­ers re­scind­ing their sup­port since the video sur­faced Fri­day — and the odds against him win­ning the White House grow­ing steeper — Trump faced a political cri­sis un­like any can­di­date has faced in modern times.

Prior to the de­bate, Trump ap­peared un­bowed, mock­ing the de­fec­tors on Twit­ter

“So many self-right­eous hyp­ocrites,” he wrote, re­fer­ring to the Repub­li­can lead­ers and elected of­fi­cials who with­drew their sup­port.

In a sur­prise sprung 90 min­utes be­fore he faced his ri­val on stage, Trump ap­peared near the de­bate site along­side the women who have ac­cused Bill Clin­ton of sex­ual Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton await the start of their de­bate in St. Louis. They did not shake hands un­til the de­bate was over. . Clin­ton and Trump were sched­uled for their third and fi­nal de­bate Oct. 19 in Las Vegas. Elec­tion Day is Nov. 8. mis­con­duct over the years. They ex­pressed their sup­port for Trump and con­demned the for­mer pres­i­dent and his wife.

Clin­ton faced her own dif­fi­cult set of ques­tions.

A trove of in­ter­nal cam­paign emails posted Fri­day by Wik­iLeaks re­vealed de­tails of the lu­cra­tive speeches Clin­ton de­liv­ered be­hind closed doors af­ter she left the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

In the excerpts, Clin­ton said she dreamed of “open trade and open bor­ders” be­tween the U.S. and its hemi­spheric neigh­bors, and spoke of the need to main­tain “both a pub­lic and a pri­vate po­si­tion” on po­lit­i­cally dif­fi­cult is­sues.

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