Trump sticks to ‘rigged’ theme

Repub­li­can nom­i­nee be­moans loss of fe­male vot­ers from ‘made up events’

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WASHINGTON — Don­ald Trump con­tin­ued to as­sert Sun­day that he is be­ing ma­ligned as part of a con­spir­acy to un­fairly deny him the White House.

His push­back comes as polls show his sup­port among women fal­ter­ing af­ter sev­eral al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct and the dis­clo­sure of a year­sold video­tape in which the bil­lion­aire bragged about forc­ing him­self on women.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee tweeted early Sun­day that he has “lost large num­bers of women vot­ers based on made up events THAT NEVER HAP­PENED” and added, “The elec­tion is ab­so­lutely be­ing rigged by the dis­hon­est and dis­torted me­dia push­ing Crooked Hil­lary — but also at many polling places. SAD.”

In­di­ana Gov. Mike Pence del­i­cately broke with Trump on a range of top­ics Sun­day, in­clud­ing his run­ning mate’s per­sonal at­tacks against women who have ac­cused him of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

Pence said he would not have dis­par­aged the women who have ac­cused Trump, even while de­fend­ing Trump Pence against the ac­cu­sa­tions. Trump has been crit­i­cized for sug­gest­ing that he could not have sex­u­ally as­saulted sev­eral of the women be­cause they were not at­trac­tive enough. “I wouldn’t say any­thing to dis­par­age any woman who be­lieves they’ve had an ex­pe­ri­ence like this. But Don­ald Trump’s made it clear that these al­le­ga­tions are cat­e­gor­i­cally false,” Pence said Sun­day on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Other Trump­sur­ro­gates ac­cel­er­ated their rhetoric on the racially charged is­sue of elec­tion fraud, ac­cus­ing Democrats of sys­tem­atic cheat­ing in some of the largest U.S. cities.

“They leave dead peo­ple on the rolls, and then they pay peo­ple to vote those dead peo­ple four, five, six, seven, eight, nine times,” former New York Mayor Rudy Gi­u­liani said Sun­day on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He added, “Dead peo­ple gen­er­ally vote for Democrats.”

Asked whether Repub­li­cans also cheated, Gi­u­liani said that’s rarely the case. “They don’t con­trol in­ner cities the way Democrats do,” he said. Blacks and other mi­nori­ties of­ten com­prise Don­ald Trump has lost sig­nif­i­cant sup­port among women, ac­cord­ing to the new­est polling. much of the pop­u­la­tion in U.S. in­ner cities.

Vot­ing-rights ad­vo­cates — and an in­creas­ing num­ber of fed­eral judges — have said there’s no ev­i­dence that im­per­son­ation at the polling place is a wide­spread prob­lem in the U.S. When it con­cluded in July that Texas’ voter-ID law was racially dis­crim­i­na­tory, a fed­eral ap­peals court said there had been only two con­vic­tions for in-per­son voter fraud, out of 20 mil­lion votes cast, in the decade be­fore the 2011 law was passed.

Trump has re­peat­edly chal­lenged the le­git­i­macy of the elec­tion as he has fallen fur­ther be­hind Clin­ton in the polls in re­cent weeks.

A new CBS poll of 13 bat­tle­ground states shows women vot­ers fa­vor Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton by 15 points over Trump, ver­sus a 5-point edge held by the Demo­crat a month ago. That’s pow­ered Clin­ton to a 6-point over­all lead in the states sur­veyed.

The swing of women vot­ers away from Trump “even out­weighs par­ti­san­ship,” CBS said in a re­lease. Trump’s sup­port among Repub­li­can wom­en­has­fallen to 77 per­cent from 84 per­cent a month ago. A Wall Street Jour­nal/NBC News poll showed Clin­ton up by 11 points na­tion­wide in a four­way poll, with 48 per­cent sup­port to Trump’s 37 per­cent, and 9 per­cent of vot­ers fa­vor­ing third-party can­di­dates.

Pence said he and Trump will “ab­so­lutely” ac­cept the re­sult of the elec­tion. Still, on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Pence said “the sense of a rigged elec­tion” has been cre­ated by “the ob­vi­ous bias in the na­tional me­dia.”

Sev­eral of Trump’s un­founded claims — such as the one Satur­day that Clin­ton was on drugs at the most re­cent de­bate and his call for drug test­ing be­fore the next — also over­shad­owed the re­lease over the week­end of more emails hacked from ac­counts of Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta.

Some showed the cam­paign wor­ry­ing whether Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, D-Mass., might en­dorse Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders in the party’s pri­mary, and wrestling with

GOP of­fice in N.C. burned

A Repub­li­can Party of­fice in North Carolina was torched, and some­one spray-painted a slo­gan re­fer­ring to “Nazi Repub­li­cans” on a nearby wall, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day.

A bot­tle filled with flammable liq­uid was thrown through the win­dow of the Orange County Repub­li­can Party head­quar­ters, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the town of Hills­bor­ough. The sub­stance ig­nited and dam­aged the in­te­rior. No one was in­jured.

The news re­lease from au­thor­i­ties said an ad­ja­cent build­ing was spray-painted with: “Nazi Repub­li­cans leave town or else.”

The Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives is work­ing with lo­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tors. how to re­spond to rev­e­la­tions about Clin­ton’s pri­vate email use.

The emails also show aides lin­ing up ma­te­ri­als to re­spond to fresh ac­cu­sa­tions from a woman who ac­cused Bill Clin­ton of rap­ing her decades ago.

The former pres­i­dent de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion, which was never ad­ju­di­cated by a crim­i­nal court.

JOHN MINCHILLO/AP

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