Trump sticks to ‘rigged’ theme
Republican nominee bemoans loss of female voters from ‘made up events’
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.