White House race ‘rigged’ for Clin­ton, says Trump

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PORTSMOUTH — Don­ald Trump on Satur­day charged that “cor­rupt” me­dia were seek­ing to rig Novem­ber’s elec­tion in favour of his Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton — who he sug­gested was “pumped up” on drugs at their last de­bate.

His White House cam­paign in chaos over snow­balling ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault, Trump has cast him­self as the vic­tim of a “smear cam­paign,” fur­ther es­ca­lat­ing his at­tacks in a scorched-earth strat­egy head­ing into the fi­nal weeks of the race.

“Hil­lary is run­ning for pres­i­dent in what looks like a rigged elec­tion,” the 70-year-old told a fired-up rally in Portsmouth, New Hamp­shire.

“The elec­tion is be­ing rigged by cor­rupt me­dia push­ing com­pletely false al­le­ga­tions and out­right lies in an ef­fort to elect her pres­i­dent.”

Trump tweeted out a sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tion ear­lier on Satur­day to his 12 mil­lion fol­low­ers, charg­ing: “Hil­lary Clin­ton should have been pros­e­cuted and should be in jail. In­stead she is run­ning for pres­i­dent in what looks like a rigged elec­tion.”

In a bizarre new at­tack on the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, he sug­gested she had taken per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs dur­ing their last de­bate.

He called for her to be screened ahead of their fi­nal tele­vised duel in Las Ve­gas on Wed­nes­day.

“I don’t know what is go­ing on with her. At the be­gin­ning of her last de­bate, she was all pumped up at the be­gin­ning. At the end, it was like, take me down, she could barely reach her car.

“Ath­letes . . . they make them take a drug test. I think we should take a drug test prior to the de­bate. Why don’t we do that?” —

As the Man­hat­tan bil­lion­aire tanks in the polls, he has spent the last week claim­ing the me­dia and a “global elite” is work­ing against him and that Clin­ton had plot­ted to de­stroy the sovereignty of the United States.

“Ei­ther we win this elec­tion or we lose this coun­try,” he told sup­port­ers in New Hamp­shire.

“I re­ally be­lieve this is the last chance we have to win. I re­ally be­lieve it. Not go­ing to hap­pen again.”

The Clin­ton camp is­sued an im­me­di­ate re­sponse, ac­cus­ing Trump of seek­ing to erode pub­lic faith in the Novem­ber 8 vote.

“Cam­paigns should be hard-fought and elec­tions hard-won, but what is fun­da­men­tal about the Amer­i­can elec­toral sys­tem is that it is free, fair and open to the peo­ple,” her cam­paign man­ager Robby Mook said.

“This elec­tion will have record turnout, be­cause vot­ers see through Don­ald Trump’s shame­ful at­tempts to un­der­mine an elec­tion weeks be­fore it hap­pens.”

The vir­u­lence of Trump’s at­tacks on the Clin­ton camp have raised con­cerns about whether the real es­tate mogul would even ac­knowl­edge a de­feat and how his le­gions of fired-up sup­port­ers would re­act should he lose.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama echoed those con­cerns at a cam­paign rally on Fri­day.

“This is some­body who . . . is now sug­gest­ing that if the elec­tion doesn’t go his way, it’s not be­cause of all the stuff he’s said, but it’s be­cause it’s rigged and it’s a fraud,” Obama said.

“You don’t start com­plain­ing about the refs be­fore the game’s even done. You just play the game, right?” — AFP

Some of the 21 Chi­bok girls who have been freed by Boko Haram. The girls met with Nige­rian Vice Pres­i­dent, Yemi Os­in­bajo on Thurs­day. AFP

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