Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump is revisiting his complaints about a “rigged” election and that both he and Hillary Clinton should take a drug test before the next debate.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8:31 PM
Donald Trump — the would-be whiner-in-chief — unleashed a bizarre accusation on Saturday, saying Hillary Clinton was “pumped up” during their last presidential debate and that both candidates should take drug tests before their next showdown.
And, in a familiar refrain, the Republican nominee claimed the election was rigged against him, as the number of women accusing him of sexual assault inched toward Bill Cosby territory.
“I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate,” Trump said during a rally in Portsmouth, N.H. “We should take a drug test prior, because I don’t know what’s going on with her. But at the beginning of her last debate — she was all pumped up at the beginning and at the end it was like, ‘Oh, take me down.’ She could barely reach her car.”
The next and final presidential debate is on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Flailing Trump’s suggestion that Clinton had taken performance-enhancing drugs came during a speech in which Trump decried the opioid addiction ravaging communities in New Hampshire.
Drug use was only one smear Trump deployed against Clinton as he trails her in the polls by as much as 11% nationally.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the second presidential debate.
The desperate billionaire also alleged that the Clinton campaign orchestrated the growing number of women coming forward to accuse Trump of sexual harassment or abuse.
On Saturday a 10th woman, Cathy Heller, told The Guardian that around 20 years ago Trump made a move on her during a Mother’s Day Brunch at Mar-a-Lago.
“He took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips,” she told the newspaper.
He scoffed when she twisted to avoid his kiss.
“He said, ‘Oh, come on.’ He was strong. And he grabbed me and went for my mouth and went for my lips,” she said.
The New York Daily News front page Oct. 16, 2016: “OFF HIS MEDS!”
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Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said Heller’s account was “a false accusation” and that the encounter could not have taken place as it was described in public on Mother’s Day.
That defense echoed Trump’s defense against other women who accused him of similar disgusting treatment.
“100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!” he tweeted.
“This election is being rigged by the media pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary!”
He added: “Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail. Instead she is running for President in what looks like a rigged election.”
Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton was “pumped up” at the last debate.
The Clinton campaign slammed Trump for questioning the integrity of the upcoming election.
“Participation in the system — and particularly voting — should be encouraged, not dismissed or undermined because a candidate is afraid he’s going to lose,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. “This election will have record turnout, because voters see through Donald Trump’s shameful attempts to undermine an election weeks before it happens.”
Trump’s rabid response to accusations of sexual assault had Beth Ferrier, who alleged Bill Cosby drugged and doped her in the 1980s, with a familiar feeling.
“It is deja vu,” Ferrier told the Daily News.
“We had eight Trump accusers in a matter of days. Pandora’s box is open. And these women, I believe them. It’s moving fast.”
Lea DeLaria posts a photo to Twitter with cast and crew of “Orange is the New Black” in t-shirts that say “Vaginas against Trump” on Oct. 14, 2016.
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Ferrier said she had a feeling women would begin coming forward after Trump flatly denied during last week’s debate he’d groped women.
In a 2005 recording Trump boasted about his vile attitude toward women, saying he would “grab them by the p—y” and that he would “just start kissing them.”
“Watching that debate unfold, with Trump’s denial, I thought, ‘Oh boy, you just went there,’” Ferrier said.
She expects more women would come forward — a domino effect illustrated by Cosby’s accusers, who now number over 60 women.
“When you find out you’re not alone, it’s surreal. It absolutely gives you strength. It is finally feeling like we can come out of the shadows,” Ferrier said. “You realize you weren’t a person who made a horrible choice. You weren’t the person who was the bad person.”