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US election: Trump says Clinton was on drugs during second presidential debate

Donald Trump suggested his rival Clinton and he should be tested for drugs ahead of the final presidential debate on Wednesday Photograph: (Reuters)

Portsmouth, NH, United States Oct 16, 2016, 01.06 PM (IST)

United States presidential nominee Donald Trump insinuated that his rival Hillary Clinton was on drugs during the second head-to-head debate last Sunday.

Trump called for drug-testing ahead of the final television debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, saying: "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?"

Making his latest attack on Clinton, the 70-year-old Republican nominee during a rally in New Hampshire said: "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."

These comments mark the latest in a litany of unsubstantiated personal attacks against Clinton. Days after Clinton was down with a bout of pneumonia, Trump had questioned if his rival was medically fit to be the next president of the US.

The US billionaire also felt that the election has been "rigged" by the "corrupt media" to favour his rival. He also attacked the "global elite" of trying its best to beat him.

"The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing completely false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect her president," he said. 

Trump has been under increasing pressure after ten women accused him of molesting them. "Nothing ever happened with any of these women. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Nobody has more respect for women than me!" he responded on Twitter.

Trump was also heard making derogatory comments about Arianne Zucker during a 2005 shoot. He later apologised for his sexist comments.

But the recent scandals have hardly put a dent in his support. An ABC News/Washington Post poll out Sunday shows Clinton leading Trump 47-43 percent among likely voters, which is a small change from 46-44 in a survey taken ahead of the first presidential debate.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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