PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Donald Trump said Saturday that he and Hillary Clinton should be required to take drug tests before the third presidential debate, insinuating that something “is going on with her.”
“Athletes, they make them take a drug test. I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate. I do. I think we should, why don’t we do that? 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 she was like, ‘Oh, take me down.’ ”
“And she could barely even reach her car,” he said at the end, appearing to reference Clinton’s health scare last month, in which she collapsed as she was escorted into her vehicle.
Trump claimed overwhelming victories after the first two debates despite polling suggesting otherwise. The third presidential debate is scheduled to take place next Wednesday in Las Vegas.
On the stump, Trump regularly questions Clinton’s health and stamina and has suggested that Clinton does not have the energy needed to be president.
Clinton developed pneumonia last month and was seen stumbling at an event commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Trump initially avoided commenting on the episode, but as his poll numbers have dropped, he has regularly mocked Clinton for falling.
Trump also, briefly, criticized the women who have accused him of sexual assault and harassment.
“It’s a crazy world we’re living in. But that’s what I mean. Because they’re taking these unsubstantiated (allegations), no witnesses, putting them on the front pages of newspapers,” he said.
During the event, Trump also referred to his GOP primary opponents, bragging about defeating them and mockingly contrasting their collective political experience to his own lack of experience before this election. Trump criticized the media for writing off his candidacy early on in his campaign.
“Don’t forget. I wasn’t supposed to win. I was a businessman with no experience, but I was always very political,” Trump said. “The geniuses back there – Charles Krauthammer, there’s a real winner, Charles Krauthammer says, ‘Donald Trump has no experience and he has no chance.’ ”
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