US Election: Trump calls Clinton ‘the devil’, claims November vote could be rigged

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has claimed that there is a possibility of the election being “rigged” as he tried to divert attention away from a disastrous week for his campaign by also labelling his rival Hillary Clinton as “the devil” in the face of continuing fire from his own party.

Speaking at a rally in a high school gym in Pennsylvania, Mr Trump also attacked Bernie Sanders for capitulating to Mrs Clinton in the Democratic race.

“He made a deal with the devil,” the tycoon said. “She’s the devil,” he added in reference to Mrs Clinton.
Earlier at a campaign town hall in Columbus, Ohio, Trump said he feared that the election would be “rigged,” in an unprecedented statement for a major party nominee in modern history.

“I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” he told the crowd. His comments come amid growing criticism from a range of figures and organizations from across the political spectrum from John McCain to Barack Obama to the Veterans of Foreign Wars who have all slammed him.

In response to an emotional attack on him by the parents of 27-year-old army captain Humayun Khan, who died in a suicide bombing, Trump had claimed to have made sacrifices equal to their son.

Former Republican candidate John McCain became the latest senior Republican to criticise Mr Trump for his attack on the parents of US Army Capt Humayun Khan, who was killed by a car bomb in 2004 in Iraq, at the age of 27. Senator McCain, a veteran of the Vietnam War, said in a strongly worded statement that Mr Trump did not have “unfettered licence to defame the best among us”.

The soldier’s parents, Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala, told the BBC it was time to stand up to Mr Trump but he accused them of “viciously” attacking him. Mr Trump had caused controversy by suggesting Ghazala Khan had been prevented from speaking alongside her husband at the Democratic convention last week. President Barack Obama made an implicit dig at Mr Trump, saying: “No-one has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families” while South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Mr Trump’s former primary opponent, said: “’Unacceptable doesn’t even begin to describe it.” Trump was also condemned by top Republican figure and House Speaker Paul Ryan who said any criticism of Muslim Americans who serve their country was unwarranted.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush called Trump’s remarks “incredibly disrespectful”. And the Veterans of Foreign Wars President Brian Duffy Landscape Study found that 0.9% of US adults identify themselves as Muslims.

A 2011 survey of Muslim Americans, estimated that there were 1.8 million Muslim adults (and 2.75 million Muslims of all ages) in the country. That survey also found that a majority of US Muslims (63%) are immigrants. The Republican candidate had already described the decision of Mr Sanders to back Mrs Clinton at the convention as a “deal with the devil”.

However, his remarks last evening in the gym in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, were the first time he went so far as to specifically equate Mrs Clinton with the devil.

 

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