With the campaign dwindling to its final days, Donald Trump savaged Hillary Clinton as an indictment-in-waiting during Thursday rallies in two battleground states.
The GOP White House hopeful even invoked the infidelities of Clinton’s husband, Bill, as he turned up the rhetorical heat at appearances in Florida and then North Carolina.
“Here we go again with the Clintons,” Trump said to raucous cheers and chants of “Lock her up!” at a Jacksonville, Fla., rally. “You remember the impeachment and the problems. She’s likely to be under investigation for many years.
“This is not what we need in this country, folks. … If she were to win, it would create an unprecedented constitutional crisis.”
Hours later in Concord, N.C., where Clinton holds a slight lead, Trump was again on the attack as Election Day loomed just five days down the road.
“I have a winning temperament,” Trump proclaimed. “Hillary is an unstable person. The best thing I have is my temperament. We know how to win.”
Trump, whose critics frequently question his capacity to lead the nation, also staked his temperament claim during the Jacksonville address.
Over the course of the campaign, Trump has denounced fellow Republican Ted Cruz as a “true lowlife pol,” ripped longtime nemesis Rosie O’Donnell and defended himself against sexism charges after a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape of his crude remarks was made public.
The GOP nominee repeatedly invoked the ongoing Clinton email scandal Thursday and denounced his opponent as “Crooked Hillary.”
Both Florida and North Carolina remain up for grabs, and a Trump triumph in Tuesday’s election appears impossible unless he can carry both states.
At an evening rally in the Tar Heel State, Trump stayed mostly on script during a defense-themed speech, before riffing that he couldn’t picture Clinton as commander-in-chief.
Trump saluted about a dozen veterans he paraded on stage with him and asked if the crowd could imagine Clinton, “being their boss?” Trump answered himself, saying: “I don’t think so.”
With News Wire Services.
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