Trump: Clinton Is the Devil

He says the election could be 'rigged'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2016 5:22 AM CDT
Trump: Clinton Is the Devil
"He made a deal with the devil. She's the devil," Trump said.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – As of Tuesday, there are 98 days to go until the election—but perhaps not too much lower for the level of discourse to sink. Donald Trump took what the BBC calls an "unprecedented step" Monday when he came straight out and called Hillary Clinton the devil. Bernie Sanders "made a deal with the devil. She's the devil," Trump told a rally in Mechanicsburg, Pa., slamming Sanders for endorsing Clinton when he could have just stayed home and been a "hero." At an earlier rally in Ohio, he said he's "afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest."

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Trump has likened Clinton to the horned one in the past, saying Sanders had "done a deal with the devil," but this is the first time he has directly said she is Satan, NBC News notes. But he's not alone: The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey, some 18% of voters are certain that Clinton has "ties to Lucifer" and another 21% have their suspicions but aren't sure. "Against that set of findings, it's simply not very likely that many Trump voters will be moving into the Clinton column," PPP notes. The poll did, however, put her ahead of Trump 46% to 41%, and Politico reports that other polls have put Clinton as much as 9 points ahead after the Democratic convention. (Warren Buffett issued a challenge to Trump on Monday night.)

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