Trump Implies Clinton Was on Drugs During Last Debate

He wants drug testing 'cause I don't know what's going on with her'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2016 4:15 PM CDT
Trump Implies Clinton Was on Drugs During Last Debate
Donald Trump listens to Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate on Oct. 9. Trump is now suggesting that Clinton was on drugs at the time.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

In what is likely another first in a US presidential election seemingly full of them, a candidate has advocated for drug testing prior to a debate. CBS News reports Donald Trump suggested Saturday that Hillary Clinton was on performance-enhancing drugs during the second debate "cause I don't know what's going on with her." He claims Clinton "was all pumped up" at the start of the debate but "could barely reach her car" afterward. Roger Stone, a "longtime Trump confidant," said something similar during an interview earlier this week. "Of course she was jacked up on something," he said. "I assume...some kind of methamphetamine."

Trump's claim, which the New York Times notes he offered no evidence to support, led him to a solution. "They make them take a drug test," Trump said comparing himself and Clinton to athletes. "I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate. I do.” Trump made the comments while in New Hampshire, addressing that state's drug problems. Slate calls them "hard to believe" and just his latest excuse for his recent poor performance, following claims that Clinton should be in jail and the election is rigged. The Clinton campaign responded with a statement saying democracy should not be "dismissed or undermined because a candidate is afraid he's going to lose." The third and final presidential debate is Wednesday. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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