Trump accuses Clinton of ‘criminal enterprise in rigged’ polls

  • PTI, Washington
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2016 23:36 IST
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the KI Convention Center on October 17, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (AFP)

White House hopeful Donald Trump has accused Hillary Clinton of running a “criminal enterprise” to turn the US government into a vehicle for her personal profit and creating conditions for a “rigged” election that also has media support to “poison” voters’ minds.

In the wake of thousands of emails released by WikiLeaks on the 68-year-old Democratic presidential nominee Clinton and her team, the 70-year-old Republican nominee told his supporters in Wisconsin that the national media is an “extension” of her campaign.

“Remember, we are competing in a rigged election – the media is trying to rig the election by giving credence to false stories that have no validity and making it front page news, only to poison the minds of the American voters.

“The media is an extension of the Clinton Campaign, as WikiLeaks proved – Hillary even got the questions and answers in advance of a major debate,” he said.

Trump claimed that the magnitude of WikiLeaks are worse than that of Watergate. “And we’re going to put an end to it on November 8th (the date of the polls),” he said.

“Clinton cronies have sacrificed your security, your family’s safety, and your country’s safety as though it meant nothing at all,” he said.

A series of emails shows top officials in the Clinton campaign scheming to take massive sums of money from foreign lobbyists, he added.

“One of the emails from a top Hillary official said, quote, “take the money!!” with two exclamation points. This is money bundled by people registered as lobbyists on behalf of foreign governments.

Calling Clinton as the “most corrupt person ever” to run for President, Trump said the newly-released FBI documents show just how deep the corruption goes.

“We are witnessing a criminal enterprise that has turned our government into a vehicle for Clinton’s personal profit at your expense. But it gets even worse. The FBI documents show that Under-Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy made the request for altering classification as part of a “quid pro quo”. This is felony corruption. Under-Secretary Kennedy needs to resign,” he demanded.

He said a new report from the Center for Public Integrity shows that 96 per cent of the so-called journalists and reporters who donated this cycle gave their money to Clinton. “They even want to try and rig the election at the polling booths, where so many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is all too common”.

Quoting a Pew Research report, Trump said approximately 24 million — one of every eight—voter registrations in the US are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate. More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters and approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state, he said referring to the report.

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