NEW YORK, Oct 16 (Reuters/AP): US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has implied his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton might have been on drugs during their last debate and said they should be both tested before the next one.
He told an outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday that he and Clinton were "like athletes" gearing up for the final presidential debate on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
"I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate," Trump said. "In the beginning of her last debate she was all pumped up at the beginning and at the end she was like uh, take me down."
Trump challenged accusations from several women that he made unwanted sexual advances toward them. Trump spokesperson Jason Miller denied a new allegation that surfaced on Saturday, saying there was "no way" Trump had kissed a woman without permission 20 years ago at his Florida resort.
He also claimed claim that the US election is rigged against him.
Trump told the New Hampshire rally that the media was sharing the accusations against him to boost Clinton and damage his own White House hopes.
Trump has presented no evidence for claims he has made for months that the election could be fixed to prevent him from reaching the Oval Office. Leaders on both sides of the political spectrum worry that this rhetoric, which supporters sometimes repeat in interviews, undermines the democratic process.
"It looks to me like a rigged election," Trump said in New Hampshire. "The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing completely false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect her president."
He started the day tweeting several times that the election was being swayed by a media conspiracy.
Another report adds: A beleaguered Donald Trump sought to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. presidential election on Saturday, pressing unsubstantiated claims the contest is rigged against him, vowing anew to jail Hillary Clinton if he's elected and throwing in a baseless insinuation his rival was on drugs in the last debate.
Not even the country's more than two centuries of peaceful transitions of political leadership were sacrosanct as Trump accused the media and the Clinton campaign of conspiring against him to undermine a free and fair election.
"The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing completely false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect her president," he said, referring to the several women who have come forward in recent days to say that Trump had groped or sexually assaulted them. He has denied the claims, calling the women liars.
Earlier Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to warn that "100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!"
"Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail," he added. "Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election."
In a country with a history of peaceful political transition, his challenge to the election's legitimacy - as a way to explain a loss in November, should that happen - was a striking rupture of faith in American democracy. Trump has repeatedly claimed without offering evidence that election fraud is a serious problem and encouraged his largely white supporters to "go and watch" polling places in certain areas to make sure things are "on the up and up."