Sunday 26 March 2017

Trump says 'polls are phony' as young flock to Clinton

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump rallies with supporters at the Million Air Orlando airplane hangar in Sanford, Florida
Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump rallies with supporters at the Million Air Orlando airplane hangar in Sanford, Florida

Barney Henderson in New York

Donald Trump claimed yesterday that the multiple opinion polls from the "disgusting" media, which have him way behind Hillary Clinton, were "phony".

"I believe we're actually winning," the Republican nominee told a crowd in Florida, showing no signs of softening his combative rhetoric. "It's a rigged system," he said.

"The media isn't just against me. They're against all of you," he later told supporters in St Augustine. "They're against what we represent."

He claimed his campaign was "bigger than Brexit" and that his supporters' voices would be heard around the world.

His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, had appeared to contradict her candidate, admitting on Sunday that "we are behind", but nevertheless insisting the race was not over.

Mrs Clinton has at least a six-point lead in all recent polls.

Meanwhile, Mike Pence attempted to evoke Harry Truman's 1948 election win in saying that Mr Trump could yet win a race pundits have all but awarded to Mrs Clinton.

The Republican vice-presidential candidate said the media and experts wanted voters to believe the November 8 election "is all rolled up", but warned that Truman's surprise victory "was a similar deal" to 2016.

Solidly

In more bad news for Trump, a new poll shows young voters turning to Clinton. Clinton now leads among likely voters in the 18-to-30 age group by 60pc to 19pc, according to a new GenForward survey.

Young black voters already were solidly in her corner, and now young whites are moving her way, according to the survey by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research.

With Trump on the defensive, Mrs Clinton worked to slam the door on his candidacy in swing state New Hampshire while eyeing a possible Democratic majority in the Senate.

She campaigned alongside New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, who is running for the Senate, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was merciless as she seized on recent revelations of Trump's predatory sexual language.

She warned Mr Trump that "nasty women" will come out in droves to help send Mrs Clinton to the White House.

"He thinks that because he has a mouthful of Tic Tacs that he can force himself on any woman within groping distance," she said, referencing the 2005 video where he is heard being lewd and discussing sexual aggression towards women.

Trump has denied all the recent allegations, and he addressed a new one on Monday in an interview with WGIR radio in New Hampshire.

He called the accusations "total fiction" and lashed out at former porn star Jessica Drake, who said on Saturday that he had grabbed and kissed her without permission and offered her money to visit his hotel room a decade ago.

"One said: 'He grabbed me on the arm'. And she's a porn star," Trump told the audience.

"Oh, I'm sure she's never been grabbed before," he added.

With Election Day two weeks away, Trump's electoral map looks bleak.

The Republican National Committee ignored him altogether in mailers to New Hampshire voters to be distributed later this week, according to material obtained by the Associated Press.

The mail instead features a picture of Clinton and former President Bill Clinton and the words 'No More of The Lying Clintons'.

Trump's campaign manager outlined a path to 270 electoral votes on Sunday that banks on victories in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina along with New Hampshire and Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

Assuming Trump wins all of those - and he currently trails in some - he would earn the exact number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency and no more.

Noticeably absent from the list was Pennsylvania, a state a top adviser privately conceded was slipping away despite Trump's aggressive courtship of its white working-class voters.

Florida was largely the focus on Monday as in-person early voting began across 50 counties.

Democrats would take the Senate majority if they pick up four seats and Clinton wins the White House. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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