Hillary, Trump up the ante in their campaign

RSTV Bureau
Raleigh :  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump comments about his hair while speaking at a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016.  Photo - PTI

FILE: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at a rally. Photo – PTI

It is raining jibes in the race to White House. Trashing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s speech as “average”, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump went a step further saying he was taking the “gloves off”. Hillary had earlier flayed the latter dubbing his campaign as “negative” and “divisive”.

Making his first public appearance a day after Clinton delivered her acceptance speech to become the presidential nominee of the Democratic party, Trump said there will be “no more Mr Nice guy” in the race to the White House.

“It’s interesting, every time I mention her, everyone screams ‘lock her up,’ and you know what? I’ve been nice but after that performance last night, I don’t have to be so nice anymore. I’m taking the gloves off,” Trump told his supporters at an election rally in Colorado.

The US general elections will be held later this year in November and the next president will be sworn in on January 20, 2017.

“You know what I’ve been saying? I’ve been saying, let’s just beat her in November. But you know what? You know what? I’m starting to agree with you,” Trump said adding, “I was curious to see whether she would do a class act and not mention my name or mention it with respect.”

“I thought she might do something like that. I thought she’d give me a big, fat, beautiful congratulations. If she did that, wouldn’t that be cool? Wouldn’t that be great?” he said in his address full of jibes against his Democratic party rival.

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FILE: Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton addressing a rally. Photo – PTI

“I was gonna hit a number of those speakers so hard their heads would spin. Theyd never recover,” the Republic Party nominee said as his supporters erupted with joy and applause.

Following his criticism, which more often contained jibes and imitation, Trump took to the social networking sites releasing a purported video of Bill Clinton in which he appears to doze off during Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech in Philadelphia on Thursday.

“Even Bill Clinton is tired of the lies, SAD!” Trump tweeted, along with link to his video on the micro-blogging phone site Instagram.

Earlier, Hillary Clinton had attacked Donald Trump launching a three-day bus tour campaign with her vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

“And if you’re looking for a kind of pessimistic, downbeat vision of America, we’re not your folks. We do not buy into that dark, divisive image that was presented at the Republican convention last week,” she had said.

“Donald Trump goes around with that hat on, ‘Make America Great Again’. Everything he makes he makes somewhere else besides America. The only thing he makes in America are bankruptcies…,” Hillary added.

Joining Clinton, vice presidential nominee Kaine alleged that a lot of companies owned by Trump are pushing more and more jobs overseas.

(With inputs from the PTI)