AFP EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AFP-Jiji) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton launched bitter attacks on each other’s character Tuesday as a new poll suggested the White House race has tightened in the final week.
Trump stormed into Democratic territory in Wisconsin to try to use suspicion generated by an FBI probe into Clinton’s emails to open an unlikely path to victory on Nov. 8.
But, with political tension spilling over into financial markets, 69-year-old Clinton was determined not to lose her advantage, firing up Florida crowds with attacks on Trump’s attitude to women.
Polling forecasts suggest the 70-year-old Republican property mogul faces a battle to win enough states to secure an electoral college victory over his Democratic rival.
But he received a boost Tuesday when an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll showed him leading Clinton by 46 to 45 percent.
He boasted about the new numbers as he addressed a raucous crowd — chanting “Lock her up!” and “Drain the swamp!” — in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, before turning the knife.
“The Clinton’s are the sordid past and we will be the bright and clean future,” he announced, to rapturous roars.
But if Clinton was rattled by the poll — or by the renewed interest in her email server — she did not show it at a barnstorming rally in the swing state of Florida.
Clinton was introduced by Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe whom Trump, then the owner of the pageant, publicly humiliated by mocking her post-victory weight gain.
“Can we just stop for a minute and reflect on the absurdity of Donald Trump finding fault with Miss Universe?” Clinton snorted.
Trump’s doctor says he is more than overweight at 107 kilograms.
“What about our girls? What happens to their confidence, their sense of self-worth?” she demanded, warning against a president “who insults more than half the population.”
And she pivoted to the notorious tape where Trump is overheard on a hot mic bragging about being able to grope women and get away with because he is a star.