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Trump Implies Clinton May Be Taking Performance-Enhancing Drugs

By Keri Blakinger 10/17/16

After being accused of using cocaine by Democrats, Trump is firing back by throwing drug use accusations at his opponent.

Trump Implies Clinton May Be Taking Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Donald Trump—the sniffling, stage-roaming GOP nominee—ratcheted up his attacks on Hillary Clinton’s health this weekend, even implying that she could be taking performance-enhancing drugs. 

"Athletes, they make them take a drug test, right. I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate," Trump said Saturday during a New Hampshire campaign rally.

"Why don't we do that? We should take a drug test, prior, because I don't know what's going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, 'Oh, take me down,'" he said, bobbing around in imitation of the former Secretary of State. "She could barely reach her car.”

The blustering billionaire has consistently put Clinton’s health in the crosshairs, loudly proclaiming that she doesn’t have the stamina to be president.

"She doesn't have the look. She doesn't have the stamina. I said she doesn't have the stamina, and I don't believe she does have the stamina," he said last month in the first presidential debate.

Even as Trump lobs bizarre claims at his Democratic opponent, he’s still confounding debate viewers with his recurring on-stage sniffles—which tipped off rampant Twitter speculation and Internet rumor-spreading after the last two oratory face-offs. 

After the first debate, former presidential candidate Howard Dean fired off a snarky tweet about the Republican nominee’s nose problems. “Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?” he wrote.

The following day, though, Dean took to MSNBC to dial back his bizarre claim. “Do I think he has a cocaine habit? I think it's unlikely that you could mount a presidential campaign at 70 years old with a cocaine habit," he said.

Eventually, he apologized. But after the second sniffle-filled debate, actress Carrie Fisher took to Twitter to make a similar joke in response to a fan’s question. She, too, later walked back her coke claims in an interview. 

Noting the candidate’s love of shock value, the Star Wars star pointed out that Trump probably wouldn’t be able to keep it to himself if he were in love with the white stuff. “If he did coke, he would want you to know,” she told Vulture

The strange, drug-related drama comes on the heels of a rough few weeks for the Trump camp. After old footage emerged of Trump making obscene off-air boasts into a hot mic on a 2005 Access Hollywood appearance, multiple women have come forward accusing Trump of grabbing and groping them. 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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