Donald Trump Denies Assaulting Women, Threatens To Put ‘Devil’ Hillary Clinton In Prison

Hillary Clinton and Trump did not shake hands at the start of the debate. Trump said if he was in charge of laws in the US, Hillary Clinton would “be in jail” for her use of a private email account while serving as President Obama’s secretary of state.

“I didn’t think I’d say this but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it, but if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception, there has never been anything like it and we’re going to have a special prosecutor,” Trump said.

Clinton responded by inviting viewers to fact-check what Trump was saying on her campaign website.

“We have literally Trump, you can fact check him in real time. Last time, at the first debate, we had millions of people fact-checking. So I expect we’ll have millions more fact-checking because, you know, it is, it’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” she said.

“Because you would be in jail,” Trump said to Clinton.

Trump, who appeared to increase in confidence as the 90-minute debate unfolded, said Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential primary, had signed on “with the devil” when he eventually backed Clinton.

Clinton and Trump were also both asked to name something they liked about each other. Clinton said she respected Trump as a father to his children. Trump said he respected how Clinton was a “fighter” who did not give up.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump attacked leaders of his own party, accused them of being “hypocrites” for abandoning him, and predicted they would lose their own elections in November. 

One in three Republican Senators have turned against Trump and said they will not vote for him – including former presidential candidate John McCain. Most had stood by their party’s presidential candidate – despite his habit of making making misogynist, anti-Muslim and xenophobic comments – until the tape of his sexual assault remarks were broadcast.

However other leading Republicans have condemned Trump but are still supporting his bid for the White House – including the party’s two most senior figures in Congress. Senator Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Trump to “apologise directly to women and girls everywhere”. But both men have not retracted their call for Americans to vote for Trump.

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said has said “no woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.” But Priebus is also continuing to support and fund Trump’s campaign.