by Compiled from Wire Services
Oct 26, 2016 12:00 am
Considering the US-backed military offensive to retake Mosul from Daesh, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called the US's week-old strategy "a total disaster," saying that American leaders are "stupid."
In a tweet on Sunday, Trump, ahead of the Nov. 8 election, said the "attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb."
Trump reiterated his position during a rally on Monday in St. Augustine, Florida, where he also urged supporters to vote early and declared his campaign was winning the election. "So now we're bogged down in Mosul. The enemy is much tougher than they thought. They've had a lot of time to get ready," Trump said. "It's a horrible, horrible situation that's going on. Why did we have to tell them we're going in?" Trump suggested last week during the final 2016 presidential debate that the U.S.-backed attack on Mosul was orchestrated to help Clinton in her White House bid.
Launching the two-week scramble to the finish line of the US presidential race Monday, Trump dismissed the polls to insist he's "winning" the race. "This is bigger than Brexit, what's going on," the 70-year-old Trump told a rowdy rally in Florida, referring to Britain's shock June vote to leave the European Union.
The Democrat Clinton, 68, sought to cement her lead over her White House foe by conquering swing states including Florida, North Carolina and Ohio where early voting has already begun, as the rivals blitz crucial battlegrounds where the race will be won or lost November 8.
Trump, who faces an increasingly narrow path to victory amid damning revelations about his treatment of women, and his claim that the US election system is "rigged," continued to assure his supporters that the polls were unfairly tilted towards Clinton and that he would prevail.
We're winning, not only Florida, but we're going to win the whole thing," Trump said in St. Augustine, telling supporters: "I am your voice." Trump reiterated his unsubstantiated claims of vote rigging, and refused to back off from his incendiary threat not to accept the results of the election if he loses. He also gave a nod to the early voting system in Florida, urging his supporters to "leave here and vote!"
According to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project, which surveys the vote in battleground states, Clinton leads Trump in most of the states that Trump would need to win to have a chance of amassing the 270 Electoral College votes needed to capture the White House.
According to the survey, she had a better than 95 percent chance of winning, had the election been held last week. The mostly likely outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump. The Electoral College votes represent a tally of wins from the states.