Donald Trump sought to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. presidential election on Saturday, asserting unsubstantiated claims the contest is rigged against him, vowing anew to jail Hillary Clinton if he's elected and throwing in a baseless insinuation his rival was on drugs in the last debate.
Speaking to supporters at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Trump suggested Clinton has been "getting pumped up" with performance-enhancing drugs and challenged the Democratic candidate to take a drug test before their third and final debate next week.
Trump argued that Clinton was more energetic during the beginning of their debate last Sunday in St. Louis, but lost her steam by the end of the 90 minute showdown.
"I don't know what's going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate she was all pumped at the debate, and at the end it was like 'uh, take me down.' She could barely reach her car," he said, adding "I'm willing to do it."
Trump offered no evidence to support the wild, baseless claim. Nothing about Clinton's demeanor in the debate suggested she was anything but clean and sober.
His speech at the Toyota of Portsmouth, his first of two campaign events on Saturday, was intended to focus on his plan to end the opioid addiction crisis — an epidemic battling the Granite state. But he deviated from policy proposals to press his election-rigging allegations and disparaged his accusers. NBC News has not independently confirmed allegations made by nine women against Trump.
Meanwhile, the list of women alleging aggressive sexual behavior by Trump continued to grow Saturday.
Cathy Heller told The Guardian newspaper that Trump Trump tried to kiss her on the mouth when he was introduced to her at a Mother's Day brunch 20 years ago at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. The Guardian reports that two people provided accounts of the incident that matched hers.
Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller dismisses Heller's account as "a false accusation" and argued there is "no way that something like this would have happened in a public place on Mother's Day at Mr. Trump's resort."
At a rally in Bangor, Maine — a congressional district where polls indicate he has the strongest support in the state — Trump mostly steered clear of specifically attacking the nearly dozen women who have come forward this week to allege that the real estate mogul and TV personality had sexually assaulted them or made unwanted advances.
Instead, he addressed the allegations broadly, saying they were part of a massive conspiracy to derail his candidacy.
"The corrupt media is pushing false allegations and outright lies to get crooked Hillary elected," Trump said, adding "It’s a rigged system. We’re going to stop it. We’re going to stop it.”
Earlier Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to warn that "100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!"
100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2016
"Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail," he added. "Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election."
Trump's tribulations overshadowed the release Saturday of yet more emails hacked from accounts of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, laying bare aspects of the campaign's internal deliberations.
The latest batch showed the campaign worrying whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren might endorse Bernie Sanders, wrestling with how to respond to revelations about her private email use, and lining up materials to respond to fresh accusations from Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Bill Clinton of raping her decades ago. He denied the rape accusation, which was never adjudicated by a criminal court.
Later Saturday, he will head south to New Jersey to speak at the Republican Hindu Coalition, according to the group's website.
Founder Shalabh Kumar says Trump will attend the event at the Edison Expo Center to speak out against terrorism and to help raise money for terror victims in India.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.