The 2016 presidential campaign has already seen a number of firsts, but Republican nominee Donald Trump today made sure there would be at least one more: he suggested that his opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is on drugs, and he called for both candidates to be drug tested prior to the next debate.
In this video, courtesy of CNN, Trump repeatedly says Clinton was "getting pumped up" as part of her debate prep strategy. He then said, of himself and Clinton:
Maybe, we're like athletes, right? Look, I beat seventeen governors, senators, all these people... Hillary beat Bernie, although it looked like Bernie got a little bit of a bad deal based on Wikileaks, right? But we're like athletes, right? But athletes... they make them take a drug test. I think that we should take a drug test prior to the debate. I think we should... why don't we do that? We should take a drug test prior to... 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, whoa, take me down. She could barely reach her car. So I think we should take a drug test. Anyway, I'm willing to do it.
After the first debate, Clinton supporter former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) made news when he tweeted that Trump showed signs of being on cocaine during the first debate. This is, however, the first time that either candidate has directly suggested that the other was under the influence of drugs during a debate.