An invigorated Hillary Clinton commanded a record crowd of more than 10,000 supporters Monday, leaving Donald Trump floundering as America’s top elected Republican all but conceded the White House.
The former secretary of state looking to make history as America’s first woman commander-in-chief held an evening rally at Ohio State University ahead of the state’s deadline to register to vote Tuesday.
The turnout marked a record for her campaign, with Trump teetering on the precipice after damaging revelations of his lewd comments about women.
The Clinton camp estimated the size of the crowd at 18,500, including 5,000 outside the perimeter. A reporter said the number at more than 10,000.
The Democrat tried repeatedly to get under her Republican opponent’s skin, mocking his television career.
“On the day that I was in the Situation Room watching the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting ‘Celebrity Apprentice,'” she said, a day after the two candidates held their second presidential debate watched by an estimated 66.5 million people.
“So if you want to talk about we’ve been doing the last 30 years: Bring. It. On,” added Clinton.
The Democrat, who has struggled to energise young voters, focused her speech on youth turnout, repeatedly stressing the stakes of the November 8 election, just four weeks away.
“This is turning the clock back not just a few years but centuries. The only way to rebuke this is to vote,” she repeated.
Her rival’s candidacy suffered a crippling blow after the 2005 tape was released Friday in which he claimed he could grab women by the crotch with impunity because, as a celebrity, “you can do anything.”