Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, citing ''the media,'' tells supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that a small group of war veterans picketing Trump Tower were put there by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Donald Trump this week took his use of sordid accusations against Democrat Hillary Clinton to levels unprecedented in modern U.S. presidential campaigns, in the latest example of the Republican's unorthodox playbook. The presumptive Republican nominee is working to gain stronger footing and offset a big advantage Clinton is likely to have ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election - a huge campaign war chest that she and her allies intend to use to launch a barrage of attacks against him. During a campaign rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he told supporters that war vets, for whom he said he raised millions of dollars, were seen picketing outside Trump Tower in New York. "Yesterday, we had pickets in front of Trump Tower. And they were vets. Not a lot of them, very few, just so you understand," Trump said. "I said, how can the vets picket Trump Tower? How can they do that, I raised millions of dollars," he added. "And then today they did a story that the vets were put there by Hillary Clinton. Crooked Hillary Clinton put the vets there," Trump said, adding "the good news is, one of the papers, the media, found out that Hillary Clinton was involved." Trump is using the same strategy he used repeatedly during the Republican nomination fight against rivals like Ted Cruz - making incendiary statements that U.S. television networks can't resist covering, giving him hours of free media and putting his opponents on the defensive.