Clinton cranks up Trump-Russia rhetoric as Election Day draws closer

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives at a rally at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, August 25, 2016. © Aaron P. Bernstein
In just over two months, the next US president will have been elected, and the mud-slinging will have finally come to an end. But until then, Hillary Clinton is throwing all the punches she can, continuing to accuse Donald Trump of having ties with Russia.

Clinton's Thursday rally in Reno, Nevada, had a strong theme – and it had nothing to do with the Democratic candidate's political experience, or her plan to fight terrorism. Instead, the nominee focused almost entirely on slamming her opponent...over and over again.

In the 30-minute speech, Clinton mentioned Trump by name 46 times, calling him “simply temperamentally unfit to be president” and accusing him of being “detached from reality.”

She went on to accuse Trump – once again – of having ties with Russia and President Vladimir Putin, who she referred to as the “grand godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism.”

“Trump himself heaps praise on Putin and embrace pro-Russian policies,” she said.

But she didn't stop there. She also took the opportunity to attack Nigel Farage – the man behind Britain's historic Brexit campaign – who recently endorsed Trump at a rally.

“Farage has appeared regularly on Russian propaganda programs. Now he's standing on the same stage as the Republican nominee,” she said.

Although the Democratic candidate stopped short of mentioning RT by name, her campaign manager, Robby Mook, had no problem accusing Trump adviser Michael Flynn of being on the payroll of a “propaganda arm of the Kremlin earlier this week,” referring to RT.

But it appears his knowledge of the network is extremely limited, as he referred to RT – which was originally named Russia Today – as the “The Russia Times,” and Trump's adviser is not at all on the channel's payroll.

As for Donald Trump, he's hit back at Clinton, saying she's using the “oldest play in the Democratic playbook.”

“When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument,” he said during a recent rally.

Watch more in Gayane Chichakyan’s report