Republican candidate Donald Trump has called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton “the devil”, in the face of continuing fire from within his own party.
Speaking at a rally in a high school gym in Pennsylvania, Mr Trump attacked Bernie Sanders for capitulating to Mrs Clinton in the Democratic race.
“He made a deal with the devil,” the tycoon said. “She’s the devil.”
Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned Mr Trump for his remarks about a US Muslim soldier’s parents.
Former Republican candidate John McCain became the latest senior Republican to criticise Mr Trump for his attack on the parents of US Army Capt Humayun Khan, who was killed by a car bomb in 2004 in Iraq, at the age of 27.
Senator McCain, a veteran of the Vietnam War, said in a strongly worded statement that Mr Trump did not have “unfettered licence to defame the best among us”.
Mr Trump had caused controversy by suggesting Ghazala Khan had been prevented from speaking alongside her husband at the Democratic convention last week.
The Republican candidate had already described the decision of Mr Sanders to back Mrs Clinton at the convention as a “deal with the devil”.
Théogène U @Bwiza.com
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