Trump camp: Dean 'went straight to the gutter'

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE's campaign on Tuesday criticized Howard Dean for his comments appearing to question whether the Republican presidential nominee's debate-night sniffles may be related to cocaine use.

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"Governor Dean's comment was beyond the pale and has no place in our important political discussion," the Trump campaign said in a statement, according to an NBC News reporter.

"On a night where millions of Americans were able to compare and contrast the policies of both candidates, Governor Dean went straight to the gutter and was nothing more than a sad distraction in a desperate attempt to stay relevant."

Dean, a doctor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, first brought up the issue in a tweet Monday night.

"Notice Trump sniffling all the time. Coke user?" Dean tweeted.

On Tuesday, Dean doubled down on the insinuation.

"That is actually a signature of people who use cocaine," Dean said on MSNBC.

"I'm not suggesting that Trump does, but I'm suggesting we think about it, because here's the interesting constellation — he sniffs during the presentation, which is something that users do. He also has grandiosity, which is something that accompanies that problem. ... It's something I think it'd be interesting to ask him and see if he ever had a problem with that."

There is no evidence Trump has ever used cocaine, and Trump has long said he doesn't drink alcohol or take any illegal drugs.