Trump camp: Dean 'went straight to the gutter'

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says 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.