Howard Dean: Is Donald Trump a 'coke user'?

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Viewers tuning in for the rowdy first presidential debate got their fair share of verbal sparring, but amidst the fireworks many appeared distracted by something else: Donald Trump's sniffle.

The Republican candidate sniffled repeatedly during Monday night's debate — setting off social-media memes and sparking the hashtag #TrumpSniffle.

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Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?
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While Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton — whose coughs made frequent fodder for Republicans — did not mention his sniffles, former Democratic presidential candidate and DNC chairman Howard Dean did.

The former six-term Vermont governor took to Twitter not with a meme but with a message, suggesting that Trump's nasal troubles could be due to cocaine use.

There was no immediate response from the Trump campaign to the question Dean posed.

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