Trump Goes Negative: "The system is rigged against our people"
Trump’s speech lacked policy substance. There were a few glittering generalities about “real change, not Obama change” and rebuilding the infrastructure of the country, but the speech focused almost totally on what Trump sees as severe lapses in judgement that Mrs. Clinton has had and illegal activities that she has ordered.
“We can never fix a rigged system by counting on the people who have rigged it in the first place,” Trump explained, implying Hillary Clinton was a member of the elite establishment. Trump asked Bernie Sanders’ voters to turn towards Trump in November to help him fix the “rigged system.”
“This election will decide whether we are ruled by the people or the politicians. Here is my promise to the American voters; I will end the special interest lobby in DC.” Trump’s promise echoes those of Obama, who said he would “close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government,” but then went on to hire scores of lobbyists. Trump went on to an ad hominem attack on Mrs. Clinton after echoing the current president.
Hillary is a “world class liar… just look at her phony landing in Bosnia.” This was “a total and self-serving lie. Brian Williams’ career was ruined for less; just remember that,” barked the presumptive Republican nominee. Trump is referring to Hillary repeatedly claiming that she landed under sniper fire and had to be rushed to safety, later saying that she was tired and misspoke in one instance. In reality, Hillary had a warm greeting ceremony at the airport.
“Hillary has perfected the art of turning politics into personal profit and even theft,” Trump bellowed. “She believes she’s entitled to the office. Her campaign slogan is ‘I’m with her.’ You know what mine is? ‘I’m with you – the American People.’ She thinks it’s all about her; I know it’s all about you.” The candidate was clearly making a concerted effort to connect with voters as the candidate of the people, for the people. His background is certainly not that of the ordinary citizen, although he has steered clear of large corporate donations until recently and has avoided foreign contributions thus far. His economic policies were then compared to those of Hillary.
“Corporations are punished for hiring people in this country. This is a wave of globalism that wipes out our middle class.... We have to bring our manufacturers back to the United States. Desperately – we need those jobs…” Trump’s attack on NAFTA and Hillary’s support for it focused on the lack of her belief in US sovereignty as a detriment to US companies seeking to stay in house.
“She gets rich making you poor” was one of the bluntest comments about these economic policies. The commentary references Peter Schweitzer’s book, Clinton Cash, which documents The Clinton Foundation’s collection of contributions from foreign governments in exchange for favors from Hillary as she ran the State Department.
Trump went on to lambaste the Trans Pacific Partnership as an offshoot of treaties like NAFTA that have created trade deficits with every single nation the United States trades with. “If she is elected, she will adopt TPP and she will ruin this country.”
Of Benghazi, Trump claimed “Chris Stephens was left helpless to die as Hillary slept peacefully in her bed… They were desperate, they needed help… She left them there to die. To cover it up, she blamed it on the video – another Hillary lie.” The comments criticize the US response to a terrorist siege on the American outpost in Benghazi, Libya, which was held back by special forces in a covert CIA base nearby for thirteen hours as Obama watched live streams from drones overhead and refused to send forces like Africom in to aid the dying Americans.
Trump went on to quote the Secret Service agent, Gary J. Byrne, who wrote Crisis of Character. “Hillary Clinton lacks the integrity and the temperament to be president. From the bottom of my soul, I know this to be true.”
Trump called Hillary, “perhaps the most corrupt person who has ever sought to be president.”
He again cited foreign contributions for political favors, including six and seven-figure contributions from Brunei and Middle East nations who “horribly abuse LGBT citizens.”
Of Hillary’s deleted emails, Trump claimed, “We can’t hand the presidency to someone whose deepest, darkest secrets might be in the hands of our enemies; we just can’t do it.” Trump refers to the tranche of emails that still have not been released publicly, but “probably” were seen by the foreign governments, according to Trump.
Donald Trump closed his speech with a message of change, saying “we need change – but real change – not Obama change.”
Hillary is slated to deliver a major speech today which will likely include rebuttals to Trump’s assertions and negative attacks on the Republican candidate.