‘She’s a bad, bad person!’ Trump digs at Hillary as he recites Wikileaks bombshells and pledges to ‘investigate the investigation’ that ended her classified email case
- Donald Trump rattled off a litany of Wikileaks revelations before a Florida crowd on Tuesday night
- He hit his Democratic opponent on her embarrassing ‘open trade and open borders’ speech and railed against her campaign’s criticism of Catholics
- Teleprompter-aided speech said Clinton wants ‘to end forever the American independence that our founders gave to us’
- Trump spent more than 20 minutes detailed embarrassing bombshells hacked from Clinton’s campaign chairman’s email account
- He called them ‘the latest evidence of the hatred that the Clinton campaign has, really, for everyday Americans’
Donald Trump took full advantage Tuesday night of the day’s document cascade released by Wikileaks, telling a Florida crowd that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is full of ‘so much corruption’ that his administration would be obligated to launch a new criminal probe of her actions during and after her tenure at the State Department.
‘We have to investigate Hillary Clinton, and we have to investigate the investigation!’ he said in the seaside town of Panama City Beach.
‘She was a disaster,’ Trump claimed, recalling her time as a carpetbagging U.S. senator from New York.
‘And she’s a bad person. Remember that. She’s a bad, bad person.’
Clinton’s campaign has been rocked by a trove of hacked emails laying bare her campaign’s secrets
More than half of Trump’s 51-minute speech in an outdoor amphitheater consisted of new material, courtesy of fresh Wikileaks revelations that came from a hack attack on her campaign chairman John Podesta’s private email account.
By the time a crowd estimated at 8,000 filed back to their cars, he had accused her of secretly plotting to eliminate America’s national borders in favor of a single global government with control over trade and immigration.
‘Speaking in secret to a foreign bank, again just revealed, Hillary said “My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders”,’ Trump said, quoting a digest of previously undisclosed transcripts of speeches she delivered on Wall Street for an average of $225,000 each.
‘Well, there goes the rest of your businesses. And there goes your country, folks,’ he fumed as a helicopter buzzed overhead flashing a ‘Make America Great Again’ message on its underbelly.
‘Behind closed doors when she thought no one was listening, she pledged to dissolve the borders of the United States of America. No borders!’
‘If you don’t have borders, we don’t have a country,’ said a suddenly sullen Trump.
John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, had his Gmail account hacked and the Wikileaks organization has released the embarrassing contents to the public
Trump’s speech, scrolling across a paid of teleprompters, lurched from the technical to the dramatic, touching on the mechanics of post-Haiti-earthquake Clinton Foundation relief efforts one minute, and lapsing into sweeping patriotic prose in the next.
‘Wikileaks has given us a window into the secret corridors of government power,’ he said, ‘where we see a former secretary of state announcing her desire to end forever the American independence that our founders gave to us and wanted us to have.’
‘American soldiers have fought and died to win and keep America’s freedom, and now Hillary Clinton wants to surrender that freedom to these open borders, open trade, and a world government.’
Trump accused her of both pining for deeper U.S. military entanglements overseas and plotting to abandon the protection of America’s geographic and cultural identity.
‘We’re protecting the borders of foreign countries,’ he said, forecasting a new Clinton administration. ‘But not our borders.’
‘These Wikileaks emails confirm what those of us here today have known all along: Hillary Clinton is the vessel of a corrupt globalist establishment that’s raiding our country and surrendering the sovereignty of our nation,’ he said.
‘This criminal government cartel doesn’t recognize borders but believes in global governance, unlimited immigration and rule by corporations.’
Trump is barnstorming the key battleground state of Florida this week, a state that he mustwin in order to claim the White House four weeks from today
Trump also stretched the bounds of what Tuesday’s Wikileaks document-dump demonstrated, claiming that one email showed the U.S. Justice Department sharing confidential information with Clinton that was related to an FBI investigation into her mishandling of classified material.
‘Today we learned, amazingly, that the Department of Justice fed information to the Clinton campaign about the email investigation so that the campaign could be prepared to cover up her crimes,’ he boomed. ‘What is going on?’
His crowd chanted ‘Lock her up!’ as he pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to re-investigate her.
But the leak from the DOJ described in the email actually concerned a civil lawsuit that sought to wrestle some of Clinton’s emails – which contained classified information – away from the State Department she once led.
The lawsuit, one of hundreds filed to force State to obey the Freedom of Information Act, had an open court docket whose contents were widely available.
The line of Trump fans stretched for a half-mile, and some began waiting in line as many as eight hours before his speech began – while he was still at a Texas fundraiser
A more genuine Wikileaks bombshell that Trump recounted described preferential treatment the Clinton Foundation gave to ‘Friends of Bill’ – the former president’s inner circle – when awarding redevelopment contracts in Haiti.
Those awards often led to a swifter current of cash back to the Clintons’ family foundation, and in some cases appeared linked to lucrative speaking engagements that later flowed to Bill Clinton personally.
‘The Clintons couldn’t stop cashing in,’ Trump charged.
‘As people were dying in Haiti, Clinton insiders were separating out requests from “friends Of Bill” or “William Jefferson Clinton VIPs” so that their business interests or contracts would receive very special treatment.’
‘People who were labeled “Not friends of Bill” were placed very much on the sidelines.’
‘We should never forget how Bill and Hillary Clinton handled Haiti the last time out,’ he said. ‘To all of our friends in Haiti … your day of justice is coming, and it arrives on November 8.’
Trump began his speech by asking his Secret Service detail to move to the margins of the stage so his supporters could see him better
Trump also bashed the Clintons over one leaked email showing recommendations from a senior fellow at the left-wing Center for American Progress, describing conservative Roman Catholics as embracing ‘severely backwards gender relations.’
Jennifer Palmieri, now Hillary Clinton’s campaign communications director, agreed.
‘I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion,’ she responded. ‘Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.’
Trump played it to the hilt.
‘While this is offensive, it’s just the latest evidence of the hatred that the Clinton campaign has, really, for everyday Americans,’ he said Tuesday night. ‘And you see it. And you see so much from this Wikileaks.’
The Republican presidential nominee used a pastiche of emails released by Wikileaks to claim America’s mass-media are aligned against him as ‘an extension of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.’
‘Reporters who work for these outlets like The Washington Post or The New York Times may think of themselves as journalists,’ he said, ‘but they’re actually just cogs in a corporate political machine.’
The Republican Trump trails in most polls but has four weeks to turn his campaign around and is going on offense against his Democratic rival
He cited one Wikileaks email from Podesta’s account that showed a Times reporter offering Palmieri the chance to overrule him on including interview quotes in an article.
‘The New York Times even gave Clinton veto power over her quotes in a major story,’ he marveled.
‘I’ve never heard of that! I’d like to have veto power when they misquote me all the time.’
And he blasted the Democratic National Committee’s then-vice chair Donna Brazile – now the party’s acting chairwoman – for colluding with CNN to give Clinton an unfair advantage over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, then her intraparty rival, before a televised town hall event.
‘The emails also show that Hillary was given CNN town hall questions before her big debate against Bernie Sanders. Is that possible?’ he asked.
‘Donna Brazile, the DNC vice-chair, emailed – “From time to time, I get questions in advance” she said. Oh, that’s fair!’
Warming up the crowd for Trump, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani latched on to another Wikileaks document that recounted Clinton describing in a speech how it was helpful to embrace one position publicly while embracing the opposite view privately.
‘Do you know what it means to say that you have a public and private position?’ Giuliani roared. ‘It means you lie! You’re a liar!’
‘I say one thing back there to the rich people I want to get money from, and then I say something totally different. And boy, did she do that! Time after time after time after time.’
‘It is impossible to know if Hillary Clinton is telling the truth,’ he claimed.
‘I actually believe when I look at all these Wikileaks, we may be dealing with a pathological liar. She could possibly pass a polygraph test while she was lying. It’s possible!’
Trump on Tuesday was full of his usual vim, vigor, pomp and circumstance.
‘America, if I get elected,’ he said at one point, will become –’
Two women near the stage shouted, ‘When?’
‘”When? When?” They always go, “When? when?”‘ Trump remarked.
‘But I like to, you know, kinda leave it. You don’t want to seem too egotistical.’
‘You’d better make sure we win or there will be no more Trump rallies,’ he joked.
‘The hell with that!’