Donald Trump launched a blistering denunciation of the character, career and qualifications of Hillary Clinton accusing her of being “a world class liar” who personally profited from her tenure at the State Department. “She gets rich making you poor
Making his campaign steady after a difficult stretch, the presumptive Republican nominee cast himself as the White House candidate best positioned to address Americans’ economic interests.
“This election will decide whether we’re ruled by the people or the politicians,” Trump said during an address at his hotel in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. He made his arguments in a pointed yet measured tone, less loud and strident than has been typical in most previous campaign speeches.
The speech marked an opening salvo against Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in the general election campaign.
Trump made a direct appeal to supporters of Clinton’s primary rival Bernie Sanders, urging them to help him fix a “rigged system.” He also argued his trade and immigration policies would be more beneficial than Clinton’s for blacks and Hispanics, two groups that have overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in recent presidential elections.
Unleashing a bag of criticisms against Clinton including her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, her response to the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and accusations that she and former President Bill Clinton profited from their family foundation.
“Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency,” Trump said.
Some of Trump’s charges come from Schweizer’s book, which has been criticised for failing to provide evidence of direct connections between business dealings by foreign interests, sometimes involving the Clinton Foundation, and decisions by Clinton when she was secretary of state.