Trump makes ‘closing argument’ speech, again attacks accusers
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump on Saturday offered what his senior campaign aides billed as his “closing argument” in the presidential race, rehashing his campaign’s key policy planks to give voters a sense of his top priorities as president.
Trump began his remarks near the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” by urging the country to follow Lincoln’s example to “heal the divisions” the US now faces. But he quickly slipped into his combative rhetoric, slamming a “totally rigged” system and raging against establishment politicians and the media for seeking to sink his campaign.
And before getting to what he would seek to accomplish in the first 100 days of his presidency — which campaign aides said Friday evening would be the focus of his speech — Trump went on to again attack women who have accused him of sexual assault or misconduct, saying, “every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign” and vowing to sue them after the election is over.
Fifteen minutes later, Trump pivoted to his plan for the first 100 days of his presidency should he be elected in terms of “measures,” “actions” and legislative bills.
“I am asking the American people to dream big once again. What follows is my 100-day action plan to make America great again,” he said.
Trump offered no new major policy announcements, instead mostly reiterating key plans of his presidential campaign and offering sparse new details.
Trump said his priorities would be to tackle corruption in Washington, protect American workers through protectionist trade measures and tackling illegal immigration and terrorism.
Trump also slammed his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and sought to contrast his outsider candidacy with hers.
“Hillary Clinton is not running against me, she’s running against change,” Trump said.