Donald Trump defiantly prosecuted his case against Hillary Clinton Monday, even as the GOP nominee continued to show his contrition for lewd remarks about women caught on an 11-year-old tape that surfaced Friday.
Looking to generate momentum following a more disciplined second debate performance, the GOP nominee sought to assure his supporters of his repentance and bring home his message for American renewal at the rally in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
“The last 72 hours have framed what this election is all about. It’s about the American people fighting back against corrupt politicians who don’t care about anything except staying in power.”
“I’ve traveled around this country talking about change. But my travels — the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met — they’ve also changed me. I’m not proud of everything that I’ve done in life,” Trump told the crowd gathered in Pennsylvania, before telling them what he is “very proud of.”
“I’m proud of our unbelievable movement, because that’s what we have is a movement — men and women who only want a better future for their children. That’s what they want. That’s what we want,” Trump said.
The GOP nominee went on to lambast the Democratic nominee and former President Bill Clinton for their actions “that have destroyed and hurt so many lives.” Calling Bill the “worst abuser of women ever to sit in the Oval Office,” Trump criticized the media for “protecting” the Clintons while focusing on his own “words” and ignoring the Clintons’ “actions.”
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“During the course of 90 minutes, she was exposed and her failures were exposed. She had no defense. All she could do was lie. She lied so much last night. They don’t like to catch her on the lies,” Trump said. “I tell you what — the only thing she’s got going is the media. Without the media, she wouldn’t have a chance.”
Trump also sought to capitalize on revelations contained in two massive email dumps from WikiLeaks linked to Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta over the last few days. The GOP nominee highlighted parts of Clinton’s paid speeches in which the Democratic nominee said she dreams of “open borders” and promised a crowd of investment bankers she had different “private” and “public” stances on issues.
“These transcripts also shine a spotlight on how this corrupt Establishment works — where politicians meet in secret with the big banks collecting massive sums of money and then betray the American worker,” Trump said. “The last 72 hours have framed what this election is all about. It’s about the American people fighting back against corrupt politicians who don’t care about anything except staying in power and keeping their donors happy.”
Telling his supporters that he will “never stop fighting for you against the Washington Establishment that has betrayed each and every one of you” and “betrayed the country,” Trump lamented that the government “has lost its virtue.” But in speaking of how he believes that he has changed over the course of his candidacy, Trump told the people that he believes America’s wrongs can be righted.
“I’m glad that I have the chance today to open my heart to all of you and tell you how much I want to make our country so much better, so much stronger, so much safer, so much wealthier,” Trump said. “We have to do all of those things.”