In a blistering speech, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump blasted presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, calling her a "world-class liar" who "gets rich making you poor."
"This election will decide whether we're ruled by the people or the politicians," Trump said during an address at his Manhattan hotel, reported The Associated Press, adding, “She believes she’s entitled to the office. Her campaign slogan is ‘I’m with her.’ You know what my response is to that? I’m with you, the American people.”
Trump's campaign has been receiving a great deal of negative attention recently. In addition to constantly making controversial statements, Trump has also had to deal with the departure of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and the revelation the real estate mogul is far behind Clinton in fundraising.
But in his June 22 speech, Trump made an effort to stay on point and on message as he sought to focus on Clinton's negatives, including the ongoing FBI investigation into her private email server as secretary of state, her role in the 2012 attacks in Libya, her support of the war in Iraq, and accusations that she and former President Bill Clinton used the nonprofit Clinton Foundation for their own personal gain.
“Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency,” Trump said.
Trump sharply criticized Clinton's foreign policy stances and blamed the former secretary of state's policies for the spread of ISIS.
“ISIS also threatens peaceful Muslims across the Middle East and peaceful Muslims across the world, who have been terribly victimized by horrible brutality and who only want to raise their kids in peace and safety,” Trump said.
He also made a direct effort to court supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont who are concerned about free trade deals like NAFTA and Trans-Pacific Partnership, and might also feel the Democratic Party never intended to give anybody but Clinton a chance for the nomination.
“We will never be able to fix a rigged system by counting on the same people who rigged it in the first place,” Trump said. “The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in the money. That’s why we’re asking Bernie Sanders’ voters to join our movement: so together we can fix the system for all Americans.”
He added: “Importantly, this includes fixing all of our many disastrous trade deals. Because it’s not just the political system that’s rigged. It’s the whole economy. It’s rigged by big donors who want to keep down wages. It’s rigged by big businesses who want to leave our country, fire our workers and sell their products back into the U.S. with absolutely no consequences for them.”