Trump: 'I Am The Law And Order Candidate'


Donald Trump has been called many things -- a businessman, a reality TV showman, and most recently a politician.

But now he's using new words to describe himself, proclaiming he's "the law and order candidate" in the 2016 race for the presidency, The Hill reported.

Trump made the case during a speech in Virginia Beach, where he spoke about issues facing veterans before transitioning to a series of attacks on Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

The Republican real estate mogul lit into the former Secretary of State for her email scandal. While the FBI declined to recommend criminal charges against Clinton for using an unsecured email server and deleting thousands of work-related emails, Director James Comey reserved harsh criticism for the presidential hopeful, saying she was "extremely careless" with security while contradicting her claims that she did not send or receive classified information from her unsecured email account.

If Clinton is elected, Trump told the crowd, she would become the first president who "wouldn't be able to pass a background check."

"Her conduct was willful, intentional and unlawful," Trump said, per The Hill. "She knew it. She's probably the most surprised person that she was able to get away with it. The fact that she got away with all of this could be her single most impressive accomplishment. To me it is. It's her greatest accomplishment."

Clinton maintains a slim lead over Trump in national polls aggregated by Real Clear Politics, which have her at a 4.5-point advantage as of July 11. However, none of the recent polls were taken after Comey announced his decision not to prosecute Clinton, and analysts will be closely watching to see whether Clinton was helped or hurt by the end of the criminal investigation.

A new poll by ABC News and The Washington Post, released on July 11, shows a majority of Americans disagree with the FBI's decision not to prosecute Clinton over the email scandal. Fifty-six percent of respondents said Clinton should have been prosecuted, but 58 percent told the pollsters that the investigation's result won't impact their decision about who they vote for in November.

Clinton, who was campaigning alongside former primary rival and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, didn't respond specifically to Trump's latest attack during her speech on July 11. But her Twitter feed included several digs at the presumptive Republican nominee, arguing that Trump is ignorant on foreign relations and would not fight for military veterans.

Sources: The Hill, Real Clear Politics, ABC News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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