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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Trump's Battle Cry AGAINST Clinton CORRUPTION
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Donald Trump called on voters Saturday to help him defeat a “totally rigged system,” delivering a speech billed as the closing argument for his presidential campaign that became a battle cry against the forces that he said conspire against him and the American people.
Trailing in most polls with 17 days until the Nov. 8 election, the Republican nominee offered himself as a “once in a lifetime” agent of change to revive the economy and stamp out Washington corruption. He drew a stark contrast between his plan and the more-of-the-same government that he said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would run to benefit herself and her cronies.
“We will drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., and replace it with a new government — of, by and for the people,” Mr. Trump said in Gettysburg, Pa., a site he chose because of Lincoln’s historic address there and which he said reflected his similar goal of unifying the country.
“I’m asking the American people to rise above the noise and clutter of our broken politics and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character, and there is nothing better or stronger than the American character,” the New York businessman said.
Mr. Trump said that American voters faced a clear choice in the election between his promise of change and Mrs. Clinton’s promise of continuing the status quo, which he said was responsible for America’s economic malaise, unending wars, skyrocketing national debt and crumbling infrastructure.
“Hillary Clinton is not running against me. She is running against change and she is running against all the American people and all the American voters,” said Mr. Trump.
Before outlining the plans for his first 100 days in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump blasted the media, the Washington establishment and Mrs. Clinton for conspiring against him.
He said the 10 women that recently came forward to accuse him of groping them were falsely maligning him and that the news media presented their claims “with virtually no fact-checking whatsoever.”
“All of these liars will be sued when the election is over,” said the New York billionaire.
Mr. Trump said the smears used against him underscore the corrupt power wielded by the political establishment, which he said poses an even greater threat to working Americans.
“If they can fight somebody like me with unlimited resources to fight back, just look at what they can do to you — your jobs, your security, your education, your healthcare, the violation of religious liberty, the theft of your Second Amendment, the loss of your factories, your homes and much more,” said Mr. Trump.
He presented a 100-day “action plan,” which he also described as his contract with the American people. It began with an ambitious agenda for his first day in office:
— Submit a Constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress.
— Institute a hiring freeze on federal employees to begin thinning the federal workforce through attrition, with exemptions for defense, public health and public safety jobs.
— Require that every new federal regulation be accompanied by the elimination of two existing regulations.
— Impose a five-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists.
— Impose a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.
— Institute a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American political campaigns.
Most of the agenda echoed themes from throughout Mr. Trump’s campaign, although he added urgency with the timeline for enacting his plans.
He said that he would also immediately begin working to boost workers and the economy, including renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal and taking legal action against unfair trade practices by China.
Mr. Trump also vowed to lift restrictions on energy production from shale, oil, natural gas and coal, saying it would provide jobs.
He also confronted the climate change issue, vowing to end billions of dollars in payments to the United Nations climate change program and use the money to instead invest in America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
“We’re going to fix our own environment,” he said.