Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama Tuesday night in his first public speech since the FBI’s director announced that the former secretary of state should not be prosecuted for her classified email scandal.
Obama, he said, put on a ‘carnival act’ in his first joint campaign appearance with Clinton.
And his likely opponent in the general election, he claimed, lied to the American people and offered Attorney General Loretta Lynch a ‘bribe’ by floating the idea of keeping her in the presidential cabinet next year.
‘To have what happened today,’ Trump mused on stage in Raleigh, North Carolina, ‘where essentially, I thought – everybody thought – based on what was being said, she was guilty! She was guilty!’
Clinton ‘put the entire country in danger,’ he claimed, by exposing state secrets to the prying eyes of hostile foreign governments.
‘And it turned out that we’re not going to press charges. It’s, it’s really amazing,’ he said. ‘But I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you, look, we have a rigged system, folks.’
Trump was merciless, bashing Clinton has he claimed she orchestrated a cover-up of financial crimes with her private email arrangement and then deleted the evidence in an ‘Enron-style purge’.
Trump appeared at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina, a modernist theatre that seats about 2,200 – a smallish crowd by Trump standards.
He said he ‘always thought Hillary Clinton would escape charges for her dangerous and criminal behavior,’ explaining that ‘our system is totally rigged’ in favor of powerful plutocrats.
‘It’s corrupt, it’s rigged, it’s disgraceful,’ he said, renewing a well-worn campaign theme and pledging that he would reverse the country’s course and – unlike Clinton – take the government’s thumb off the scale.
‘Hillary can’t keep her emails safe. And you know what, folks? She sure as hell can’t keep our country safe,’ he sniffed.