Seeking to re-set the presidential race, Donald Trump unveiled his "closing arguments" speech Saturday that included an agenda for his first 100 days in office, attacks on Hillary Clinton and the media, and threats to sue women who have accused him of inappropriate sexual advances.
"All of these liars will be sued after the election is over," Trump said of his accusers during his remarks in Gettysburg, Pa.
In protesting his news coverage, Trump said members of the media "are trying to poison the mind of the American voter."
Trump also reiterated his pledges to build an anti-migration wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to ban the entry of Muslims to the United States from countries with histories of terrorism and poor vetting procedures.
In outlining his first 100 days in office, Trump promised to institute a federal hiring freeze, block proposed media mergers, cancel President Obama's "unconstitutional" executive orders, and create new restrictions on federal regulations of businesses. The Republican nominee also pledged to cancel "billions" in payments to United Nations climate-change programs and shift the money to U.S. programs.
His issue agenda included pushes for tax cuts and revamped trade deals with other countries. Describing his first 100-day plan as "a contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter," the candidate also proposed term limits for members of Congress and lobbying restrictions on former government employees.
Trump, who has accused opponents of rigging the election against him, again raised the specter of voter fraud. He said — without evidence — that "1.8 million dead people are registered to vote, and some of them are voting."
He also accused the FBI and Justice Department of covering up crimes by Clinton involving her private use of email while secretary of state.
Clinton campaign aides said Trump appears more interested in revenge than in governing.
"Trump’s major new policy was to promise political and legal retribution against the women who have accused him of groping them," Clinton campaign communications director Christina Reynolds said. "Like Trump’s campaign, this speech gave us a troubling view as to what a Trump State of the Union would sound like — rambling, unfocused, full of conspiracy theories and attacks on the media, and lacking in any real answers for American families.”
His critics in the Republican Party said they doubted Trump will ever have the chance to put presidential policies in place.
Mocking his "first 100 days in office" speech, Republican political consultant John Weaver — who worked for Ohio Gov. John Kasich during the GOP primaries — said, "I'm reading up on the Patriots playbook so I can play linebacker."
The closing arguments speech — a late addition to Trump's schedule — comes amid polls showing him trailing Clinton both nationally and in key battleground states. On social media, Trump cited other polls showing him inching ahead of the Democrat. He tweeted: "The media refuses to talk about the three new national polls that have me in first place. Biggest crowds ever — watch what happens!"
In the wake of three debates against Clinton, Trump has also contended with allegations from a variety of women claiming he made inappropriate sexual advances toward them. Trump has denied the accusations and called them part of an effort to "rig" the election against him.
After his speech in Gettysburg, Trump hosts rallies Saturday in two politically important states, Virginia and Ohio. On Sunday, he travels to the must-win state of Florida, part of what he and aides described as a stepped-up schedule for the last two-and-a-half weeks of the campaign.
"Right up until the actual vote of November 8th," Trump said Friday in North Carolina. "And then I don't know what kind of shape I'm in but I'll be happy and at least I will have known, win, lose or draw, and I'm almost sure if the people come out we're gonna win."
Campaign National Policy Director Stephen Miller said Trump's Gettysburg speech was designed to "set the tone" for the final days of the campaign, and that the candidate will argue he is the "change agent" the country needs.
“The Donald Trump campaign is a movement unlike anything we’ve seen in our country’s history," Miller said.
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