Trump delivered a speech to voters on Saturday where he called for their help in defeating a “rigged system”. The speech was meant to serve as the closing argument for his presidential campaign. It turned into a battle cry against 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.
“All of these liars will be sued when the election is over,” said the New York billionaire.