The attacks from Trump are just going to get better and better. Will America’s loathing of Clinton cause her the election? Or is she going to take the White House no matter what?
Before Mike Pence and Donald Trump hit the stage Monday afternoon, their crowd was already chanting ‘Lock her up!’ – a slap at the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
By the time Trump was through with his first post-convention campaign stop, he had one-upped them by giving Hillary Rodham Clinton a new nickname.
‘Why did Hillary get rid of her middle name? Huh? Hillary?’ he asked a capacity crowd in a ballroom at a Roanoke, Virginia hotel. ‘No, but why did she get rid of it?’
‘Hillary – “Rotten” Clinton!’ he said. ‘”Rotten” Clinton. Hillary Rotten Clinton, right?’
‘Maybe that’s why. It’s too close.’
Trump took shots at Clinton running mate Tim Kaine, departing Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren – whom he referred to as ‘Pocahontas’ for allegedly inventing a claim of American Indian heritage.
‘She’s got a fresh mouth,’ Trump said of the famously liberal lawmaker. ‘Otherwise she’s not nothing going.’
He complained about the stifling heat indoors, likening it to the 92-degree heat outside and accusing the hotel of skimping on air conditioning to keep its costs down.
‘I think it’s cooler outside than it is in this damned ballroom!’ he exclaimed midway through a 45-minute speech with five minutes of Q&A tacked on.
‘I feel like I’m in a sauna, right? So I don’t know what hotel this is, but you ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we’re not going to get you paid. These people! Am I right? It’s hot!’
Trump also he recycled an old insult that he once leveled with great effect at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, calling Clinton ‘low energy’ and mocking her for taking midday naps.
‘Her instincts are defective,’ Trump said. ‘But she’s got – she’s low energy. She actually is low-energy.’
‘She’ll go home, she’ll take a nap for four or five hours, then she’ll come back,’ he continued.
‘No naps for Trump! No naps! I don’t take naps! We don’t have time!’
In one of the less-flattering emails uncovered last year in the Clinton email scandal, Clinton aide Huma Abedin and fellow State Department staffer Monica Hanley were captured chatting about how often their boss was asleep when they needed her.
‘Have you been going over her calls with her?’ Abedin asked. ‘So she knows [[India Prime Minister Manmohan] [S]ingh is at 8?’
Hanley replied: ‘She was in bed for a nap by the time I heard that she had an 8am call. Will go over with her.’
‘Very imp[ortant] to do that,’ Abedin wrote back. ‘She’s often confused.’
Those emails were part of a cache of tens of thousands of messages Clinton turned over to the State Department a few years after her departure from the agency’s top job.
But she ordered nearly 33,000 other emails deleted from her now-infamous private, homebrew server.