quinta-feira, 13 de outubro de 2016
Trump against the world
Trump against the world
Under siege as more female accusers come forward, Trump lashes out at the ‘conspiracy’ out to get him and his supporters.
By BEN SCHRECKINGER 10/13/16, 10:02 PM CET
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Speaking in messianic terms, Donald Trump painted himself as the target of a vast “conspiracy” and the last hope for a civilization at a crossroads at a rally here on Thursday afternoon.
The Republican nominee, besieged by mounting allegations of sexual misconduct as his electoral path all but vanishes, is going to new rhetorical extremes to cast himself as the standard-bearer of an existential struggle against a corrupt, global elite.
“This is a conspiracy against you, the American people, and we cannot let this happen or continue,” he told supporters of alleged efforts to protect Hillary Clinton from accountability. “This is our moment of reckoning as a society and as a civilization itself.”
His grandiose call to arms came as Trump continues to reel from an avalanche of devastating news reports and a day after he accused House Speaker Paul Ryan of making a “sinister deal” to undermine him.
Trump’s rally at the South Florida Fair Expo Center was his first public appearance since new allegations of sexual assault made by several women were published on Wednesday evening.
Trump called the latest round of allegations, which correspond with Trump’s own description of his behavior toward women in a 2005 recording, a “concerted, coordinated and vicious attack.”
Citing emails published by WikiLeaks, Trump charged that, “reporters collaborate and conspire directly with the Clinton campaign on helping her win the election all over.”
Trump said the reports, rather than describing his actual behavior, were part of a character assassination carried out by agents of a globalist establishment.
“Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed,” he said.
“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” he said. “And the Clintons know it. And they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction and they’re outright lies.”
Trump reiterated his vow to sue The New York Times for publishing the accounts of two women who said he sexually assaulted them, and vowed to debunk the claims. “We already have substantial evidence to dispute these lies and it will be made public in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time,” he said. “Very soon.”
Trump used the timing of another allegation, made by a People Magazine writer who said Trump assaulted her at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach in December 2005 as she reported a story on his marriage, by questioning why the writer would sit on such a hot scoop for so many years.
“I ask a very simply question. Why wasn’t it a part of the story that appeared 20 or 12 years ago?” he said. “It would’ve been one of the biggest stories of the year. Think of it!”
Trump said of those bringing and publicizing the accusations, “These people are horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible liars.”
But Trump — who reiterated at the rally his call to jail Clinton — said his victimization did not bother him.
“I take all of these slings and arrows gladly for you. I take them for our movement so that we can have our country back,” he said. “Our great civilization … has come upon a moment of reckoning. We’ve seen it in the United Kingdom where they decided to liberate themselves.”
The stakes of the movement, in Trump’s view, are existential. “This is a struggle for the survival of our nation,” he said
And he vowed to take arms against a corrupt establishment whose means and cunning know no bounds. “Their political resources are unlimited,” he said. “Their media resources are unmatched and most importantly the depths of their immorality is absolutely unlimited.”