Donald Trump sounded atypically calm and resolute in a scripted speech critiquing Hillary Clinton on Wednesday.
His remarks came a day after Clinton’s blistering attack on Trump’s business record, in which she billed the presumptive Republican nominee as a threat to the U.S economy. Trump shot back. “I have always had a talent for building businesses and, importantly, creating jobs,” he said. “That is a talent our country desperately needs.” He also laid out a point-by-point attack on Clinton, ranging from her tenure as secretary of state to her policies.
He began by noting the country’s “crumbling” infrastructure. “I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary Clinton. Only by me,” he said. He also courted Bernie Sanders’s voters, encouraging them to support him, the outsider candidate, “so together we can fix the system for all Americans.” Trump repeatedly used the word “we” to suggest unity, and he took Clinton’s slogan, “I’m With Her,” and changed it to “I’m With You.”
During the speech, Trump called Clinton a “world-class liar” and said she “may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.” He also slammed her tenure as secretary of state, saying she ran the U.S. State Department “like her own personal hedge fund.” He also cited the controversy around her use of a private server while secretary of state, billing it as a risk to national security.