Donald Trump launched another late attempt to fix his sagging campaign Saturday, delivering a speech billed as a closing argument in a hotel ballroom near the battlefield that turned the direction of the Civil War.
Yet even as Trump praised Abraham Lincoln for uniting the country, he laced his Gettysburg speech with familiar charges of a rigged election and corrupt media, along with a new vow to sue 10 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.
“All of these liars will be sued when the election is over,” Trump told a small audience at the Eisenhower Hotel.
Campaigning together for the first time in weeks, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine planned Saturday to highlight how different their vision is from Donald Trump's.
But the Democratic nominees said Trump accomplished their goal for them with his address in Gettysburg, Pa., earlier in the day.
“Donald Trump went to Gettysburg, one of the most extraordinary places in American history, and basically said if he is president, he will spend his time suing women who have made charges against him based on his behavior,” Clinton told reporters on her campaign plane in Pittsburgh.
“Tim and I are going to keep talking about what we are going to do if we are given the great honor of serving.”
Kaine, standing shoulder to shoulder with Clinton in the aisle of the packed plane, expanded on Clinton’s observations about Trump's address, which the GOP candidate had billed as a policy outline for his first 100 days in office.
“The parts that grabbed everybody’s attention, and that he seemed most personally invested in, were all the scores that he needs to settle, the people he is mad at,” Kaine said.
Campaigning in Pittsburgh Saturday, Hillary Clinton didn’t just focus her fire on Donald Trump. She also attacked Pennsylvania's Republican Senate candidate, charging him with refusing to repudiate the GOP presidential contender.
“He still refuses to stand up to Donald Trump,” Clinton said of Sen. Pat Toomey. “A lot of Republicans have. They have had the grit and the guts to stand up and say, ‘He doesn’t represent me.’”
Clinton's tough remarks about Toomey during a spirited address before a crowd of 1,800 reflected the new attention her campaign is putting on down-ballot races as election day nears and her lead over Trump looks increasingly insurmountable.
In the tradition of P.T. Barnum, an earlier showman-turned-politician who is credited with saying there’s no such thing as bad publicity, Donald Trump may have thought he had nothing to lose in running for president.
Even a defeat might serve to raise his visibility and burnish a name brand that has become his most valuable asset.
But while Trump’s unconventional campaign has brought him a lot of free publicity and newfound popularity bordering on reverence among his mostly white, conservative, working-class supporters, it also has turned off many Americans who now associate his name with racism, misogyny and bigotry.
Donald Trump delivered a message Saturday to the women who have accused him of sexually assaulting them over the years: Prepare to be sued.
Campaigning in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Trump called the women's accusations falsehoods bent on damaging his campaign in its final weeks.
"Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign," Trump said during a speech in which he also rolled out his plans for his first 100 days in office. "Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over."
The Hillary Clinton campaign says four people have been examined by medical personnel after a white powdery substance arrived at a New York campaign office, and they have reported no health issues.
Campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said federal and local officials determined the substance was non-hazardous; he provided no further details Saturday.
Police say preliminary tests showed the substance found Friday in an envelope at Clinton's Manhattan office, where mail is received, was not harmful. A police spokesman declined to identify what the substance was.