In a bid to frame the final days of the 2016 race for the White House against his democratic rival, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Friday in a scheduled stop in Ohio that he would bring “real change” to Washington if elected, and proposed doing so by getting rid of Hillary Clinton first.
Calling Hillary Clinton a “candidate of yesterday” whose friends in government had shielded her from facing criminal charges over her email scandal, he said: “She is likely to be under investigation for quite a while and quite likely face a criminal trial.”
Trump went on to say that he would scrap Obamacare, which he described as an “international joke,” and restore honesty in the federal government. He also pledged to rebuild the military, defeat the Islamic State, and to end illegal immigration, building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
While Clinton appears to have a clear advantage in states that could give her the 270 electoral votes she needs to take the White House, Donald Trump, who is closing the gap in the polls, is close enough to win the presidency if he continues gaining ground in a few key states.
“The reason the media missed the rise of Trump is that they were out of touch with the anger and frustration of so many voters, especially working-class Americans,” writes Howard Kurtz in a Fox News article. “And even now, there is too little empathy for these voters and too little understanding of what motivates them, especially in certain precincts of New York, Washington and L.A.”
According to a New York Times editorial, from the moment he entered the race, “it became clear that Mr. Trump’s views were matters of dangerous impulse and cynical pandering rather than thoughtful politics. Yet he has attracted throngs of Americans who ascribe higher purpose to him than he has demonstrated in a freewheeling campaign marked by bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims.”
The only thing certain in these 2016 presidential elections is that it will be neck and neck to the finish line.
Sources: The Washington Times, Fox News, New York Times