Donald Trump spoke a little more positively about the FBI on Friday than he has in the recent past.
“I need to open with a very critical breaking-news announcement,” Donald Trump told a crowd in a hotel ballroom in Manchester, New Hampshire, today. The news that the F.B.I. had discovered more e-mails related to Hillary Clinton’s case had spread through the room a few minutes earlier, and as Trump, his voice grave, parcelled out what he knew the audience cheered in anticipation; it already knew where his story was heading.
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before,” Trump said. “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.” The audience chanted, “Lock her up!” That gave way to a chant about Washington in general: “Drain the swamp!” Trump said that the news was so big his advisers had suggested that he scrap the Manchester event. He expressed some ambivalence about giving his speech, because after the news it must seem “so boring.” The old electric feeling of Trump rallies was back: the sense that in this place something important was happening. He asked the crowd whether he should continue, and of course they shouted yes, and of course he did.
A weird inversion was taking place: Trump suddenly found much to praise in the establishment that he had previously, darkly insisted was out to get him. He applauded the “courage” of the F.B.I. to “right the horrible mistake that they made” in closing the investigation this summer. He described his “great respect” for the Bureau and said that he thought this would “save their great reputation.” He expressed optimism that “perhaps, finally, justice will be done.” The system, Trump said, “might not be as rigged as I thought.”
Trump took the news as a validation of what he has been saying throughout the campaign: that Hillary Clinton is corrupt, that she belongs in prison, and that he is bound to win. He said that he had been trying to explain Clinton’s corruption to voters, but that many of his lines were too arcane to stick. The ones that worked, he said, were about the thirty-three thousand e-mails she had “bleached,” and the phones she had destroyed, “many with a hammer”: concrete images helped. Now, with today’s news, Trump had another way of describing her violations that would be obvious to everyone. His speech was short by his standards, and energetic: there were none of the recent detours into grudges and dark premonitions.
Don’t forget. There’s still more material coming from Wikileaks.
Without those “Russian hackers” Hillary is always complaining about, the public would know nothing of just how rotten to the core the Clintons and those they surround themselves with ar.
In case you missed it, here’s that cute little girl going on her 30 second “epic rant” against Hillary Clinton:
Can you believe this child’s video was a story at the Daily Mail.