Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Greensboro on Friday, October 14, discussing foreign policy, his economic plans, Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton, and his sexual assault allegations.
The rally was held at the White Oaks Amphitheater, the same venue President Obama spoke at on October 11.
Trump began by offering condolences for Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in North Carolina.
“I’d also like to take this moment to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone recovering in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Matthew,” Trump said. “The incredible spirit of the people of this state will power its recovery, and it’s the same spirit that will rebuild our nation. I have property in this state, this is a great state.”
Trump then restated his intentions to bring jobs back, praising North Carolina’s departed furniture industry.
“In the Trump administration we will end decades of policies that enrich special interests and foreign countries at our expense,” Trump stated. “We’re going to take on the big media, big business, and big donors that are bleeding our country dry. We’re losing our jobs.”
Trump stated his intent to repeal Obamacare, and discussed its shortcomings, calling it a failure and a disaster.
“We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare, 100 percent,” Trump said. “Premiums are soaring double digits in North Carolina, beyond anybody’s wildest expectations… Your country will be left with only one insurer… Obamacare if failing, we’re going to repeal it and we’re going to replace it.”
He also attacked Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton, restating his assertions of the former Secretary of State’s wrongdoing. He accused her of covering up her email scandal, and of collusion between her campaign and the investigation, citing the recent WikiLeaks as his source.
“For what she’s done, they should lock her up, they should. It’s disgraceful… The Hillary Clinton documents released by WikiLeaks make more clear than ever just how much is at stake on November the eighth. WikiLeaks released new Clinton campaign e-mails revealing how friendly Hillary was with the attorney general, Loretta Lynch.”
Trump also restated his threat to lock up Clinton should be become president.
“It’s one more reason that if I win I will ask my Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor,” Trump stated. “And we also have to investigate the investigation itself.”
Trump also criticized Clinton’s economic ties, accusing her of corruption owing to her donation sources.
“Saudi Arabia paid Bill Clinton a lot of money to make a speech and then got an arms deal from Hillary and her State department that they were unable to get. The nation of Qatar also kicked in $1 million for Bill Clinton’s birthday party, so nice. But, as WikiLeaks showed the Clinton’s ripped off the people of Haiti as they were suffering and dying after the earthquake.”
Trump also accused the media of corruption, calling it a ‘lobbyist’ for Clinton and unfairly attacking him.
“The corrupt media is trying to do everything in their power to stop our movement… And no paper is more corrupt than the failing New York Times. The good news is it is failing, it won’t be around too much longer. But they are really, really bad people.”
Trump restated his denial of the accusations of sexual assault, calling the women liars and attention-seekers. He also suggested that the accusations resulted from conspiracy against him by the Clinton campaign.
“These are lies being pushed by the media and the Clinton campaign to try and keep their grip on our country. They are all false, they’re totally invented, fiction… They have no witnesses, there’s nobody around,” Trump said. “They just come out. Some are doing it for probably a little fame… Now suddenly after many, many years, phony accusers come out less than a month before one of the most important elections in the history of our country.”
Trump also spoke on his plans to rebuild the military, citing its necessity as a show of strength as a key reason.
“We are going to repeal the Obama-Clinton defense sequester and we are going to rebuild the military of the United States which is very, sadly, depleted,” Trump stated. “When it comes to keeping America safe, I believe in three very important words, peace through strength, right.”
Trump also restated his plans for foreign policy, including renegotiating NAFTA, standing up to China, tightening the Mexican border, and building the wall. He also voiced his support for large tax cuts, Second Amendment rights, religious liberty defense, and the end of Common Core education.
“We’re going to make history together, you’re going to look back at the election, on November eighth, and you’re going to say it is the most important vote you’ve ever cast because that’s when our country started working again,” Trump said in conclusion. “That’s when our country became safe again. That’s when our country became strong again and rich again. And we will make America great again.”
There were also reports of a protester being struck by attendees while being escorted out following his brief demonstration. Video footage is available of the protester being struck by two attendees and put in a headlock by a third until assisted by police.
The protester was not identified by subsequent news articles, and no arrests were made in connection with the incident.