FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Crooked Hillary Clinton. The dishonest media. Incompetent Barack Obama.
Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, busted out his greatest hits at a campaign rally in Fairfield, Conn., at Sacred Heart University on Saturday night, though it might not help him in the election.
Trump has seen his poll numbers slide since the Republican National Convention, as questions have arisen about his temperament. He got into a war of words with a family who lost their son in Iraq, encouraged Russia to hack the Democratic National Committee, said supporters of the 2nd Amendment could do something if Clinton became president and said Obama was the "founder of ISIS."
In Saturday's speech, Trump repeated the founder of ISIS line and said Obama was also the MVP of ISIS. He also brought up Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
"Oh, I'm so glad they found that dress," Trump said.
Throughout the speech, Trump attacked the media, launching into extended attacks on CNN and The New York Times for what he called unfair coverage of his campaign. His supporters frequently turned to the press area, booing and heckling reporters. Trump openly mused about revoking the Times' credentials to cover him, noting he had already revoked The Washington Post's credentials.
"I'm not running against Crooked Hillary Clinton," Trump told the crowd. "I'm running against The Crooked Media."
Trump criticized Hillary Clinton, his Democratic challenger, about her missing emails and claimed she would raise taxes by more than $1 trillion if she became president. When the crowd chanted "Lock Her Up," Trump said he was initially focused on beating her in the election but said that wasn't a bad idea. He also referred to Clinton as "Hillary Rotten Clinton," instead of "Hillary Rodham Clinton."
Trump's sharpest criticisms was saved for Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. Trump, who called him "Danno," ripped Malloy for General Electric's decision to move out of Fairfield to Massachusetts. He told the people of Fairfield that they couldn't move if they wanted to, because their home values were so low, and said Connecticut residents were soon to be the most taxed in the nation.
Though Trump is hoping to win Connecticut, it will be a tough challenge. George H.W. Bush was the last Republican to win Connecticut in 1988. Obama won Connecticut by 18 points in 2012.
The most recent poll, taken in June by Qunnipiac University had Clinton up 7 points. Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina are seen as more must-win states for Trump.
Trump, who owns an estate in Bedford, also owns Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Stormville andTrump National Westchester in Briarcliff Manor. The Trump name also adorns Trump Tower At City Center in White Plains, Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, Trump Park Residences in Yorktown and the Donald J. TrumpState Park on the Westchester/Putnam border.
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