NEW YORK — Donald Trump sought to regain control of his campaign narrative Wednesday by turning attention away from the turmoil roiling his operation and onto his likely general election opponent Hillary Clinton.
Clinton is “a world-class liar,” Trump said during a speech in New York. “Just look at her pathetic email and server statements … or her phony landing in Bosnia, where she said she was under attack but the attack turned out to be young girls handing her flowers.”
The speech comes as Trump tries to get back on offense after weeks of self-inflicted wounds that included racially charged criticism of a judge overseeing a case related to Trump University and a controversial response to the Orlando, Fla., terror attack.
Trump has come under withering criticism from Clinton and prominent Democratic surrogates including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and has sometimes struggled to counter the assault.
Clinton gave a scorching speech Tuesday where she repeatedly criticized Trump’s business competence, which is at the heart of his public persona.
“A few days ago, he said, ‘I’m going to do for the country what I did for my business,'” Clinton said during her speech in the crucial battleground state of Ohio. “So let’s take a look at what he has done. He’s written a lot of books about business — they all seem to end at Chapter 11.”
Trump used the speech to paint Clinton as someone who is out of touch with American workers and has enriched herself “at America’s expense.”
“She gets rich making you poor,” he said.
Trump said he is seeking the White House to “end the unfairness and to put you, the American worker, first. It’s about time.”
He issued a direct appeal early on in his speech to the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders by slamming a “rigged system” and urging them to support his campaign to “fix the system for all Americans.”