Posted: 8:22 pm Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
With some fresh momentum courtesy of the FBI’s extra review of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State, Donald Trump has also benefited from some message discipline of his own, as the Republican nominee has so far avoided going off course in the final days of this campaign.
“She is the candidate of yesterday,” Trump said of Clinton at a rally in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “We are the movement of tomorrow.”
While Clinton has scrambled in recent days to find some way to put Trump on the defensive, Trump has managed to avoid any unforced errors that so bedeviled his campaign this year, as the GOP nominee has kept his focus on Clinton.
“She lied so many times to the FBI,” Trump said of Clinton and her email investigation.
“Hillary is the one who engaged in a corrupt pay for play scheme,” Trump added.
Clinton – appearing with Alicia Machado – and Obama both hammered Trump today for his treatment of women. So far, he has not taken the bait
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 1, 2016
Trump was more "on message" tonight than at any rally since the convention. He didn't take any of Hillary's bait / has momentum and feels it
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) November 2, 2016
Since stepping all over the introduction of his “Contract With the American Voter” almost two weeks ago in Pennsylvania – when he made news by vowing to sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct – Trump has embraced his teleprompter and has remained on message.
After the FBI’s announcement last Friday that it was taking a look at new emails held by a top Clinton aide, Trump has zeroed in on that matter, Obamacare, illegal immigration, and jobs – and not made news at his rallies with any off-pitch outbursts.
Trump’s campaign unveiled a closing television ad on Tuesday – “Choice” – which tries to boil the campaign down to a simple either-or decision.
As for Clinton, she tried to bait Trump by having the Miss Universe that Trump had once labeled, “Miss Piggy,” join her for an event in Florida, as Clinton tried to turn the campaign back to his statements about women.
“He thinks belittling women makes him a bigger man,” Clinton said at a rally in Florida. “He doesn’t see us as full human beings.”
The Clinton campaign also unveiled their own new ad as well – focusing directly on that issue – Trump’s treatment of women.
President Obama also lent his voice to that effort, as he started four straight days of campaign stops for Clinton.
“This is a lifetime of calling women pigs and dogs and slobs,” Mr. Obama said told a rally in Ohio.
Trump, though, wasn’t responding to Clinton or the President, as better polling numbers rolled in for the GOP nominee again on Tuesday.
“Now we’re one week away – one week – from the change you’ve been waiting for your entire life,” Trump said.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.