On Saturday, Donald Trump gave his promised closing argument at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in an address that many said was too little too late.
Rather than concentrate on policy, he began and spent half of his address on subjects which all but overshadowed his policy positions. As has been one of his glaring weaknesses, he could not stay away from addressing the allegations made against him by multiple women about sexually inappropriate conduct.
Speaking about his woman accusers, he said
“They’re trying to poison the mind of the American voter. Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication, the events never happened — never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”
While the Republican nominee has complained about the press coverage that he is receiving, he continues to speak about the very subjects that he claims the press should not be covering, virtually assuring that those subjects continue to receive media attention, especially since they are among his most controversial.
This time, Trump went farther than normal as he attempted to tie the women to the undercover video that recently was released which showed Democratic operatives discussing how to get Trump supporters worked up at rallies.
“Just like we found out about these paid violent protesters, it was probably the DNC and the Clinton campaign that put forward these liars with their fabricated stories.
But we’ll find out about their involvement at a later date through litigation. And I look so forward to doing that.”
Trump continues to drown his populist message in the sea of controversial statements that he makes which have nothing to do with his message and which not only fuel his negative image, but also assure that the media spends less time on his policies.
That aside, the continuous threat of litigation — and in the case of Melania, actually engaging in litigation — is unprecedented for those seeking the nation’s top office. Presidents — Democrat and Republican alike — have been the subject of plenty of ridicule and false statements. Barack Obama, himself, has been subjected to years of objectively false statements, including from Trump, himself, when he spent years being the leader of the birther movement. Obama has never so much as imply that he would resort to litigation to silence his opponents.