No matter how the results of the election turn out on Nov. 8, Donald Trump will be residing on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
“It’s great, it’s great on Pennsylvania Avenue. I figure I’ll get there one way or the other,” joked Trump when speaking with Alex Marlow on Breitbart News Daily on Friday about his new hotel occupying the same street as the White House. “We hope it’s the way I’m doing now with the campaign.”
On Wednesday, Trump faced backlash from some media outlets about his decision to promote his new hotel during the final days of the election cycle. Most notably — as Marlow pointed out — CNN (or as he likes to call it, “Clinton News Network”) was quick to criticize the timing and decision.
“Amazing thing happened — I thought that it would be perfect timing — in fact, it just happened to be completed right before the election and I said, ‘Wow, what timing! That’s a gift’ because we built it under budget and ahead of schedule, which is something the government never does,” Trump added about the opening of Trump International Hotel. “So, I said, ‘You know, this is great, we have a building it’s one of the great — it’s going to be one of the great hotels of the world and one of the most beautiful buildings in the country, it’s a landmark.”
“So, I said, ‘Wow, this is great timing, even for the campaign,’ and so, we opened it and all I heard — now, you have to understand that I’ve been doing more campaigning probably they say than anybody maybe ever in terms of presidential,” Trump added.
“And they put out a narrative that ‘Donald Trump takes time off from his campaign,’ now Hillary Clinton goes home and stays there all day and she’ll come out for one event or two — not even two events, I mean she really rarely does two events because I don’t think she has the strength to do two events. But she’ll do very little by comparison, I’m not knocking it, I’m saying she’s got this machine behind her, the Democratic machine, that’s all it is, that’s what she’s got, and the media’s behind her so much. So she’ll do a very short session and go home and go to sleep. And they put out the narrative like I’m taking time off her campaign. Actually, I viewed it differently. The under budget, ahead of schedule was a very important thing.”
Trump also doubled down on his critique of the media’s portrayal of himself and his campaign.
“We have the right points and the press has been unbelievably unfair to us,” he said. “You’ll make a statement that is a perfect statement and they’ll find a way to make that statement, chop it up and make it bad. It’s incredible, actually, it’s incredible.”
Trump reiterated that Supreme Court nominations should “be the reason” conservatives vote for him.
“We’re going to pick justices in the mold of Judge Scalia, Justice Scalia — conservative, pro-life, we’re going to pick second amendment people, people who respect the second amendment,” Trump said, adding that he’s put out a “very important list” of 20 individuals deemed qualified for the job.
“She wants trade — so you lose your businesses and you lose your country if you do that,” Trump said of his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
He continued by explaining that the policies of NAFTA contributed to the shut down of factories across the country.
“Their jobs have been taken away, violently, viciously and maybe most important, stupidly,” Trump said. “And they’ve been shipped down to Mexico, their factories have been uprooted and moved to Mexico where they hire Mexicans to do the work. And then the product comes nicely into our country, no tax, no nothing. Well, that’s going to all change. You will see such change on that, it’s so easy to stop that from happening.”
“It is a movement, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Trump concluded. “This is a movement like no other… I’m the messenger, believe me, I’m the messenger. These are the forgotten people. These are great people, they shouldn’t be forgotten.”
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