“Liar”. “Lucifer”. “Lock her up”. Republicans may have mixed feelings about nominating Donald Trump for the US presidency, but one thing they can all rally around is a deep dislike for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Convention speakers have “prosecuted” Clinton at a mock trial, accused her of being a serial liar and even linked her to the Devil himself.
Throughout the campaign, Trump has revelled in referring to his opponent as “Crooked Hillary”.
The most blistering assault at the Republican convention came on Tuesday night when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took on the role of prosecutor and put Clinton on trial “for her performance and her character”.
The audience responded with chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
But others have piled on. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told the crowd scandal follows Clinton and former president Bill Clinton “like flies.”
“She lied about her emails. She lied about her server. She lied about Benghazi. She even lied about sniper fire. Why, even she lied about why her parents named her Hillary,” McConnell said.
And yesterday, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said the airport meeting between former president Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch last month probably helped Clinton’s wife escape criminal charges over her use of a private email server.
He told ABC that Lynch “probably” gave Bill Clinton special information that helped his wife.
Manafort even tried to blame Clinton for the controversy over Melania Trump lifting passages of her convention remarks from a speech that Michelle Obama delivered in 2008.
“For people to try and disparage that speech and say that it was something that it wasn’t is once again politics,” he told Fox News. “It’s Hillary Clinton once again feeling threatened by a woman and trying to destroy the woman and demean her as a way of positioning her own fate.”
Perhaps the wildest attack came from former presidential candidate Ben Carson, who told the crowd that one of Clinton’s “role models”, community activist Saul Alinsky, “acknowledges Lucifer” in a 1971 book.
“So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?” Carson said.
“Think about that.”
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