Trump: Media brushes off Clinton's 'pay-for-play'

While the media portrays Trump as 'sullen and erratic', Trump points out the hypocrisy of burying reports of Clinton back-scratching.

Rachel Kaplan, | updated: 22:59

Donald Trump on the campaign trail
Donald Trump on the campaign trail
Reuters

In its Sunday paper, The New York Times besmirched Donald Trump as "beyond coaching," citing unnamed inside sources, in an article titled "Inside the Failing Mission to Save Donald Trump from Himself."

Trump, who has been maligned by the media since the beginning of the presidential race, is fed up with the media bias.

"Maybe we'll start thinking about taking away their press credentials," he said at a Saturday night rally in Fairfield, Connecticut. "When they write dishonest stories we should be a little bit tough." Trump has been calling for the banning of The Times since August 1.

Citing unverifiable sources, the article calls Trump "sullen and erratic," claiming he grumbles about "how he was better off following his own instincts during the primaries."

In a wry tweet, Trump rejected the suggestion that he's not having fun.

Jason Miller, Trump's campaign's senior communications adviser, says The Times skewed his statement, using only a part of it.

"This is why the American public feels that there is such strong media bias against Mr. Trump's campaign. Whiny, off-the-record naysayers don't count as legitimate observers," Miller said in the statement.

"The reality is, Mr. Trump is effectively delivering messages of economic growth and defeating radical Islamic terrorism in front of enthusiastic, overflow capacity crowds, while Hillary Clinton takes in-campaign vacations. That's a big contrast," he said. "Our campaign will continue to use focused, policy-driven events in combination with massive rallies that all feature our greatest asset: Mr. Trump and his message of breaking up the rigged system in Washington."

Though The Times claims it interviewed Republicans "who are close to Mr. Trump or in communication with his campaign," " Trump rejects his naysayers as "non-existent."

The Donald's response comes after left-wing media almost ignored a revelation on Tuesday that the Clinton Foundation may have had an illegal relationship with the State Department while Hillary was Secretary of State.

On Tuesday, Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, released 296 pages of emails, which it obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The emails raised questions about the Clinton Foundation's influence on the State Department.

"A couple of very bad ones came out and it's called pay-for-play and some of these were really, really bad -- and illegal. If it's true, it's illegal. You're paying and you're getting things," Trump said Wednesday as he campaigned in Virginia.

Trump's "pay-for-play" refers to several of the more risque emails which were revealed, such as one wherein top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band asked Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's top aides at the State Department, to find someone a job in the department. In another case, he asked Abedin to put a billionaire Clinton Foundation donor in contact with a State Department official in Lebanon.

Trump called the latest breach of protocol "very serious stuff" and "illegal."

The Clinton campaign brushed the accusations off as "a false statement that overreaches and hope it changes the conversation from his comments yesterday casually inciting violence," in the words of Clinton spokesman Josh Schwerin, in a jab at Trump for his infamous "Second Amendment" joke.

The Clinton story has since been buried in a wash of articles about tax returns and Trump's right-to-use-arms gaffe.

Trump, for his part, isn't buying the leftist slant of the campaign coverage.




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