“It’s time to drain the swamp,” Donald Trump said on Friday, adding that Democrats and other opponents are “playing politics” to distract voters from the real problems of America’s economy.
“The swamp is a drain on our country,” Trump said at the annual Republican Governors Association meeting.
“You have people that want to take the swamp and turn it upside down.
You have people who want to make the swamp bigger.
You don’t have people in this country who want their country to be great again.”
On Friday, the Trump campaign sent out a fundraising email that included a link to a video highlighting his campaign’s efforts to raise money for the party.
“In the wake of Donald Trump’s disastrous coronation in the 2016 elections, millions of Americans across the country have seen a dramatic increase in the number of grassroots organizations and volunteers, many of whom have been forced to spend the summer or fall months fundraising,” it said.
“Together, we’ve brought in more than $150 million in donations and more than 20,000 new volunteers.
We have more volunteers than ever before.”
Trump is now the second-highest-paid presidential candidate behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a review by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Clinton has already raised more than a quarter-billion dollars.
Trump, who has yet to release his tax returns, has said he plans to release more than 100,000, but only after he is in the White House.
His team said he has “no intention” of releasing the tax returns.
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, also suggested the campaign was under attack from Democrats and that his campaign was using the Republican National Convention to “bully and intimidate” Trump supporters.
“I’m not going to let this happen.
I don’t want to have to hear it.
We’re going to win.
We are going to bring back the swamp, and we are going do it the right way,” Lewandowski said.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the party’s chair, Reince Priebus, also criticized Trump for his comments.
Priebus wrote in an email that the GOP needs to stop “playing this game of trying to divide us.
It’s about winning the election.”
Trump also suggested in his fundraising email to supporters that his supporters were the ones who were being “bribed” by Democrats and liberals who “want to tear down the president.”
“The Democrats and their liberal allies are doing this to steal the presidency,” he said.
But Trump’s supporters, he continued, were “ready and willing” to help him.
“They are our real hope for the future,” he added.
“We are going for it.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the video, but Lewandowski later tweeted that the video was “a real time video of our campaign that we released on Thursday.”
Trump’s message was echoed by a second video released by his campaign, which included a message from Trump, “You don’t get elected to do what you want.
You get elected by the people you represent.”
“You can’t just say, ‘I’m going to do something, and I’m going do this.’
I know it’s not going be a very long time,” Trump told the crowd.
“This is a campaign.
We’ll see what happens.
You know what?
The people of this country are sick of being lied to, and they’re tired of being bullied and intimidated.
I am going to make America great again, and you are going in the right direction.”