Trump criticises Clinton for emails, talks employment in Sterling Heights
Sunday, just two days before Tuesday’s presidential election, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Sterling Heights, Mich.
More than 8,000 people attended the Trump rally, held at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater, the Detroit News reported.
The Michigan Daily was denied credentials to this event, as well as to the Trump campaign’s stops last week in Grand Rapids and Warren.
During his speech Sunday, Trump spoke to the crowd about a range of issues, including unemployment, taxes and immigration, according to Detroit News.
“In two days, we are going to win the great state of Michigan,” he said. “We will stop the jobs from leaving your state.”
Statewide polls previously gave Clinton a comfortable lead in Michigan, but the most recent averages by RealClearPolitics place her only five points ahead of Trump.
Clinton's drop in the polls came at the same time new information was disclosed by FBI Director James Comey nine days ago investigating possibly classified emails that could have included some of Clinton's emails. This information was released during a separate investigation of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Sunday evening, however, Comey published a new letter declaring the FBI found no criminality in the new emails, reaffirming the FBI’s verdict in July exonerating Clinton of any criminal behavior.
Nonetheless, Trump still continued to criticize Clinton on the email issue Sunday night.
"It’s a totally rigged system,” he said. “You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days. You can’t do it, folks."
Trump also criticized incoming refugees and immigrants. 25 percent of Sterling Heights residents were born in another country, according to The Detroit News, and Michigan was the top destination for Syrian refugees as of August, NBC News reported.
“Here in Michigan, you’ve seen firsthand the problems caused with the refugee program,” Trump said. “A Trump administration will not admit any refugees without the support of the local community where they are being placed.”
Trump’s visit comes amid a flurry of last-minute campaign events in Michigan by both major party candidates. Donald Trump Jr. will be in Detroit and Warren on Monday on behalf of his father, while Trump Sr. will make a last stop in Grand Rapids in his campaign’s last official rally.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is also focusing her efforts on Michigan. Surrogate President Barack Obama will be in Ann Arbor today alongside Chelsea Clinton, while Clinton herself will be at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids on Monday afternoon in her first visit to western Michigan in the presidential race.