Donald Trump disassembled his teleprompter during a North Carolina rally on Friday night, in the same week that he boasted on Twitter Tuesday about having his “shackles off”.
The Republican nominee, who saw further accusations of groping on Friday from two different women, responded by trashing the media. Speaking to a crowd in Greensboro, North Carolina, he seemed to allege that the New York Times was part of a Mexican conspiracy to undermine him.
“The largest shareholder in the Times is Carlos Slim,” Trump said. “Now, Carlos Slim comes from Mexico. He’s given many millions of dollars to the Clintons and their initiative.” In Trump’s conclusion, “reporters of the New York Times, they’re not journalists, they’re corporate lobbyists for Carlos Slim and for Hillary Clinton”.
The Republican nominee denounced the media in more abstract terms in his rally in Charlotte, insisting that the press was responsible for “rigging the system” as well as the coming election.
The Republican nominee also insisted that he could not have sexually harassed Jessica Leeds, a businesswoman who said Trump groped her on a 1979 flight because Leeds was unattractive. “Believe me – she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you."