NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, August 8, 2016, 3:42 PM
Donald Trump is clearly abreast of the country’s financial woes.
The gaffe-prone GOP nominee’s campaign reset got off to boob-burdened beginning Monday, as the mogul’s first big economic policy speech was repeatedly interrupted by more than a dozen protesters, remained ridden with the same empty tropes for which he’s been endlessly criticized and even featured a jaw-dropping salty slip of the tongue.
At a nearly-one-hour-long speech at the Detroit Economic Club designed to put some distance between Trump and the disastrous week he just endured, the dirty-minded dealmaker outlined his economic platform, painting it with the same-old anti-Hillary Clinton rhetoric and detail-devoid rants.
But in a stimulating Freudian slip, Trump injected some good, old-fashioned sex appeal, too.
“Our lower business tax will also end job killing corporate inversions and cause trillions in new dollars and wealth to come pouring into our country and, by the way, into titties like right here in Detroit,” Trump said inadvertently, waking up many members of the mostly-male audience during his otherwise snoozy speech.
Trump, reading from a teleprompter, likely had meant to say “cities.”
But aside from his one mammary-tinged moment, the big-mouthed billionaire largely stuck to his tired script of bashing Clinton.
Donald Trump’s speech at the Detroit Economic Club was meant to refocus his campaign on legitimate policy issues after a bizarre couple of weeks following the Republican National Convention.
“She is the candidate of the past. Ours is the campaign of the future,” Trump said of Clinton. “Every policy she has tilts the playing field at your expense.”
“Her rhetoric … seeks to divide us and pull us apart,” Trump said. “My policies… put the American people first.”
Trump was interrupted by jeering protesters at least 14 times, throughout the speech, but still tried barreling through a list of broad proposals to stimulate economic growth, including cutting the federal corporate tax rate, calling for a moratorium on new economic regulations and repeating his opposition to international trade deals like NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
At various points through his lengthy tirades, Trump appeared exasperated with the repeated interruptions. One woman, before she was escorted out, chanted “tiny hands, tiny hands,” as the mogul frowned uncomfortably.
“It’s all very well planned out,” Trump said after security had led several protesters out at one point. An organization called the Michigan People’s Campaign later claimed responsibility for the protests.
But instead of hitting back at the demonstrators with ideas or policy specifics, Trump would just fire on Clinton again, even criticizing her tenure as a U.S. senator from New York — a chapter in her extensive experience he hasn’t typically broached.
A demonstrator is led away as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an economic policy speech to the Detroit Economic Club. Trump was interrupted at least 14 times.
“She was all talk, no action. Upstate New York is a disaster,” he said before tying his shallow observation to NAFTA, “which her husband signed,” he said “and is a very, very big reason why.”
And while Trump offered a small handful of numbers, like saying he’d cut the federal corporate tax rate to 15%, he failed to explain where the gaps in revenue would be made up, instead simply and characteristically promising that he would provide more details soon.
Trump’s speech had been meant to serve as a much-needed campaign reset with the hopes of recapturing voter support after a disastrous few weeks in which he repeatedly attacked the Muslim-American parents of a fallen U.S. soldier, refused to endorse conservative darling House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) against his primary challenger, appeared to encourage Russian hackers to look into Hillary Clinton’s emails and suggested he might not come to the defense of NATO allies.
Combined with Clinton’s successful Democratic National Convention, Trump has fallen mightily in a slew of national and swing-state polls as prominent Republicans have defected in droves, telling various media outlets that they would vote for Clinton.
In fact, turmoil within the Trump camp grew so rampant last week that Republican leaders reportedly began looking into ways to replace the loudmouth at the top of its presidential ticket if he were to abandon his bid.
And on Monday, underscoring increasing unhappiness within the party with its nominee, a little-known former CIA operative launched a third-party independent bid to try to capture disaffected conservatives.