Trump calls for term limits for members of Congress, rails against press at Colorado Springs rally

Posted at 2:43 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 20:13:38-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Donald Trump served up a proposal to offer a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress in the first of two campaign stops planned in Colorado Tuesday.

He offered no details in Colorado Springs on his plans to institute term limits should he become president, and also said he’d put in place five-year bans on lobbying by members of Congress and their staff, among other bans he suggested dealing with the lobbying of and by both domestic and foreign governments.

But at his 3 p.m. rally in Grand Junction, Trump got into specifics on his term limit proposals, saying House members would be capped at 6 years and Senate members would be capped at 12 years.

Trump spoke at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs ahead of another rally planned for 3 p.m. in Grand Junction.

He continued to hammer “the media” as being dishonest and actively being “an extension” of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“Without the media and all the other corrupt entities that have helped her along the way, [Clinton would be nothing,” he told the crowd. “The press has created a rigged system and poisoned the minds of so many voters.”

Trump also continued to use emails taken from Clinton campaign director John Podesta’s email server and released by Wikileaks as fodder to promote his own campaign.

“The State Department was trying to cover up Hillary’s crime of sending classified emails,” Trump told supporters, calling the Wikileaks email dump “bigger than Watergate.”

Trump began his speech by recognizing Colorado Springs as an “amazing” military town before diving into the Wikileaks emails, Clinton’s debate preparation, illegal immigration, social services, the Second Amendment and his proposed tax rates.

He said under his presidency, the business tax would be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and that he would rewrite NAFTA, which he called “the worst deal in the history of the world.”

Trump said “nobody will do more” for African-American and Latino communities, said his administration was “going to take care of our veterans like they’ve never been taken care of,” and promised to “replace and repeal” the Affordable Care Act.

Trump said “his people” tell him he is going to win Colorado, despite the most recent polls all showing Clinton is up between 8 and 11 percentage points on Trump – something he also touched on.

“Even though we’re doing pretty good in the polls, I don’t believe in the polls anymore,” Trump said. “Believe me folks, we’re doing great.”

He implored voters to get out and vote on Nov. 8, saying people will look back at this election “and realize it was the most important vote you’ve ever made for anyone at any time.”

“This is your final shot,” Trump told people at the rally. “In four years, it’s over. It’s going to be a one-party system.”

After the speech, which lasted about 45 minutes, Trump left the rally to head to Grand Junction. That rally will be held at West Star Aviation at 3 p.m. Doors opened at noon. It will be streamed live below.


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