Donald Trump returned to New Hampshire Friday where his race for president got its jump start, announcing to cheers that the FBI was taking another look at some new emails related to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“This is bigger than Watergate,” Trump told the crowd.
News about the FBI’s move broke moments before Trump’s rally, and Trump made it the highlight.
Trump also continued to hit issues aimed at broadening his appeal such as the plight of inner cities and the overtaxed and underemployed middle class. He promised to destroy the terrorist group ISIS and to suspend the influx of refugees from Syria.
Referring to himself, Trump said, “We’ve been waiting a long time for the right person. People are coming out that haven’t voted in years, and people who have never voted and yet they are great Americans. They just never saw anyone they wanted to vote for.”
Trump told supporters that the FBI reopened its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server. The FBI did not announce a reopening of the criminal probe; instead, the agency told Congress it is attempting to determine whether there is classified information in new emails discovered in an unrelated case.
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale that we have never seen before,” Trump said. “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.”
The FBI had investigated Clinton’s use of the server and although agents criticized as “extremely careless,” the agency did not bring charges.
“It might not be as rigged as I thought,” he joked, playing off his own assertion that the election may be rigged.
Trump is making New Hampshire a priority late in the campaign. Although it only has four electoral votes, when 270 votes are needed to win, he grabbed attention here in February by winning the first primary in the nation. Clinton lost the Democratic primary to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Stacy Ryan, 32, who drove to the rally from Newport, Rhode Island, with her daughter, Tinsley, who wore a “4-year-olds for Trump” cap, said Trump “has the best interests of the country at heart. He didn’t leave the billionaire life to be ridiculed by the media.”
After the rally, which drew more than 1,500 people to an old brick armory in Manchester, Trump’s schedule included rallies in Maine and Iowa.