Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE on Monday chided Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE for being “disloyal” to outgoing Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
At a town hall in Roanoke, Va., with running mate Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHaley hits the stump in South Carolina Mitch McConnell's great Trumpian miscalculation Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE, Trump said Wasserman Schultz helped to “rig the system” for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee during the primary.
“Whether you like her or not, she worked very, very hard to rig the system. Little did she know that China, Russia — one of our many, many friends — came in and hacked the hell out of us,” he said.
“I always knew she was highly overrated,” Trump continued. “But she just got fired. They said, ‘Debbie, you’re fired.’ ”
The Republican presidential nominee also charged that Clinton “knew what was going on.”
“She knew everything that was going on. She knew it was a rigged system, that Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal MORE never had a chance.”
Trump’s comments came just as the Democratic National Convention was scheduled to gavel in for the first day of business — with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the party's secretary, taking Wasserman Schultz’s place.
“Debbie was totally loyal to Hillary Clinton, and she threw her under the bus within five seconds,” Trump added.
“I don’t want [Clinton] covering my back.”
The drama follows a rough Sunday for the Florida Democrat, who said she would step down as DNC head at the end of the convention in Philadelphia this week.
Clinton’s campaign manager on Sunday questioned whether Russia may have been involved in the hack that stole the emails, though Trump on Monday called it laughable that Russia would aid his presidential campaign in such a way.