During a Friday rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Donald Trump took several of the criticisms lobbed at him during what was a rough week for his campaign and redirected them at his opponent Hillary Clinton.
A big theme of Trump’s speech was that Clinton was “unhinged” and has a bad temperament, which he said makes her unfit for the presidency.
“She’s really pretty close to unhinged,” he said. “You’ve seen it, you’ve seen it a couple of times. The people in the background know it, the people that know her know it. And she’s like an unbalanced person.”
Trump’s characterization of Clinton echoed the reasoning several prominent GOPers, security and foreign policy officials gave in denouncing Trump this week, including ex-CIA director Michael Morell, who cited Trump’s “overreaction to perceived slights” as a reason why he can’t support him.
Trump also called Clinton a “dangerous liar” several times during his rally. He cited her comments earlier this week that FBI Director James Comey said she’d been truthful with both the public and the FBI about her private email server use. The Washington Post found that be untrue, and Clinton said Friday that she’d “short-circuited” that argument.
Trump himself was caught telling a falsehood this week when he said he saw a video of American officials delivering $400M for ransom for hostages in Iran. He appeared to walk back that claim earlier Friday on Twitter.