With the announcement last Friday in the form of a written letter to Congress, FBI director James Comey changed the tone of the election. The big story dominating news cycles became Hillary Clinton’s email scandal once again, the last thing she wanted to happen given the proximity to Election Day. Previously all the bad attention had been on Trump, with Clinton riding the wave of his negative publicity starting with the release of his hot mic comments about women from a 2005 taping of Access Hollywood.
Clinton wants to change the tone
The polls have been tightening since the announcement from Comey last Friday, with the most recent RealClearPolitcs average putting Clinton just 2.2 points ahead of Trump. The Clinton campaign wants to change the news cycle away from the FBI investigation and her email scandal, and back to the issues with Trump and women.
One way they have tried to do this is with the release of a new video highlighting some of Trump’s most misogynist moments. It is titled "What He Believes" and features quotes of Donald Trump's which are offensive to women.
Watch the YouTube video below:
Clinton brings out Alicia Machado at rally
On Tuesday, Clinton held a rally in Dade City, Florida bringing out a familiar face. Clinton was introduced by former Miss Universe Alicia Machado in a clear attempt to try and steer the conversation and theme of the election back in her favor towards Trump's transgressions. Machado described how she was frightened of Trump and how he bullied her and called her names when she was Miss Universe.
He made fun of me and I didn't know how to respond. He told me that I looked ugly and I was massive. He even called me names. He said to me, Miss Piggy Miss Housekeeping, Miss Eating Machine. Soon, it became a joke. Alicia Machado was the fat Mrs. Universe. — Alicia Machado
Clinton continued along with this theme highlighting Trump’s mistreatment of women and inappropriate comments. The Clinton campaign does not want the public to forget all of these things about Donald Trump, and they are working hard to keep it out there.
When I think about what we now know about Donald Trump and what he has been doing for 30 years, he sure had spent a lot of time demeaning, degrading, insulting and assaulting women. — Hillary Clinton
Election Day fast approaching
With the election only a week away now, it is crunch time for both campaigns as they approach the home stretch. Trump got an unexpected boost from James Comey announcing the FBI's investigation into new evidence relating to Clinton’s email scandal. Hillary is going to have to fight to change the news on her own it seems. It appears her strategy to do this is going to be hammering home Trump’s treatment of women both in ads and in her speeches at rallies.