In his first campaign appearance since Hillary Clinton's nomination, Republican candidate Donald Trump Friday bashed the Democrat's speech as "so average" and declared that "I'm taking the gloves off."
"I've been saying let's just beat her on November 8th," Trump said as supporters chanted "lock her up! lock her up!" at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo. "But you know what, I'm starting to agree with you."
The comment marked a change for Trump, who has refrained from joining in the chants — even during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland — instead encouraging supporters to vote on Election Day.
"It's interesting," Trump said at the University of Colorado. "Every time I mention her, everyone screams 'lock her up, lock her up.' They keep screaming. And you know what I do? I've been nice.
"But after watching that performance last night — such lies — I don't have to be so nice anymore," he said. "I'm taking the gloves off, right?
"Yes. Take the gloves off."
In her acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Clinton widely bashed Trump on everything from last week's remarks to his policies to his temperament.
But Trump was just as caustic about Clinton on Friday.
"She said something about the campaign: 'Donald Trump doesn't know how to campaign.' Something like that. I just beat 16 people — and I'm beating her."
Trump said that Clinton should have "done a class act" like congratulate him for bringing out record numbers of Republican voters.
"I was curious to see whether she'd do a class act and not mention my name or mention it with respect — like, say: 'I'd like to congratulate my Republican opponent for having done something that nobody has ever done in the history of politics in this nation.
"'And I would like to congratulate my opponent for having gotten more votes than anybody in the history of the Republican Party in the primary season,'" the developer said as the crowd cheered.
"I thought she might do something like that. I thought she'd give me a big fat beautiful congratulations.
"If she did that, would that have been cool? Would that have been great?"
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