In the past week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has suffered two major leaks pertaining to his campaign. The first preceded his vice presidential announcement, while the second has come just hours before his acceptance speech Thursday evening.
As of now, multiple news outlets have attained leaked copies of what amounts to Trump’s most important speech yet, his acceptance of the GOP nomination. While the motives for the leak are not yet clear, political opponents of Trump have seized on the opportunity to deflate his big moment.
Correct the Record, a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, released full copies of the text — drawn from a teleprompter script — to reporters.
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“So as if this convention hasn’t been enough of a failure for Trump, somehow he let US get ahold of his full remarks before the speech,” said Brad Woodhouse, president of Correct the Record, in his email to reporters. “Enjoy — we will be sending out our analysis of his lies before the speech so you can watch something else if you like,” he snarkily added.
Correct the Record went on to publish a supposed “fact check” of Trump’s speech, with Clinton’s own press secretary, Brian Fallon reportedly tweeting, “Check it out.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately issue a statement on the matter; however, a spokesman for the campaign confirmed there was at least some degree of authenticity. According to The New York Times, “A spokesman for Mr. Trump confirmed that the text represented a draft of his speech, but would not confirm if it was the most current iteration of the address.”
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Around 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, the Trump campaign released excerpts from his upcoming address that matched statements made in the leaked draft.
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