Donald Trump on Friday accused Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, a part-owner of The New York Times and a six-figure donor to the Clinton Foundation, of being a meddling foreign bogeymen behind the troubling sexual harassment and assault accusations that have emerged this week.
During a mid-afternoon campaign rally in North Carolina, the Republican presidential nominee said the Times is out to get him, and cast Slim as the unseen hand pulling the strings of ‘corporate lobbyists’ masquerading as reporters.
‘The largest shareholder in the Times is Carlos Slim. Now Carlos Slim, as you know, comes from Mexico,’ Trump said. ‘He’s given many millions of dollars to the Clintons and their initiatives.’
Trump mentioned Slim’s nationality twice, as if to underscore Mexico’s adversarial posture toward his pledge to wall off America from its neighbor to the south.