COLORADO SPRINGS — In his latest proposal to “drain the swamp” in Washington, Donald Trump on Tuesday called for an amendment to the Constitution to implement term limits on members of Congress.
Trump has previously suggested he wants term limits, and on Tuesday he provided no details on what the limitation would be or how he would go about pushing for the constitutional amendment. But Trump said that term limits and other reforms are needed to “end the cycle of corruption” in Washington.
“The time for congressional term limits has finally arrived. Not only will it end our government corruption, but we will end the economic stagnation that we’re in right now. No growth,” Trump said at a rally at the Norris-Penrose Event Center here in Colorado Springs on Tuesday afternoon.
The night before, Trump introduced a series of reforms on lobbying in Washington during a rally in Green Bay, Wis. Trump said that he would ban executive branch officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after leaving the government and would never allow senior officials to lobby on behalf of a foreign government. Trump said he would ask Congress to pass a similar ban for former members of Congress and their staff members. Trump said he would also expand the definition of lobbyist to include those who label themselves as consultants and advisers and would push for campaign finance reform to prevent registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in U.S. elections.
The rest of Trump’s speech was largely the same one that he has given at several rallies in recent days. He again criticized his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server while secretary of state and called for her to face harsh consequences. He mocked Clinton for spending time this week preparing for the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, even though he’s also preparing for the debate this week, according to his aides.
Trump accused reporters of discouraging his supporters from voting on Election Day, and he criticized the “dishonest media” for covering “phony accusations” against him instead of just focusing on emails involving Clinton that were obtained in a hack and released by WikiLeaks.
Trump is scheduled to hold a second rally on Tuesday afternoon in Grand Junction, Colo., and then travel to Las Vegas for the debate. In Colorado, Clinton has been ahead of Trump in polls for weeks, sometimes by double digits.