ALBANY - Donald Trump has downgraded upstate New York from a "war zone" to a "death zone."
The Republican presidential candidate took to the radio airwaves Thursday to bemoan the state of upstate New York, criticizing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her record as a senator representing New York.
During the interview with WGDJ-AM in Albany, Trump likened upstate New York to a "death zone" -- a month after he referred to it as a "war zone" during a speech in Virginia, pointing to it as a region hurt by the North American Free Trade Agreement.
"If you remember, when (Clinton) ran for the Senate, her whole campaign was based on she was going to bring jobs back to upstate New York and all these places that are dying, just absolutely dying," Trump said Thursday to host Fred Dicker. "And it turned out to be a total lie. Jobs have fled and right now, it's a death zone."
Trump repeated his claim that he can win New York, a heavily Democratic state that both Clinton and Trump call home.
Polls have consistently shown Clinton with a double-digit lead in New York, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2 to 1.
The Republican candidate touted his landslide victory in the state's April primary, promising to "play New York very heavy" during the general election push.
"Traditionally, a Republican wouldn't even come to New York to have dinner because there's zero chance," Trump said. "But I'm different in that sense."