Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hit his opponent Hillary Clinton for taking part in "pay for play" activities after a batch of new emails emerged this week showing that the State Department gave preferential treatment to Clinton Foundation donors during her tenure.

During an event in Abingdon, Va., Trump took her on, comparing her actions to those of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who had his 14-year jail sentence upheld earlier in the week, meaning he will serve out the remaining eight years.

"I guess yesterday, 1,000 came out or some fairly vast number. ... A couple of very bad ones came out. It's called 'pay for play,' and some of these were really, really bad and illegal. If it's true, it's illegal. You're paying and you're getting things," Trump said. "I mean, I watched yesterday, because of the apprentice, Blagojevich, right? Gov. Blagojevich — 14 years in jail, and some people think okay, some people think it's crazy.

"But look what she's done: nothing. She's running for president. But it came out that her people pay for play, and very big stories today," Trump said. "The problem is, it'll be big stories for about two minutes and then they're going to drop it because the media is so totally dishonest."

When Clinton took over as secretary of state in 2009, she signed a pledge stating that the foundation's activities and her role as the nation's highest ranking diplomat wouldn't clash.

In one instance, Doug Band, a former top Clinton Foundation staffer, told two of Clinton's aides that it was "important to take care of" an individual, whose name was redacted from the emails.

In addition, Trump also took Clinton to task for the 33,000 missing emails from her server which she deemed to be private before deleting. He said that he really wants to see what was on those, which Clinton claims was mostly filled with personal items dealing with the wedding of her daughter Chelsea and yoga.

"When you look at what she's doing with her emails, 33,000 missing emails. ... It's very said," Trump said as "lock her up" chants erupted among supporters.

"Thirty-three thousand emails. That's a lot of yoga!" Trump said.