Hillary Clinton is now attacking Donald Trump in his sweet spot – his business acumen. Speaking at a large union convention, the Democratic frontrunner ripped into her likely opponent’s business record, warning that he “could bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies.”
“Trump economics is a recipe for lower wages, fewer jobs, and more debt,” she told the SEIU members of the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. “He could bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies.” She continued, “I mean, ask yourself, how could anybody lose money running a casino, really?”
Over the past few weeks, Clinton has focused her attacks on Trump’s foreign policy positions, casting him as a “loose cannon” who is dangerous to the security of the country. But now, the former Secretary of State has begun going after Trump’s business record. On “Meet the Press” a few days ago, she called on Trump to release his tax returns and suggested they may show he is less successful than he appears.
The line of attack is one Trump has seen before. His former Republican opponent Marco Rubio frequently called him out on this issue.
Clinton has also attacked Trump’s personality. “We need a president who will use the bully pulpit to stand up for working families,” she said. “But the last thing we need is a bully in the pulpit.”
In his defense, Trump has said that while businesses, including the Trump Taj Mahal, have used bankruptcy laws four times, he has never filed for bankruptcy personally.
Perhaps Mr. Trump might want to point out a little irony behind Mrs. Clinton’s sudden concerns over a growing debt. During the Obama presidency, the debt has increased by ten trillion dollars, more than the total debt rung up by the previous 43 presidents combined.
So Mrs. Clinton is concerned that Trump “could” bankrupt the nation. So here’s an obvious question. In Obama’s eight years of mounting ten trillion dollars of new debt, how many times did she voice concern or criticism? That would be zero.
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Liz Kreutz is a digital journalist for ABC News. She is assigned to the Hillary Clinton campaign for the duration of the 2016 election. Kreutz is a seasoned reporter in the fields of politics and entertainment.