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Clinton to build out attack on Trump's business practices

July 07,2016 05:12

Now it's abandoned,” Clinton said on the Atlantic City Boardwalk after being introduced by a local whose business was not paid in full by Trump. “You can just make out the word 'Trump' where it used to be written in flashy lights. He had the letters ...



Hillary Clinton’s campaign will look to stay on offense on Thursday, bouncing its anti-Donald Trump message from her Wednesday rally in Atlantic City around the country.
Using a series of events in 10 states, Clinton's surrogates and allies will make the case that Trump’s business record is littered with projects that hurt Americans.Story Continued Below
Attempting to keep the focus on Trump during a week when Clinton escaped charges over her email arrangement while still being excoriated by FBI Chief James Comey, the presumptive Democratic nominee traveled to New Jersey on Wednesday to highlight one failed Trump project that she said represents the kind of damage he could do elsewhere.
“We’re standing in front of the Old Trump Plaza Casino and Hotel. Donald Trump once predicted, ‘It will be the biggest hit yet.’ Now it’s abandoned,” Clinton said on the Atlantic City Boardwalk after being introduced by a local whose business was not paid in full by Trump. “You can just make out the word ‘Trump’ where it used to be written in flashy lights. He had the letters taken down a few years ago."

“Now ask yourself: According to the Donald, isn’t he supposed to be some kind of amazing businessman?,” she later added. “So it’s fair to ask, since he’s applying for a job: what in the world happened here?"
On Thursday, the campaign will take Clinton’s case that Trump’s business dealings have enriched him at the expense of others to battleground states, including Florida, where the mayor of Miramar and the local leadership of the Service Employees International Union will appear in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Fort Lauderdale. There, according to a Clinton official, they will point to how that project ran out of funding and left investors with the bill — similar to the situation in Atlantic City.
In a high-profile stretch of days bookended by campaign appearances with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden — but likely defined by the final legal word in the email scandal and Republicans’ subsequent attacks — Clinton’s camp has highlighted examples of Trump projects where contractors or workers were not paid in full, painting the real estate developer as “in it for himself.”
“Remember what he promised: ‘I’m going to do for the country what I did for my business,’” Clinton said Wednesday. “Well, we should believe him — and make sure he never has the chance to bankrupt America the way he bankrupted his businesses.”
Among the Thursday events are a Nevada roundtable featuring local entrepreneurs and congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen, and an Iowa press call with state Attorney General Tom Miller and businessman Ravi Patel.
And in Minnesota, her campaign will feature union members — the kinds of voters whom Trump says he is targeting. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will hold a news conference with members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades to make the case there, while five local New Hampshire mayors will hold their own discussion.
Back in Washington, meanwhile, two members of Congress from New Jersey — the home state of Atlantic City — will be joined by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan as they gather outside Trump’s meeting with congressional Republicans in a move organized by the Democratic National Committee.
“Every voter in America deserves to know the truth about Donald Trump’s fraudulent business dealings that always seem to put him first at the expense of everyone else,” said a Clinton official, previewing the day to POLITICO. “They’ll hear the contrast between Trump’s record and Hillary Clinton’s belief that we’re stronger together with an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”

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