Clinton Blasts Trump, Trump Blasts Clinton
This time of year, it’s speeches on speeches and tweets on tweets.
Hillary Clinton has called Donald Trump dangerous when it comes to social issues and foreign policy, someone who shouldn’t have his finger on the button for nuclear weapons. “You might think that because he has spent his life as a businessman, he'd be better prepared to handle the economy,” she said. “Well, it turns out, he's dangerous there, too. Just like he shouldn’t have his finger on the button, he shouldn’t have his hands on the economy.” According to Clinton, Trump’s not a safe choice in any way.
Clinton targeted Trump’s plans for the economy Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. This was an important move considering Trump has frequently referenced his experience as a businessman as proof he can help improve the U.S. economy. As many others have done, Clinton criticized Trump for products like Trump ties, steaks, and furniture, all of which were created outside the United States. She also ripped apart his history of bankruptcies. Trump has had at least six ventures go bankrupt.
“One of John McCain’s former economics advisers actually calculated what would happen to our country if Trump gets his way,” she said. “He described the results of a Trump Recession: we’d lose 3.5 million jobs, incomes would stagnate, debt would explode, and stock prices would plummet.” This economist was Mark Zandi, who has in fact advised both Democratic and Republican politicians on the economy. He also contributed $2,700 to the Clinton campaign, as much is allowed by a single donor.
Trump has referred to himself as the “king of debt” and Clinton also hit on this, saying he would borrow money and then if the economy crashed he’d make a deal. Trump’s talk about renegotiating deals and taking up discounts has worried and confused economists who have said it would destroy the U.S.’s credit.
Despite Clinton’s biting speech, Trump still has the support of the people. According to a CNN/ORC poll, 51 percent of voters believe Trump would do a better job with the economy than Clinton. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus roasted Hillary right back: “The closest Hillary Clinton has come to business success was putting her office at the State Department up for sale to foreign donors and special interests.”
Trump, of course, fired back on his own, taking aim at Clinton’s questionable character and motivations. He said she “may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States” and accused her of using the State Department as her own “personal hedge fund.” He also threw out the accusation that somehow she had given China millions of American jobs for cash in return.
In an apocalyptic tone that has become typical of Trump, he envisioned a Clinton presidency as the end. “We will lose jobs, we will lose employment, we will lose taxes. We will lose everything. We will lose our country.”
He was also critical of Clinton’s shaky record on foreign policy. He said she’d spread “death, destruction, and terrorism everywhere she touched” and “cost America thousands of lives and trillions of dollars – and unleashed ISIS across the world.” Trump made the unsupported claim that he was “among the earliest to criticize the rush to war” when in fact he said he supported the invasion of Iraq in a Howard Stern interview in 2002.
The responses and critiques quickly moved to Twitter. Trump wrote, “How can Hillary run the economy when she can’t even send emails without putting the nation at risk?”
Clinton continued to focus on Trump’s bankruptcies with “Fact: No major company has filed for Chapter 11 more often in the last 30 years than @realDonaldTrump’s casinos.” Hillary often uses Trump’s quotes against him. Here’s another tweet: “Trump says, ‘I love playing with debt.’ Someone should tell him our economy is not a game.”
With all of these direct, roast-style speeches, we’re itching to see the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the first debate won’t be held until Monday, September 26, presuming they both become their parties’ nominees. Clinton, for one, is “so looking forward” to taking to the stage beside Trump. “I think it would be a singular moment in American history, because I think I’ll have a chance to make clear why I believe why he is not qualified and temperamentally unfit to be president.” Until then, we’re sure to see plenty of targeted speeches and fiery tweets.