Hillary Clinton went after Donald Trump’s business record in Atlantic City in front of the shuttered Trump Plaza casino Wendesday, taking aim at the real estate magnate’s numerous bankruptcies and their effect on the struggling resort town. Clinton also cited the presumptive Republican nominee’s record of stiffing contractors as she made the case that Trump would harm the working class as commander in chief.
Before a crowd of roughly 500 people, Clinton pointed to Trump’s comments when he said “the money I took out of there was incredible.”
“That says everything you need to know about how Donald Trump does business,” Clinton said. “It’s not about what he can build. It’s about how much he can take. He did it again just this morning. He went on Twitter and said, “I made a lot of money in Atlantic City and left.” He got rich and got out, and he thinks that’s something to be proud of.
“And he didn’t just take advantage of investors. He took advantage of working people.”
Trump had laid the blame for Atlantic City’s downturn on its Democratic city council and two Democratic state legislators earlier that morning. Clinton, however, pointed not just to the Plaza’s closure but to reports that Trump failed to uphold agreements with contractors that worked on his properties in the city.
“He owed 3.9 million dollars to a company that supplied marble for his properties,” she said. “That business had to shut down, and eventually, the owner had to file for personal bankruptcy. Donald Trump might not think going bankrupt is a big deal – but it’s devastating if you’re someone who plays by the rules.”
The former secretary of state also pointed to the ongoing outcry over the former reality star’s Trump University, which offered unaccredited degrees at exorbitant prices. Clinton also pointed to Trump’s comments during a debate last year, when he said that he would eliminate the federal minimum wage.
Governor Chris Christie also got a mention, with Clinton taking a jab at his unsuccessful presidential campaign and hopes of getting the VP nod from Trump.
“If your governor will start doing his job instead of following Donald Trump around, holding his coat, maybe we could really get New Jersey’s economy moving again,” she said.
Clinton returned to Trump’s proposed economic policies, echoing her previous remarks at an appearance in Camden County in May when she said that Trump would “give a huge tax cut to millionaires like himself, add trillions to the national debt, default on our national debt – just like he defaulted on his business debt.
“He says he’s for the working men and women of America. But Trump furniture is made in Turkey – he could have made it in Lakewood, New Jersey.”
Clinton shook hands with striking casino workers from the Trump Taj Mahal on her way from the stage. Her primary opponent Bernie Sanders had previously delivered a speech at the same venue, where he delivered blistering criticism of Taj Mahal owner Carl Icahn for making deep cuts to workers’ pension and health benefits to keep the casino from closing.