Hillary Clinton hammered Donald Trump with one sentence that destroyed his image and highlighted the GOP nominee’s deadbeat ways.
Former Sec. Clinton said:
Donald Trump has a different approach. He calls himself the King of Debt. And his tax plan sure lives up to that name. According to the independent Tax Policy Center, it would increase the national debt by more than $30 trillion over 20 years. That’s ‘trillion’ with a ‘t.’ It’s much, much more than any nominee of either party has ever proposed. An economist described it with words ‘not even in the universe of the realistic.’
And how would he pay for all this debt? He said, and I quote, ‘I would borrow, knowing if the economy crashed, you could make a deal. It’s like, you know, you make a deal before you go into a poker game.’
Well actually, it’s not like that at all.
The full faith and credit of the United States is not something we just gamble away. That could cause an economic catastrophe. And it would break 225 years of ironclad trust if the American economy has with Americans and the rest of the world. Alexander Hamilton would be rolling in his grave. You see, we pay our debts – that’s why investors come here even when everything else in the world goes wrong.
You don’t have to take it from me. Ronald Reagan said it, ‘We have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility – two things that set us apart from much of the world.’
Now maybe Donald feels differently because he made a fortune filing bankruptcies and stiffing his creditors. I’ll get to his business practices in a minute, but the United States of America doesn’t do business Trump’s way.
And it matters, it matters when a presidential candidate talks like this, because the world hangs on every word our President says. The markets rise and fall on those statements. Even suggesting that the United States would default would cause a global panic.
Trump is running his presidential campaign in the same manner that he would run the country. He expects the Republican Party to pick up the tab, while he is funneling money from the campaign into his own businesses. Trump has already promised not wall off his private businesses from his public duties if he wins the White House, so it is clear that Trump would use the presidency to make more money for himself.
Clinton nailed it with one sentence. Donald Trump’s way of doing business is not to pay his bills. America can’t stiff its creditors. If every American behaved like Trump has, the US economy would collapse.
Hillary Clinton is taking apart Trump piece by piece, and by the time she is done all that will be left of Trump’s legacy will be a tarnished brand name and some reruns of The Apprentice.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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