Fightin' Hillary is back!
Donald Trump would send the American economy back into recession and cost millions of Americans their jobs, Hillary Clinton declared Tuesday during her first major economy-focused speech of the general election.
Speaking in a critical swing state that has struggled with the decline of American manufacturing, Clinton seemed to aim her message at the economically anxious — arguing that Trump is a false prophet who will leave America hurting, just like he has done for countless of people during his business career.
"We cannot let him bankrupt America like we are one of his failed casinos," Clinton said. "Those promises you're hearing from him at his campaign rallies? Those are the same promises he made to his customers at Trump University. And now they're suing him for fraud. The same people he's trying to get to vote for him are people he's been exploiting for years."
She pointed to 3,500 lawsuits and hundreds of liens against Trump, including many from people who claim Trump never paid them for services. "He made a fortune filing bankruptcies and skipping creditors," Clinton added.
"You might think that because he has spent his life as a businessman, he might be better prepared to handle the economy. it turns out, he's dangerous there, too," Clinton said. "Just like he shouldn't have his finger on the button, he shouldn't have his hands on the economy."
"Everything seems to be a game for him," she said. "This is his one move: He makes over-the-top promises...and then everything falls apart and people get hurt."
"Of course, Donald himself would get a huge tax cut under his plan. But we don't know exactly how much because won't' release his tax returns," she continued, underscoring her attempt to show that Trump's talk of looking out for the little guy is empty pandering.
Noting that every major presidential nominee in modern history has released his tax returns, Clinton wondered, "What's hiding in Trump's tax returns?" Maybe he paid a low tax rate, maybe he didn't give very much to charity, Clinton speculated, or "maybe he isn't as rich as he claims."
"Donald Trump never misses a chance to say Americans — he's talking about us — to say that Americans are losers and the rest of the world is laughing at us," she said, adding that Trump makes many of his own products in other countries. "Donald Trump believes in the worst of us."But if there's one line that is resonating the most, it's this one:
Clinton did not dwell much on her own policies — she'll go into more depth on those Wednesday during a speech in Raleigh, North Carolina. Instead, she contrasted her general approach to that of Trump's.
"I actually sweat the specifics because they matter," she said, noting that presidents' words can move markets. "I have this old fashioned idea that if you're running for president, you should say what you want to do."
Watch the full speech above, and keep an eye out for tomorrow's follow-up speech from Raleigh, North Carolina.Trump has written a lot of books about business—but they all seem to end at Chapter 11.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 21, 2016