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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton Mocks Donald Trump’s Business Record and Immigration Plan

New York Times
By Thomas Kaplan
May 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton unleashed a biting critique of Donald J. Trump while addressing a union convention on Monday, mocking his business record and assailing his plan to deport 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Mrs. Clinton denounced Mr. Trump in harsh terms on a variety of subjects, including the minimum wage and the prospect of mass deportations, while promising that the Democratic Party would come together to stop him.

“We need a president who will use the bully pulpit to stand up for working families,” Mrs. Clinton said. “But the last thing we need is a bully in the pulpit.”

Speaking at the convention for the politically influential Service Employees International Union, which endorsed her in November, Mrs. Clinton asserted that “a lot of Republicans themselves say Donald Trump is a disaster waiting to happen to America.”

She broached the subject of his business record, suggesting his supposed acumen was less than met the eye.

“He could bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies,” Mrs. Clinton said. “I mean, ask yourself: How can anybody lose money running a casino? Really.”

The Service Employees International Union has spent millions underwriting the Fight for $15 campaign to raise the minimum wage. Mrs. Clinton criticized Mr. Trump for saying wages are “too high” — though he has recently said otherwise — and for suggesting that the federal minimum wage should be eliminated.

Mrs. Clinton has not supported a $15 hourly federal minimum wage, but when pressed about it in the last Democratic debate, she said she would sign a bill raising it to that amount if she was president.

She warned that “what little we know of his economic policies” consisted of Mr. Trump’s wanting to pile up debt, lead the country into trade wars and let Wall Street run amok, with potentially devastating consequences.

And she criticized Mr. Trump over his hard-line approach to immigration, including his desire to deport those who are in the country illegally.

“What kind of country would we be if we let Donald Trump rip our families apart?” Mrs. Clinton asked.

While her criticism of Mr. Trump made it sound as if she were in the midst of a general election fight, she also took a moment to give credit to her opponent for the Democratic nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is pressing on with his campaign.

“I applaud Senator Sanders and his supporters for challenging us,” Mrs. Clinton said. She named money in politics and income inequality, key issues for Mr. Sanders, as two areas she intended to address.

Michigan, where Mrs. Clinton gave her address, is one of the Rust Belt states that Mr. Trump hopes to move into the Republican column in the November election. He the state’s Republican primary in March after highlighting his staunch opposition to trade deals.

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