5 Hillary Clinton Zingers About Donald Trump's Economic Strategy That Prove This Horrible Election Will At Least Be Funny
Speaking before a crowd in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton skewered Donald Trump's financial record in one of her most blistering attacks against the presumptive Republican nominee to date. While the economy was the ostensible focus of Clinton's speech, much of her time was spent hammering Trump on a variety of issues, from his proposals should he become president to his personal business failings — and even his reality TV show catchphrase.
Earlier this month, the former Secretary of State gave a foreign policy speech that was largely devoted to slamming her Republican counterpart's lack of experience and knowledge on international relations. "Donald Trump's ideas aren't just different — they are dangerously incoherent. They're not even really ideas — just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies," she said in San Diego, emphasizing multiple times how a President Trump could endanger the United States. "This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes — because it's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin."
Clinton spent much of Tuesday's speech also argue that having Trump in the White House would threaten the country through the havoc he'd wreak on the economy — and with no shortage of fire and pizzazz. You can watch the video of Clinton's speech below, and check out Clinton's sharpest zingers against the Donald.
Good Ol' Chapter 11
Clinton brought the house down with her crack about Trump's failed business ventures:
He's written a lot of books about business. They all seem to end at Chapter 11.
Twitter also loved the jab.
Hands Off, Trump
Clinton tied Tuesday's speech back to her foreign policy one from earlier this month, arguing that Trump was just as unfit to oversee our national economic policy as to have access to nuclear codes:
Just like he shouldn't have his finger on the button, he shouldn't have his hands on our economy.
Who Run The World — And The Economy?
Clinton couldn't resist letting an opportunity to remind Americans of some of Trump's less-than-positive comments about women quietly go by, especially when it came to women in the workforce. She brought up how Trump "once called pregnant employees — and I quote — 'an inconvenience.'" Then, Clinton added an extra burn, pointing out that Trump doesn't seem to realize the country's economic growth over the last four decades "is largely thanks to women getting into the workforce and adding to family income." Boom.
So, About Your Taxes...?
Clinton also took aim at Trump's unwillingness to share his tax returns with the public and insinuated the tough-talking business mogul might be hiding something. "Maybe he isn't as rich as he claims," Clinton suggested. Trump has been asked for months to release his tax statements, but he has refused to do so and said he's waiting for audits to be completed. However, reporters have pointed out that such a defense doesn't quite hold water: David Cay Johnston wrote in The Daily Beast, "[Trump] claims, falsely, that he cannot release his returns since 2012 because they are being audited. But a tax return is filed under penalty of perjury and releasing a return has no effect on an audit, as many tax authorities (including a former IRS commissioner) have noted."
Frankly, I'm surprised we haven't seen more throwbacks to The Apprentice this election cycle. However, Clinton made good use of Trump's trademark line, telling the Buckeye crowd:
Maybe we shouldn't expect better from someone whose most famous words are "You're fired."
Drop the mic.
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