Clinton Attacks Trump as "Reckless" on Economy

Clinton Attacks Trump as "Reckless" on Economy
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Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday that Donald Trump is hazardous to America’s economic health and unfit to lead the country as president.

In a scathing indictment of her Republican adversary as both clueless and fraudulent, Clinton told a Columbus, Ohio, audience that Trump is not to be believed or trusted when it comes to his vague boasts, ad hoc reveries or policy proposals drawn from a checkered career in everything from his bankrupt casinos to Trump University and litigation alleging fraud.

“Every day we see how reckless and careless Trump is,” the Democratic nominee said as she ticked off a collection of the real estate mogul’s own quotes, including about Wall Street financial regulation (“they created a very bad situation”), the national debt (“I would borrow, knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal”), and Trump’s approach to his failed businesses (“Atlantic City was a very good cash cow for me for a long time”).

As the general election begins, Clinton is determined to define Trump as an unacceptable risk when it comes to the decision-making and policy formulation required of all presidents, including on national security and policies to promote economic growth and job creation. Trump boasts that his track record in business, rather than government or political experience, equip him to remedy the nation’s problems. His Democratic opponent is working intensively and spending millions of dollars in advertising to undercut the image Trump believes is his electoral strength.

In swing-state Ohio, where polls show Clinton and Trump effectively tied as summer begins, the former secretary of state is testing her reputation for experience and her prowess as a policy wonk to challenge voters to wise up about Trump, even if they’re uncertain they could back a Democrat for president in November.

“He’s written a lot of books about his business. They all seem to end at Chapter 11,” she said with a grin and laughter from her audience.

As Clinton was speaking, Trump’s campaign took its first stab at rapid response beyond Twitter, deploying statistics via email pointing to a “catastrophic economic record under Clinton-Obama policies.” The Republican National Committee has circulated similar critiques in the past. The list included selective data points about the poverty rate, median U.S. household incomes, the homeownership rate, and the national debt.

Clinton plans to speak Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C., where she said she will outline her “ambitious new goals” for continued economic progress, including college affordability, student debt relief, corporate profit-sharing, and infrastructure investments. Trump has offered no concrete proposals to address those issues, Clinton said, noting her empathy for Americans who say they feel “frustrated, fearful and even angry” that they are falling behind or believe their ambitions are out of reach.

Alexis Simendinger covers the White House for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at asimendinger@realclearpolitics.com.  Follow her on Twitter @ASimendinger.

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