Following a Hillary Clinton speech highly critical of his economic acumen and business record, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday responded with an epic Twitter tirade which offered a possible preview of a speech aimed at his Democratic rival scheduled for Wednesday.
Clinton's remarks were a clear effort to put into question Trump's claim of being "very smart" and "very successful in business," something many of his backers cite as a key reason for their support.
As The Hill reported:
A Gallup poll earlier this month found 53 percent of voters would prefer Trump as president when it comes to the economy, compared with 43 percent who would prefer Clinton, making it one of the few areas where Trump has a distinct advantage.
[Clinton] sought to close that gap in her speech, arguing at length that Trump’s success in the business world isn’t what it seems.
"You might think that because he has spent his life as a businessman he'd be better prepared to handle the economy. It turns out, he's dangerous there too," she said. "Just like he shouldn't have his finger on the button, he shouldn't have his hands on the economy."
Clinton repeatedly chided Trump for driving his business ventures into the ground, often by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and for leaving a path of economic destruction and injured workers in his wake.
"We can't let him bankrupt America like it's one of his failed casinos," Clinton said. "We can't let him roll the dice with our children's futures."
However, as TIME magazine's Rana Foroohar notes, it's not as though Clinton has a particularly hard case to make.
From the few details that are available, writes Foroohar, Trump's economic plany is pretty much "Reaganomics on steroids — and that’s without considering anything truly crazy he might do. The upshot of his plans are: reduce taxes on individuals and corporations, while throwing the public a bone by closing some tax loopholes used by the rich."
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What's missing, according to Foroohar, is that Clinton's speech failed to offer "a vision of the future that gets people excited" – an implication that her campaign may be leaning too much on fear-mongering over Trump and too little on inspiring potential voters about what her economic plan would be.
Regardless, Clinton's speech seemed enough to ignite the passions of Trump, who shortly after Clinton's speech unleashed a series of tweets against his presumed general election rival:
Hillary says this election is about judgment. She's right. Her judgement has killed thousands, unleashed ISIS and wrecked the economy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
Hillary Clinton surged the trade deficit with China 40% as— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
Secretary of State, costing Americans millions of jobs.
How can Hillary run the economy when she can't even send emails without putting entire nation at risk?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
Hillary Clinton's open borders immigration policies will drive down wages for all Americans - and make everyone less safe.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
Obama-Clinton inherited $10T in debt and turned it into nearly $20T. They have bankrupted… https://t.co/1COtt0RPY7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
I am "the king of debt."That has been great for me as a businessman, but is bad for the country. I made a fortune off of debt, will fix U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
Hillary took money and did favors for regimes that enslave women and murder gays.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
If you want to know about Hillary Clinton's honesty & judgment, ask the family of Ambassador Stevens.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
Hillary defrauded America as Secy of State. She used it as a personal hedge fund to get herself rich! Corrupt, dangerous, dishonest.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016