Clinton rallies crowds outside abandoned Trump Plaza on the boardwalk, where residents are still reeling from the citys devastated casino industry
The way Donald Trump tells it, his ventures in Atlantic City were wild successes. An outsider real estate developer from New York, he clawed his way to the top of this resort towns gambling industry and then, with remarkable prowess and foresight, left before it all came crumbling down.
Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, speaking in view of the most recent casualty of Trumps boardwalk empire, Trump Plaza, which closed in 2014, told it another way.
What Donald Trump did in Atlantic City is nothing to brag about its shameful and every voter in America needs to know about it, Clinton told the crowd gathered on the boardwalk in the sweltering summer heat.
Clinton pointed to the casino, where garish red curtains still dress the windows and black boards cover the spot where red block letters once spelled out the name Trump Plaza.
Donald Trump once predicted: It will be the biggest hit yet, Clinton said sardonically. Now its abandoned.
Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, which Trump opened in 1984, proved an obvious backdrop for Clinton to make her essential argument against the New York real estate developer: that he is singularly and above all else focused on improving himself and his business and that his next big venture, should the voters let it happen, is America.
Remember what he promised: Im going to do for the country what I did for my business, Clinton said, as the crowd responded with boos. Well, we should believe him and make sure he never has the chance to bankrupt America the way he bankrupted his businesses.
In a statement released while Clinton spoke, Trump boasted that he had built a tremendously successful business in Atlantic City and defended his strategies.
Out of the hundreds of businesses I have owned over the decades, and hundreds of deals and transactions, I have used the chapter laws of our country in four instances, much as many of our countrys elite business people do (but nobody cares about), Trump wrote. It is an effective and commonly used practice in business to use bankruptcy proceedings to restructure a business and ultimately save jobs. Nobody understands the economy like I do and no one, especially not Crooked Hillary Clinton, will do more for the economy than I will.