Clinton unloads on 'fraud' Donald Trump

Clinton unloads on 'fraud' Donald Trump

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Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump, calling Trump University a "scam."

Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump, calling Trump University a “scam.” | Getty

Hillary Clinton unloaded Wednesday on Donald Trump and his Trump University, citing newly released court documents to slam the presumptive Republican nominee as a “fraud” and his now-defunct real estate program a “scam.”

At a Newark, New Jersey, event, Clinton wasted no time diving into an attack on Trump, opening her remarks by bringing up the most recent development in the Trump University lawsuit — unsealed testimony in which former staff described the program as a “fraudulent scheme” and a “total lie.”

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“Trump and his employees took advantage of vulnerable Americans,” Clinton said, recounting testimony from Trump University employees suggesting that students were encouraged to make risky financial decisions like maxing out credit cards and emptying retirement accounts. “This is just more evidence that Donald Trump himself is a fraud. He is trying to scam America the way he scammed all those people at Trump U. It’s important that we recognize what he has done because that’s usually a pretty good indicator of what he will do, and on issue after issue, we see someone who is unqualified and unfit to be president of the United States.”

Clinton also attacked Trump for the months-long delay in the delivery of money to veterans charities from a fundraiser he held in January with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Trump attacked the media during a news conference earlier this week for questioning whether the donations had indeed been made, calling one reporter a “sleaze” and deriding another as “a real beauty.”

“Just yesterday we learned the truth about Donald Trump’s big talk about helping veterans,” Clinton said. “It turns out it wasn’t until the press shamed him that he actually made the donations he had promised. For months, it was all just a publicity stunt.”

“He started his campaign attacking people, and he hasn’t stopped,” Clinton said later, returning to Trump’s broadsides against the media, whom Trump has described as “shameful” and “dishonest people.”

“Yesterday it was the press that he was attacking,” she said. “Now, if you’re in public life, you’re not always going to like what the press says about you. I have some experience with that. But part of the genius of our democracy, our system, is we have a free press and they do report to tell you what is happening, what they are seeing and hearing.”

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