NEWARK, N.J. — Hillary Clinton debuted a new attack line against Donald Trump at a Wednesday campaign stop in Newark, N.J., saying the real estate mogul scammed hard-working Americans and is a “fraud.”
Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, took aim at Trump University. Documents released Tuesday as part of an ongoing court case highlighted Trump University’s marketing strategy, which critics like Clinton labeled as manipulative.
“Trump U was a fraudulent scheme where Donald Trump enriched himself at the expense of hard-working people,” Clinton told her supporters in New Jersey. “Trump and his employees took advantage of vulnerable Americans, encouraging them to max out their credit cards, empty their retirement savings, destroy their financial futures — all while making promises they knew were false from the beginning.”
Clinton deployed stronger language Wednesday than she recently had against Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee. She accused him of trying to “scam” America again with his campaign. “This is just more evidence that Donald Trump himself is a fraud,” she said.
She focused much of her stump speech on Trump and did not mention her Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who continues to stay in the race despite daunting odds. For weeks, Trump has been calling Clinton “Crooked Hillary,” among other sharp jabs. Recent head-to-head national polls have showed Clinton and Trump roughly tied.
For his part, Trump has repeatedly insisted that his for-profit university did nothing wrong, despite multiple lawsuits filed against it. On Wednesday, his campaign released a video of people speaking positively about their Trump University experiences.
In Newark, Clinton was introduced by Jon Bon Jovi, who encouraged his fellow Jersey residents to vote. “We need someone who can unite us, not divide us,” the singer said.