Hillary Rips Into Trump: What Kind of 'Genius' Loses $1 Billion in a Year?
Hillary Clinton zeroed in on Donald Trump's tax returns this afternoon at a campaign event in Toledo, Ohio, calling out the New York Times report on his 1995 tax return.
She said that while millions of hardworking Americans paid their fair share of taxes, "it doesn't look like [Trump] paid a dime in federal income tax for two decades."
"He was contributing nothing to our nation. ... Nothing for our veterans, nothing for our military," said Clinton.
The bombshell report this weekend disclosed that Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 return, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.
"How anybody could lose a dollar, let alone a billion dollars, in the casino industry is beyond me," she said, calling out Trump for saying at last week's debate that not paying taxes is "smart."
She also pointed out that Trump's campaign surrogates, including Chris Christie, declared him a "genius" for how he used the U.S. tax code.
"Here's my question: what kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year!?" she asked.
"He abuses his power, games the system [and] puts his own interests ahead of the country's. It's Trump first and everybody else last."
Clinton said Trump represents the same "rigged system" that he claims he wants to change. She criticized him for failing to help his employees, small businesses and contractors that he hired or the people of Atlantic City.
"They all got hammered, while he was busy with his accountants trying to figure out how he could keep living like a billionaire. And all the while he was using his political connections to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies and extra tax breaks for his companies. In other words, Trump was taking from America with both hands and leaving the rest of us with the bill," said Clinton.
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