Hillary Clinton appeared on “Meet the Press” today for an extensive interview with host Chuck Todd. There’s a lot to sift through in what she said, but one of the most telling exchanges came when Clinton turned a question about her VP pick into a particularly strong attack on just how successful presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump really is.
Todd asked Clinton about Mark Cuban’s public offer to serve as VP and to her credit, she took the opportunity to attack Trump in a couple of ways that will surely prove effective if the two face each other in the general election.
First, Clinton suggested that she’s not opposed to including political “outsiders” from the business sector in her search for potential VPs:
‘I think we should look widely and broadly. It’s not just people in elected office. It is successful business people. I am very interested in that.’
This could go a long way toward undermining Trump’s main narrative that he will be effective precisely because he’s made it in the business world as opposed to politics. But then Clinton hit on something that truly looks as if it will get to Trump, who has repeatedly shown how thin-skinned he can be about certain issues:
‘I am absolutely intending to look far and wide. And I think that’s the best way to find someone who can really capture what’s needed in the country and business people, especially successful business people who are really successful as opposed to pretend successful, I think have a lot to offer.’
Not happy merely disqualifying Trump on his on terms, Clinton goes on to equate America’s greatness with the things that tax dollars actually pay for:
‘I think he needs to release his tax returns. The only two we have show that he hasn’t paid a penny in taxes. And yet he goes around talking about make America great. You know, that means paying for our military. That means paying for our roads. That means paying for the VA.’
And finally she calls Trump out for being afraid of what his tax returns will reveal:
‘If you’ve got someone running for president who’s afraid to release his returns because it will expose that he pays no income tax, I think that’s a big problem.’
These aren’t the kind of attacks Trump is likely to take in stride. Clinton has hit him where it hurts and you can bet Trump won’t hesitate to hit back. But unless he actually releases his recent tax returns, it’s hard to see how he’s going to come out on top in this fight. Watch the entire exchange below.
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