The Clinton campaign released a web video Monday morning targeting Donald Trump over a New York Times report that he declared nearly $1 billion in business losses on his 1995 tax return, likely allowing him to avoid income taxes for the next 18 years.
The video intersperses audio and video from politicians, reporters, analysts and newscasters poking holes in the fundamental premise of Trump’s campaign for president: his business expertise.
“He’s selling himself as a brilliant businessman,” CNN’s Jake Tapper says to Rudy Giuliani in one clip, before the video cuts to news of Trump’s business loses. “That doesn’t sound particularly brilliant to me.”
“How do you lose $915 million in a rising real estate market if you’re the great real estate genius?” journalist David Cay Johnston asks.
“I’m worth billions, I’m a successful businessman, but I don’t pay any taxes!” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says, impersonating the Republican nominee. “But you, you make 15 bucks an hour, you pay the taxes, not me.”
“It certainly puts a new tack on makers versus takers, doesn’t it?” MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid wonders, against video of a verklempt Trump.
The video closes with the message, “Donald Trump is a business failure who has gotten rich at your expense. That’s what three pages of tax returns show. Imagine what he’s hiding in the rest.”
Can a man who lost $1 billion in one year, stiffed small businesses, and may have paid no taxes really claim he’s “good at business”? pic.twitter.com/ZeXgrkJhzj
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 3, 2016