It was almost inevitable: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have begun to exchange barbs, in light of the coming November election.
Clinton called out Trump for comments made in 2006 regarding how he had planned to take advantage of the housing market bubble. She presented the comments as proof of Trump’s moral depravity— cashing in at the expense of hard-working families.
Trump’s exact comments in regards to the then-impending crash were: “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy.”
Trump shot back on Tuesday, arguing that the fact that he knows “how to get a good result out of a very bad and sad situation,” proves that he has an ability that politicians, such as Clinton, lack.
In his statement, Trump also emphasized a point he has made a priority on his agenda: keeping jobs in America. He promised to create jobs, and make it tough for American companies to leave— “if they do, they will fully understand that there will be consequences.”
Recent polls have shown that Trump leads Clinton in popular opinion when it comes to the economy. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this week showed Trump leading Clinton by 11 percent when it comes to who would better handle the economy, and outweighing her by a 2-to-1 ratio when it comes to who would better deal with Wall Street.
Expect questions about Trump’s past business dealings to play a large part in the coming presidential election. Trump, for his part, will likely try to capitalize upon his success, using it as evidence of his ability to get items on his agenda accomplished.