Minority lawmakers bash Trump over housing crisis

Minority lawmakers bash Trump over housing crisis
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Minority lawmakers on Wednesday went after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE for cheering on the 2000s housing collapse, saying the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s cutthroat mentality proves he's unfit for the White House.
Noting the crisis hit minority communities disproportionately, a group of Democrats — including leaders of the Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific American caucuses — attacked Trump for seeking to profit from the economic misfortunes of vulnerable homeowners.
"To every family who lost their home in the great recession, Donald Trump is the personification of [the] heartless greed that they faced as they fought to save their homes," said Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 
"This just shows, very clearly, how Donald Trump is the wrong choice for Latinos."
Other Democrats piled on. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), head of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, accused Trump of "fanning the flames of racial resentment" to promote his brand. 
And Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a Black Caucus member, called Trump "a bully who wants to prey upon the economic pain of hard-working Americans."
"Real American leaders root for America to win, not to lose," Jeffries said. "It's not clear to me how we can even contemplate electing a leader whose history shows that his primary intention is simply to prey on others for the benefit of himself and his family." 
Clinton is scrambling to energize minority voters ahead of her likely showdown with Trump in the November general election. 
She leads Trump by wide margins among minorities, and Democrats are hoping to maximize minority turnout by highlighting some of the more bombastic statements from the billionaire real estate mogul.
In 2006, two years before the market collapse, Trump said he "sort of hope[s] that happens because then people like me would go in and buy [foreclosures and] make a lot of money." 
In 2007, he said he was "excited" for the end of the housing boom so he could turn greater profits.
"I've always made more money in bad markets than in good markets," he told the Globe and Mail at the time.
Trump defended his remarks this week, arguing that the crash created opportunities that any good businessman would have seized.
"I'm a businessman. That's what I'm supposed to do," Trump said Tuesday at a campaign stop in New Mexico.
Clinton has pounced, using Twitter and campaign speeches to hammer Trump for making money "off of people's misery."  
"Why on earth would we elect somebody president who actually rooted for a collapse of the mortgage market?" Clinton asked during a stop in Riverside, Calif.
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument MORE (D-Mass.), a longtime critic of major banks' lending strategies, also weighed in, asking who would "root for people to get thrown out on the street?"
“What kind of a man does that?” Warren asked a crowd gathered Tuesday for the Center for Popular Democracy's annual gala.
Trump wasted little time firing back, accusing the former Harvard professor of benefiting herself from the housing collapse. 
"Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes known as Pocahontas, bought foreclosed housing and made a quick killing," he tweeted. "Total hypocrite!" 
The Democrats are suggesting Trump's appetite for profit would drive his decision-making from the White House, putting his own interests above the country's.
"Does he think he can make money off of the Zika virus? Does he think that if there's another devastating hurricane or a Katrina or a tornado that hits the Midwest, that that's a way to make money?" said Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists California prepares court action against Trump's move on tailpipe emissions Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver MORE (Calif.), who heads the Democratic Caucus.
"We don't need a parasite to be our president."