Minority lawmakers bash Trump over housing crisis

Minority lawmakers bash Trump over housing crisis
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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." 
The press briefing, staged on the steps of the Democratic National Committee headquarters near Capitol Hill, was organized by Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE’s campaign.
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.
“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: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan California delivers swift suit after Trump orders water diversion States sue Trump administration at record pace MORE (Calif.), who heads the Democratic Caucus.
"We don't need a parasite to be our president."