Clinton: Don't believe 'myth' of Trump

Clinton: Don't believe 'myth' of Trump
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE sought to puncture Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE’s appeal to working-class voters in a speech Thursday, arguing the Republican would look out for the wealthy if he won the White House.

Speaking in Michigan, a state Trump hopes to win, Clinton said the Republican is disingenuous when he claims to be on the side of workers. Trump has no “credible” plans for creating jobs, she said, and is putting forward policies that would help the rich at the expense of the poor.

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“There is a myth out there that he will stick it to the rich and powerful, because somehow he’s on the side of the little guy. Don’t believe it,” Clinton said in Warren, Mich. 

Polling has consistently given Trump an edge on the economy, with voters trusting him more than Clinton to create jobs. But his advantage on the issue has eroded in recent polling, a trend that Clinton is seeking to accelerate. 

“A lot of people feel that no one is on their side, and no one has their back,” she said.

“If I am fortunate enough to be elected president, I will have your back every single day that I serve.”

Clinton’s speech served as a direct rebuttal to an economic address that Trump delivered on Monday in Detroit.

In that speech, Trump proposed increasing the tax benefits associated with child care, among other things. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, broached the child care idea during her speech at the Republican National Convention last month.

While an expansion of the tax credit could help Trump broaden his support among women — a voting bloc he has struggled with — Clinton said his proposal is not what it seems. 

Expanding the tax credit would primarily help wealthy people, because they would reap the benefits of an expanded deduction, Clinton said. 

“Donald Trump wants to give trillions in tax breaks to people like himself. I want to invest it in veterans, our kids, police officers, and so much more,” she said. 

Time and time again during the address, Clinton dismissed Trump’s attempts to paint himself as the voice of the frustrated working class. She said Trump himself would directly benefit from many of the economic proposals that he claims would “make America great again.”

She said the Republican’s tax plan included a “Trump loophole” that would grant him major tax savings on his businesses, and that his call to repeal the estate tax could save his family as much as $4 billion.

“He’s offered no credible plans to address what working families are dealing with today,” she said. 

Clinton mentioned several of her economic proposals during the address, including expanding broadband internet access, boosting domestic manufacturing, using more clean energy resources and tackling student debt. 

And while the speech included standard Democratic ideas like raising taxes on the rich and protecting entitlement programs, it also included nods to the political center. 

Clinton said she wanted to cut regulations that stifle small businesses, for example, and said it should be easier for small banks and credit unions to offer loans. 

And her fundamental pitch was that she is the person to bring the two parties together and get Washington working again, something she said Trump is incapable of.

“I just don’t think insults and bullying is how we’re going to get things done,” she said. “We’re going to get everyone at the table.” 

She opened her remarks by arguing that she and Trump had fundamentally different views on the state of the nation. Listening to his speech in Detroit, “it was like he was in a different place,” she said. 

“He talked only of failure, poverty and crime. … How wrong this negative, pessimistic view is. America’s best days are still ahead of us if we make up our minds to actually go out and make that happen.”

Beyond policies, Clinton blasted Trump’s record as a businessman. She said multiple contractors working with the New York magnate had been shorted on their bills.

“He’s made a career out of stiffing small businesses,” she said.

She contrasted that with her own experience, talking about her father worked to run a small printing plant.

“I can’t imagine what would have happened to my father and his business if he had gotten a contract from Trump,” she said. “That’s not how we do business in America.”