Clinton Camp Hits Trump as a ‘Con Man’

Hillary Clinton’s campaign vowed to take up the mantle of Marco Rubio in blasting Donald Trump as a “con man,” kicking off a series of tweets hitting the presumptive Republican nominee for his business practices with Trump University, Politico reports.

Tweeted press secretary Brian Fallon: “Trump U is devastating because it’s metaphor for his whole campaign: promising hardworking Americans way to get ahead, but all based on lies.”

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  • Alki

    Connin’ Trump.

    • moderatesunite

      Conald is catchier.
      an accident of my keyboard produced it on another thread. I kinda like the way it sounds though.

      • Alki

        I think Don the Con won out. It’s a perfect fit.

        • moderatesunite

          that one makes sense too but you can’t always make it fit in a sentence about Trump

    • spiff

      con man
      A confidence man

      One adept at persuasion, esp at dishonest or self-serving persuasion

      “Don’t ask people what they THINK about something you’ve said. Instead,
      always ask them how they FEEL about it. People buy emotionally and
      justify it logically.”—excerpt from Trumps University playbook.

      “I resigned from my position in May 2007 because I believe that Trump University was engaging in misleading, fraudulent and dishonest conduct,” said Ronald Schnackenberg, who said in his statement he had been a sales manager for six months. He said he believed it was a “fraudulent scheme and that it preyed on the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”

    • lookolook

      Trump the Con?

  • Krusher

    There is no truth plainer than that. Just wait until they get started on the shenanigans with “donations” to veterans. If anything kills him, I think that will be it.

    • RG 5626

      Yeah. I’m hoping that the story about Trump U does not distract the media too much from the veteran charity scam. Even Donald himself said that it was nobody’s business if he ever gave the money donated to him to support veterans programs, to veterans or not. Trump appeared insulted that he would held to account for keeping his word about raising and donating money. Makes you wonder where the money donated to the Trump campaign will end up.

    • lookolook

      Death by a thousand cuts. He might seem elusive and resistant to all poisons for now, but it eventually takes its toll. A Poisoned entity wilts eventually, no matter the resistance. Trump is a poison that gets poisoned from the inside and the outside. He will go down. His notoriety, scallywagging, deception and shenanigans will eventually take their toll. Everybody dies!

  • spiff

    I’m beginning to think Trump University situation is the Orange Asshat’s personal Benghazi.

    • Alki

      We should just call it Trumpghazi.

      • docb

        The Id of the contemporary Republican Party in the US: swaggering, vicious, racist, insecure, incompetent, a bully and a liar. He’s the man whose instruction on how to make $250 million begins: “First, inherit $400 million….” If he hadn’t been born rich and connected, he’d be lucky to get a job pumping gas on the New Jersey Turnpike.

        • L’Homme Armé

          But lemme tell ya, it would be classy gas…

        • Steve Harold

          “Born on third base and thinks he hit a triple” Howzat?

        • lookolook

          He is a privileged idiot who cannot even run a decent con!

      • timpundit

        Beautiful.

    • FreedomFries

      Except Benghazi was a horrific terrorist act in a foreign country and Trump University was a premeditated ponzi scheme targeting vulnerable Americans.

    • Coterie

      Benghazi posited a failure by Clinton where there was none. TU exhibits one facet of an actual huge failure by Trump..

      • BarryR

        Was it a failure? I assume he made money from it.

        • lostintheswamp

          he’s been busted, and that’s a failure – for him … hopefully for others there will be some justice and settlements …

          • BarryR

            We’ll see – you are talking about morality and human decency, qualities lacking in Trump world. This is a man who routinely dismisses stiffing his investors and small business with bankruptcies as “good business”.

          • Snakegirl Lyn

            The irony being this is just an elaborate way of stealing from people.

        • docb

          A success is when it serves the purpose intended and stays in business…A scam-con is when you bilk the public and get shutdown and sued!

        • jr6020

          Now I no longer wonder why Don the Con won’t release his tax returns…especially the one(s) showing all the money he “earned” from Trump U…

          • BarryR

            The interesting question regarding his tax returns is how tightly integrated Trump the person is with Trump the corporation. How much money does he take out of it, how much did he gain from bankruptcies at the expense of small businessmen and employees. There could be some great commercials waiting in those books.

        • Calbengoshi

          I think there is little doubt that, so far, he has made money from Trump University.

          However, depending on the outcome of the various lawsuits, including at least one action brought by a state AG, in the long run Trump U may turn out to have been a bad deal for Trump both financially and politically.

      • spiff

        You misunderstand the meaning of my post. I was referring not to the ACTUAL event, but to the negative political spin potential that it could be used for.

        • Coterie

          I understood. I was suggesting that the Benghazi crap was/is based on a deliberately false view of events which limits it usefulness while the TU investigation is based on actual legal and moral failures by Trump which means a TU attack would have stronger legs and would be ethically defensible where the Benghazi attacks are/were not.

          • Snakegirl Lyn

            Exactly.

    • L2thaL

      With an actual there there

    • tiredofit

      Except Trump University was a real scam and should be a real scandal, while Benghazi was a tragedy the GOP dressed up as a scandal.

    • tetelou

      Il Arancione.

  • southerndemnut

    >>Tweeted press secretary Brian Fallon: “Trump U is devastating because
    it’s metaphor for his whole campaign: promising hardworking Americans
    way to get ahead, but all based on lies.”<<

    Probably one of the single most efficient and effective sentences that the Clinton campaign could produce. Repeat it continuously. If she said that in a debate it would be hard pressed for Trump to respond effectively.

    • RG 5626

      He’ll respond by telling Hillary she’s ugly. It’s worked for him so far.

  • mikemiller56

    Don the Con

    • JoyP

      It has a certain ring to it. I like it.

      • mikemiller56

        make him sweat, Miss Joy, this will get under his skin.
        Did you hear his cry for recognition yesterday with the vet money debacle?
        Call him out with ads of people who were fleeced, that will get the party started!

        • JoyP

          I don’t think Hillary should call him the name. She should stay above the fray but there are tons of surrogates out there that can and will. Having it repeated ad nauseam will cause Don the Con to pop a blood vessel and go unhinged. At lot of public figures don’t watch or read coverage of themselves, but this con artist soaks up coverage like a sponge. He’ll know every single time it’s uttered.

          • jr6020

            Timing is everything…HC will be clever and hit him at maybe the closing debate along the lines Mr Walsh used to humiliate Sen McCarthy…

          • realnrh

            He’ll try to make ‘Con’ stand for ‘Conservative.’ But it’ll be tough for him to get that to stick; his whole shtick is making statements shorter and cruder.

    • Robert68

      That one needs to stick. I’m not sure if Hillary will say it since she doesn’t want to get directly mixed up in name calling, although I could see her saying it with a smile on the debate stage.

      It will be mostly up to surrogates and super PACs to rip Trump to shreds. Hillary can rip him on the issues at least.

      • ThatBadOpinionPerson

        surrogates will use it along with super pac support.
        Fraud + trump u. Trump “network,” an MLM vitamin thing.
        Over and over…

      • Peixegato

        cue Senator Warren.

        • Snakegirl Lyn

          Bingo.

    • vidarien

      #Donthecon
      #hillaryorhell

    • lostintheswamp

      best one, because it’s easy to say and easy to understand …

      • Snakegirl Lyn

        Spot on. THIS is definitely something that will fit on a bumper sticker.

  • jr6020

    “Don the Con”…get use to it folks…You are going to be hearing right up until Nov 8…hehe

    • FDRliberal

      Lol. “Don the Con”. I like that.

  • Bugsy63

    It feels like a triple whammy:
    1. Trump u
    2. The money he tried not to give to the vets.
    3. His unhinged behavior in the press conference, attacking free press.

    • FreedomFries

      4. Tax returns

      • Krusher

        5. Attacks on the judge in the Trump U case, although I suppose that could be 1B.

        • FDRliberal

          Trump’s attacks on the judge are blatantly racist. Trump is no longer using a dogwhistle but rather a foghorn to get his racist message out.

          • he never used a dogwhistle

        • realnrh

          Hopefully he gets to face contempt of court hearings in the middle of his campaign. I’m halfway ready to believe that he wants that – to be able to preserve his own ego by claiming that his inevitable loss came only because he spent a month in jail when he wanted to be out campaigning.

      • IndependentLiberal

        Hopefully the press stays on him about the tax returns.

  • oldhandatthis

    Maybe Trump should attack the judge again because that worked out so well the last time.

  • rssrai

    Trump is a money grubber grifter. Anybody that has had as many failed businesses as Trump, has to be a world class grifter. Someone who can con the con. He goes after people who want to believe what he is selling thinking that if it works for Trump it will work for them. The only problem is to make it work you have to be a grifter too. LOL.

    • Peixegato

      Exactly. You can’t fail in business that many times AND be as wealthy as he claims he is without some kind of low-life shenanigans.

    • Snakegirl Lyn

      Not just a grifter, but a grifter who was born between 3rd base and home plate. That can’t be stated enough. He was born on top of a pile of money. It’s significant not only from the standpoint of having the money to play with in the first place, but from the standpoint of benefiting from the tendency of the wealthy generally being able to get away with things that the non-wealthy cannot. Those who want to emulate him in order to become him would be well served to realize and remember that the repercussions for stealing from people may be harsher for them than for someone like Donny. Wealth is frequently a buffer that allows an individual to get away with things the non-wealthy cannot. Not always, but frequently.

  • ratfishtim

    Shady Trump.

    • Donald Pump and Dump

  • LarryBurt

    “Trump U is…[a] metaphor for his whole campaign:
    promising hardworking Americans way to get ahead, but all based on
    lies.”

    Love this as a campaign meme.

    “Trump swindled hardworking Americans with Trump U. Don’t let him Trump You!”

  • FDRliberal

    “Clinton Camp Hits Trump as a ‘Con Man’”

    Labeling New York con artist Trump as a “con man” is an excellent line of attack. His long list of cons is a treasure trove for campaign operatives.

    I also hope that Hillary’s team is going to refer to the brittle, angry Trump as ‘unstable’. I think this is the biggest fear most people have about him, a very justified fear, of course. I believe Hillary has already called him “dangerous” which is a good start.

  • Robert68

    Love that tweet. Absolutely true too.

  • SamR

    FINALLY. As opposed to the weak-sauce “dangerous Donald” stuff. There’s no defense to the con man charge. Rubio explicitly called him that, and Cruz called him a pathological liar.

    • wymurph

      Agreed–especially as “dangerous Donald” plays into this idea of him as strong man, which is a big part of his attraction to his base as the guy who will turn over all the apple carts.

    • lostintheswamp

      yeah, i never thought ‘dangerous’ had a lot of power behind it, and for sure, some people think that dangerous means exciting, maybe even sexy …..

    • IndependentLiberal

      The attack ads have already written themselves, here is my playbook:

      Attack 1) Take every nasty thing that Trumps GOP opponents have called him over last year on video and play it (with subtitles at the bottom for muting or fast forwarding).

      Attack 2) Take every nasty thing Trump has said about various groups and play the video with subtitles (already happening, see the “woman” ad)

      Attack 3) Take every ridiculous statement about governing that Trump said and play the video with subtitles.

      Attack 4) Take every ridiculous thing that Trump has done in front of the cameras for the last 40 years (Apprentice, Pizza Hut commercials, WWF wrestling, beauty pagents, Trump steaks, Trump water, etc).

      Attack 5) Highlight his failed businesses and how his repeated Bankruptcies equated to stealing from his creditors.

      Attack 6) Trump University defrauding people, show screenshots of the “playbook” and show that Trump was in full control of the company.

      Attack 7) Highlight the fact that Trump’s charity donations were in fact, rarely, if ever, actually cash donations. Per the articles that I’ve read, they were free rounds of golf at his various golf clubs.

      Attack 8) Use the libel lawsuit from several years back attacking his wealth to demand a release to his Tax Returns. Infer that Trump is not nearly as wealthy as he claims.

      Attack 9) Just run an ad stating that Trump is a flip-flopper, play video supporting this (very easy to find).

      Attack 10) Talk about Trump’s lack of governmental experience or knowledge of the world and just show pictures of the various facial contortions that he makes. This would help to show that he is more clown than President.

      I think I could keep going, but my fingers are tired. Clinton and DNC, call me if you need help with these, I’d happily volunteer my time.

      • Stormageddon Bloodstar

        On board for all but number 4. Being silly for business shouldn’t be used against anyone. But that’s just my opinion. 🙂

  • Patterman

    She needs to start referring to him as “Con Man Donald.”

    All the time. All the time. Every time. All the time.

    • mikemiller56

      Patterman, my friend, there are plenty of Hillary fans who will use the “con” very well.
      She does not have to because she is clever and those TAX returns are fair game!
      “There have 38 of mine Donald, your turn or are you ashamed?

    • jr6020

      I prefer “Don the Con”..hehe

      • Snakegirl Lyn

        It rolls off the tongue very nicely.

  • tiredofit

    Conald Trump vs. Crooked Hillary.

  • growe

    “Worse than Watergate” is so over-used but Trump U really should be campaign arsenic.
    Start with Trump being a failed casino magnate.
    As my girl Hillary said, “How does a casino go bankrupt?”

    How does a casino, its owner, make money?
    They persuade a lot of people with little money to risk and lose a chunk of their cash.
    No scruples involved, you can’t do the job if you have a conscience.

    Trump U was a logical expansion step. Give me money you don’t have, convince yourself this is not a scam, have faith in something illogical, and I will make you rich.

    It is why I am not a fan of states running lotteries. You see visibly poor people at a 7-11 at midnight scratching tickets, you feel their false hope Lady Luck will save them from despair and poverty. Oh I deserve to be comfortable, they think, scratch scratch scratch.

    At least with a lottery money allegedly goes to good cause. With a casino, a prick like Trump or Adelson is vacuuming the pockets of the desperate and gullible (with the greedy). And they don’t care, they are comfortable with that line of work.

    Of course that amoral windbag had no problem suckering in gullible students. The details and direct involvement in a vicious deliberate scam – 35 K for shit school? – actually make any scandal of any past President look minor by comparison.

    And Trump is not even President – he is just a disgusting doomed candidate.

    • Peixegato

      And its funny how the same Evangelicals who oppose casino operations in their states and/or home towns on moral grounds can wholeheartedly support a candidate like Don the Con.

      • growe

        The ball is in Clinton’s court. She is the most traditionally religious candidate on the field and could be popping into red state churches saying casinos are sinful for fleecing the desperate, that Jesus would not have sided with casino owners profiting off the misery of the misguided. It would be stunning to see.

        • BarryR

          I would personally find it disgusting. It is the kind of moralizing this country doesn’t need.

          • growe

            There is a happy middle point. I favor legalized prostitution, take pimps out of it, but I also don’t want a whorehouse owner seeking high office.

      • jr6020

        Or back a guy who cheated on his then wife Ivanna with Marla Maples…then he threw her out for a newer model…

  • growe

    Wasn’t it fun grunting Hillary might be indicted? She wasn’t. Straw man bullshit. But whoa this Trump University suit? Pretend you are an endangered Senate Republican (or even a GOP member of Congress once thought safe. Do you want to associate with Trump?

    Kelly Ayotte seen with Trump? Cue the ad. “My name is Lurleen Luredlewamp. I grew up in Seabrook NH. Donald Trump told me to take out 35 thousand for his ‘University’ when I had 550 dollars in the bank. The classes were pathetic and he denied me a refund, so I went bankrupt and my kids and I had to live in a van…”

    It is a bit personal and he had so many victims. Never mind the casinos, a legal theft.

    • ThatBadOpinionPerson

      Trump Fraud ads will be brutal, worse than Romney P.E. ads b/c Trump has his name and likeness as part of the educational content.

      Chait previewed this a month or so ago, and it is right on the money.

  • growe

    Hillary looks good, convincing, and happy tearing into Donald Trump Uniscamsity.
    And the lady is just getting started, test driving the available attack lines.
    Once the tiara is firmly on her head, the real and overdue attacks are turned on.

    And Trump is so kind to be helping. Oh wasn’t it fun to go Agnew on the media, squalling and whining and playing them for fools? That can work occasionally. But as the garbage piles up and you leave a six foot wide slime trail everywhere you slither? The same media that propped you up looks for Pulitzers digging into the dirt on you.

    Ask Nixon if media bashing works long term, eh?

    • L2thaL

      When you said tiara on her head I pictured the Statue of Liberty but instead of a torch it’s a cattle prod.

  • growe

    Personally I think Hillary should spend June visiting “unwinnable” red state churches, public events, hospitals talking about how Obama has improved lives across the country, how as President of all the people, she wants to work to make their lives better every day.

    Send Trump to his convention showing single digit leads and statistical ties in those hopelessly red states, Ohio and Florida can get their attention after Labor Day. The goal is to make lots of red state House, Senate members, and Governors sweat that a Democratic candidate is on their home turf pointing out their failures.

    A twelve stop “Brownback Blows” tour of Kansas would be fun. A rising blue tide can sink many Republican boats. And you don’t know what you can do until you try.

    • moderatesunite

      Personally I’d be looking at a series of big high-profile speeches in deep-red states to reach out to red state voters and talk about how democratic policies would help them, and republican policies hurt them.
      Do one in Mississippi, one In Kansas, One in Montana, One in Utah, one in Kentucky

      In Kentucky talk about economic development for greater appalachia, how she’s been fighting for them for decades, and they have been in the democratic fold before and can return.

      In Utah talk about how taking care of others means the Mormons have a lot in common with democrats, The Mormons look out for everyone in their church, and send missionaries around the world. The United States at its best looks out for all its citizens

      In Montana talk about the west, and how they get things done, highlight campaign finance, and how blind partisanship risks the United States.

      In Kansas highlight how the republican Government has proven that republican ideology has utterly failed with its damage to the states economy, and schools.

      In Mississippi, talk about how democratic leadership would be more effective at bringing economic development to the area, in a way republicans have failed to for decades, and that we are a party for everyone, white and black, and everything in between.

      along the way stop for the big campaign stops in Georgia, and Missouri, and Arizona, and maybe Texas.

    • L2thaL

      She could even ask Susana Martinez to campaign with her 😉

    • ThatBadOpinionPerson

      I think that’s the value of having the Obamas — especially when the campaign can start working to register new voters in data targeted districts. You can really have two highly-esteemed former presidents on the stump. As opposed to … on the R side??? More Trumps?

      That was part of Sanders’ problem (in my view) undercutting Obama and every other Democrat, how are you going to be able to run a national election encouraging your ardent supporters to help down ballot Democrats? How can you claim ACA in one hand (that you “helped write it”), and have a torch in your other hand?

      • realnrh

        Two of the last three failed Republican presidential candidates support Trump! One side has Obama and Bill, the other side gets… Bob Dole and John McCain. The media would no doubt call it ‘too close to call.’

  • citizenupset

    Don’t let this go. Just as Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton crooked Hilary, Democrats need to from now on out call Trump con man Donald. All day all night, con man Donald.

    • Snakegirl Lyn

      Don the Con. Wash, rinse, repeat on infinite loop until November.

      • hipsteriac

        I had been thinking Dufus Don, but Don the Con is the winner.

  • growe

    Hillary doesn’t need to “win Texas” or “win Georgia.” But she can show up.
    Pick the 2-3 most vulnerable districts in big red states and pay them a lot of attention.
    Make those “safe” members burst into tears hearing the Orange Blob’s name.

    Send Preibus and Hewitt and all these other ass clowns on TV explaining why they aren’t worried seeing Hillary in El Paso, Savannah, Green Bay – as they sweat and tremble….

    Gerrymandered Ohio, Florida, PA? Find the undeserved beneficiaries and target them.
    Every moment on offense creates another Congresscritter no longer defending Donald.

    Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson? Make voters think they were one of Donald’s exes.
    Portmanteau, Rubio’s lame successor to be? Scream Trump’s name to them.
    Robert Trump-Portmantan may love Donald, but real Americans don’t.

  • growe

    Don Juan, the fake school con, with the sex drive of a backstreet John, seems not to know what planet he’s on, soon enough his campaign is gone, and we’ll be rid of Don the Con.

    • hipsteriac

      Right on!

  • growe

    Another fun point where Trump is the worst GOP nominee.

    A wimpy Rubio could whine Hillary is unladylike for attacking him.
    A worthless Cruz, once defeated, could moan Hillary got favoritism being female.
    Any Republiclown she beats could say they had to hold back against a female opponent.

    Not so with Donald who hates women so much he’s married more than one!

    Donald hit first, ugly and often. No excuse later “I was just responding” and once he comes in under 200 EV no “I couldn’t attack effectively against a woman” – he did, it just happened to be a woman much smarter, experienced, prepared than Con-old could ever be.

  • BillyBudd7

    Tuitiongate; Trumpgate;Universitygate
    what did Trump know and when did he know it?

  • Lee

    The organized crime connections adds a seedy Sopranos dimension to Trump. Don’t know what would be better a Trump Christie yo Vinnie ticket, or a Trump Huckabee the huckster and huck ticket.

  • Mike

    The republiklan war on the media has been going strong since Nixon and Agnew. It’s really a war on the truth to distract the public from their lies and failures.

  • mennabichoo

    One Trick Phony yells: “Believe me!!”

  • Steve Harold

    I hope that as the stories come out about this bullshit artist the American people will come to their senses..Even the thought of this man having access to the nuke codes is terrifying,,He is an obnoxious childlike bully who lashes out when he has a disagreement with anyone..The king of BS, its just a question of when enough is enough..Send him home..

  • KingSolomon1

    Every down ticket Republican should be referred to with Trump as their middle name.

  • hipsteriac

    Finally! The game is afoot!

  • hipsteriac

    You’ve outdone yourself!

  • Lumen

    My Republican friends keep telling me this one-liner over and over … “But Hillary is worse, you gotta vote against her!”

    — Trump University employees were ordered to scam people who were struggling financially.

    After hearing this, I’m not so sure if Hillary is worse anymore.