Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a fraud, a liar and a hypocrite, top Democratic leaders and speakers at the party’s national convention said today as they lashed out at the billionaire from New York.
Raising questions on Trump’s business acumen, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said: “I am a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one!” to loud cheers from the audience.
“Trump says he will punish manufacturers that move to Mexico or China, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. He says he wants to put Americans back to work, but he games the US visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wage. He says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but he seems to have no problem in hiring them,” Bloomberg said.
“Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy. He wants you to believe that we can solve our biggest problem by deporting Mexicans and shutting out Muslims. He wants you to believe that erecting trade barriers will bring back good jobs. He is wrong on both counts,” he said.
The former New York Mayor said that though Hillary Clinton may not be the “perfect candidate”, there is “no doubt” in his mind that she is the right choice.
California Governor Jerry Brown also laid into Trump, calling him a fraud and a liar.
“Trump says global warming is a hoax. I say Trump is a fraud. Trump says there’s no drought in California. I say Trump lies. So, it’s not surprising that Trump chose as his running mate a man who denies that there”s such a thing as evolution,” he said.
Brown said while Trump only talks, Clinton gets things done.
“As Secretary of State, she paved the way for the historic Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement which 200 nations, including China and India, enthusiastically embraced. And Mr Trump, he says: The world be damned, I’m tearing it up,” he said.
“Trump and those who live in climate denial say otherwise. They tell us we have to choose between saving the economy and saving the planet. Donald Trump and the climate deniers are dead wrong — dangerously wrong,” Brown said.
Rear Admiral (retd) John Hutson expressed fears Trump would abandon allies and let more countries get nuclear weapons.
“He lies about donating to our veterans and called the military I served in a disaster’. It’s embarrassing enough that he’s the face of one of our political parties. The real disaster is what would happen if we let Donald Trump become the face of the country we love,” he said.
Kristen Kavanaugh, co-founder of the Military Acceptance Project, said Clinton understands the importance of a strong military and diplomacy.
“She knows we’re stronger when we work with our allies to keep us safe, and she has a specific plan to defeat and destroy ISIS. She has the experience, temperament, and steady hand to lead,” she said.
“I don’t trust Donald Trump. The military is defined by discipline. Leadership. Integrity. Those are the qualities that drew me to serve. And those are the very qualities that Donald Trump lacks. He suggests abandoning our closest allies. He praises dictators who’ve killed Americans. He says we should allow more countries to get nuclear weapons,” Kavanaugh said.