: politico.com : Trump Brags That He Makes Money Off the Misfortunes of Americans

As Politico reported yesterday:

When Donald Trump said he was hoping for a collapse in the housing market before the Great Recession, it was just smart business sense, he said in the first sharp exchange of the debate.

“In fact, Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis,” Hillary Clinton said when discussing the recovery from the Great Recession. “He said back in 2006, ‘Gee, I hope it does collapse because then I can go in and buy some and make some money. Well it did collapse.”

“That’s called business, by the way,” Trump said, interrupting. But Clinton talked over him.

“Nine million people lost their jobs, five million people lost their homes,” she said.

This has been a periodic accusation leveled at Trump throughout the presidential campaign. It was the first time, however, he responded before a record-breaking audience of approximately 84 million people. To Trump, the misfortunes of many of the Americans he seeks to serve were seen by him as profitable opportunities. What could be a more sinister example of how he values mammon and the accumulation of wealth over improving the lives of those in the United States? Trump’s statement was about as candid as a billionaire can be in expressing that, when it comes to a choice between making money off of your disaster or preventing a catastrophe for you and your family, he is likely to go with the former option.

Source: [politico.com] Trump Brags That He Makes Money Off the Misfortunes of Americans

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