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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is hoping to reverse her sliding poll numbers by using the housing bubble against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump—and she appears to be getting assistance in this strategy with a tag-team partner in Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
According to a Washington Examiner report, the Clinton campaign released a video advertisement that insisted Trump was eager for the "real estate crash" as early as 2006.
"While Trump was looking for new ways to profit, the reality of the economic crisis was that nine million Americans lost their job and five million families lost their homes," the Clinton campaign said in a statement. "The new video is part of a series of activities today in more than half a dozen battleground states to highlight these revelations about Donald Trump and Trump's pattern of seeking to cash in at the expense of families."
The advertisement includes an audio recording of Trump discussing a potential housing decline in a 2006 audiobook.
"I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy," Trump is heard saying in the video. "If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know you could make a lot of money."
For her part, Warren is continuing her own one-woman war against Trump by echoing the Clinton campaign’s playbook. According to a MarketWatch report, Warren used low comedy to describe Trump’s alleged eagerness to profit off a collapsing housing market.
“Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown—because it meant he could buy up a bunch more property on the cheap,” Warren said in a speech last night. “What kind of a man does that? Root for people to get thrown out on the street?”
Trump dismissed the new Clinton-Warren attack plan during a rally last night in Albuquerque, N.M., stating that he was discussing a common business strategy of making purchases on commodities when they are in a price decline.
“Yeah, if it goes down, I'm gonna buy,” Trump said. “I'm a businessman, that's what I'm supposed to do. If it goes down, it goes down. I feel badly for everybody. What am I going to do? It's business!”