CLEVELAND — For the second consecutive day, a group of influential Democrats gathered media here to counter Donald Trump’s candidacy. The intended target on Tuesday was that day’s theme at the Republican National Convention: “Make America Work Again.”
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman on the Democratic National Committee, stood at a podium and cited multiple examples of small-business owners who claimed Trump’s companies didn’t pay them for work, presumably through filing for bankruptcy.
“Trump has shorted a lot of Americans across our country,” said Wasserman Schultz, who was flanked by Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Rep. Joe Crowley, who is the House Democratic vice chair, and Austan Goolsbee, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama.
After Ryan gave examples of Trump’s companies manufacturing products abroad rather than in the U.S., Crowley took the podium and referred to the New York billionaire as “Con Man Don.”
“Donald Trump’s business record reveals that he is a fraud,” Crowley said.
During the question-and-answer session, however, media members were most interested in hearing the Democrats’ response to the largely personal attacks wielded on Clinton from the convention stage Monday night.
“We’re here all week to draw a contrast and to show the American people that what they’re seeing from that stage should make it very clear that we’re better than this,” Wasserman Schultz said.