The crossfire between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton reached new levels of intensity Tuesday in a prelude to their expected November presidential election battle, as the candidates traded blows over everything from past Clinton scandals to claims Trump was rooting for a housing market crash before the recession.
Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, hit the presumptive GOP nominee on his years-old housing comments at a campaign stop earlier Tuesday.
“When he was talking about the possibility of a housing market crash before the Great Recession, he said, ‘I sort of hope that happens,’ ” Clinton said. “He actually said that, he actually said he was hoping for the crash that caused hard working families in California and across America to lose their homes, all because he thought he could take advantage of it to make some money for himself.”
Trump’s campaign issued a statement defending his comments, made in the mid-2000s, as the mortgage, then housing bubble began to burst.