Donald Trump has made it clear that he will try to tie Hillary Clinton to everything from Whitewater to Benghazi during the general election, and that will just be the first five minutes his stump speech.
So Camp Clinton is looking to give Trump a taste of his own medicine. According to WaPo, they won't just look to tie Trump to the 2008 mortgage crisis, they'll attempt to chain him to it and throw him off the pier of populist opinion.
About a dozen surrogates and local elected officials in Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and elsewhere will host calls, events and release statements focused on Trump’s response to the housing crisis that precipitated the economic recession.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), will be engaged in the efforts and Ryan will host a conference call with reporters at noon Tuesday to hammer home the message.
And that message is taking a very clear shape:
"You don't make America great by rooting for its economy to fail,” Ryan said in a statement. “While Hillary Clinton was proposing measures to ease the effects of the housing bubble on American homeowners before the crisis, Donald Trump was cheering on the market's collapse and reportedly peddling sub-prime loans so he could try to get even richer.
“It's a fundamental difference in the race that we'll continue to push: Donald Trump is only out for himself, at the expense of working families, while Hillary Clinton is fighting to raise wages and incomes.”
But just in case the electorate doesn't get the paper-thinly veiled allusion to Trump acting like Countrywide, Camp Clinton will hammer it home:
Clinton’s surrogates will tie the loss of jobs and family wealth in that period to Trump’s judgment in launching the now-defunct Trump Mortgages company during that period
Clinton’s allies plan to highlight that Trump Mortgage approved subprime mortgages to unqualified borrowers. The mortgages were one of the key financial instruments linked to the crash.
Luckily for them, Trump left a public diary that reads like Angelo Mozilo going to confession.
"If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know you can make a lot of money," Trump said in the 2006 audio book, "How to Build a Fortune,” according to CNN. "If you're in a good cash position -- which I'm in a good cash position today -- then people like me would go in and buy like crazy."
So, get ready for six months of Hillary yelling "Trump Mortgage!" and Trump yelling back "Vince Foster!" until they both pass out and everyone cries.