Trump live-tweets Clinton's speech ripping his economic plan as a scheme to "bankrupt America like one of his failed casinos"

"He is giving more away to the 120,000 richest Americans than he would to the 120 million hardworking Americans"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Published June 21, 2016 5:30PM (EDT)

 Donald Trump and Hillary clinton
Donald Trump and Hillary clinton

Donald Trump has brushed aside the mounting evidence that he is running the least organized and funded campaign for president from a major political party nominee in modern history by insisting that he'll simply coast to the White House with a heavy lift from free media and some extra cash from his personal bank account. While rival Hillary Clinton delivered her opening salvo against the businessman's economic proposals, Trump attempted to show that his campaign hasn't skipped a beat since campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's ousting on Monday, live-tweeting and instagramming his rapid response in real time.

"A few weeks ago I said his foreign policy proposals and reckless statements represent a danger to the national security," Clinton said of Trump Tuesday. "You might think that because he has spent his life as a businessman, he'd be better prepared to handle the economy. Well, it turns out, he's dangerous there, too," Clinton continued.

"Just like he shouldn’t have his finger on the button, he shouldn’t have his hands on our economy."

Clinton's entire speech received live coverage on all three cable news networks (yes, even Fox News), even as she hit Trump on the economy from the left:

[Trump] wants to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new consumer watchdog that Sen. Warren helped create to protect families from unfair and deceptive business practices. That new agency has already secured billions of dollars in returns for people who have been ripped off. Donald Trump wants to get rid of it...I would veto any effort to weaken those reforms. I will defend and strengthen them both for the big banks and the shadow banking system. I will vigorously enforce the law because we can’t ever let Wall Street wreck Main Street again.

"The King of Debt has no real plan for making college debt payable back or making college debt free. ... He has no ideas on how to strengthen Medicare or expand Social Security - in fact his tax plan would endanger both."

"But maybe we shouldn't expect better from someone whose famous words are: 'You're fired,'" Clinton added.

Trump, for his part, took to social media to hit back at Trump, live-tweeting his rapid response to Clinton's speech:

Clinton plans to continue hitting Trump on the economy throughout the week, launching a website to highlight Trump's record of business failures and delivering a more detailed economic policy speech on Wednesday. Trump also plans to deliver a speech in New York Wednesday attacking Clinton.

Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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