DEMS DIS­PUTE TRUMP PLAN

Shapiro and other lo­cal Democrats crit­i­cize Trump over uni­ver­sity scan­dal

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lu­cas Rodgers lrodgers@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Lu­casMRodgers on Twit­ter

AS­TON >> While Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump was set to speak to lo­cal and state GOP of­fi­cials about his child care pol­icy in a pri­vate meet­ing Tues­day night at the As­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, his sup­port­ers ral­lied out­side the build­ing. How­ever, not ev­ery­one who gath­ered along both sides of Con­cord Road out­side the com­mu­nity cen­ter was there to sup­port the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man.

Josh Shapiro, Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers’ chair­man and Demo­cratic can­di­date for Penn­syl­va­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral, held a news con­fer­ence across the street from the com­mu­nity cen­ter to crit­i­cize Trump. Shapiro said the “twisted rules” and

“scams” of Trump Uni­ver­sity and the Trump Foun­da­tion show he is un­fit to be pres­i­dent.

“I’m run­ning to be the peo­ple’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, and stand up to guys at the top of the rip-off econ­omy like Don­ald Trump, no mat­ter how big or pow­er­ful,” said Shapiro, who is run­ning against state Sen. John Raf­ferty, R-44, of Col­legeville, for at­tor­ney gen­eral in Novem­ber. “Don­ald Trump has a his­tory of tak­ing ad­van­tage of peo­ple, push­ing phony scams, and vi­o­lat­ing the rules just to boost him­self. He bilked peo­ple – in­clud­ing Penn­syl­va­ni­ans – out of their money with his preda­tory Trump Uni­ver­sity and then, dis­turbingly, ap­pears he may have tried to use his faux char­ity’s money to try to re­tal­i­ate against an at­tor­ney gen­eral who held him ac­count­able for cheat­ing peo­ple out of mil­lions.

“Each rev­e­la­tion about Trump shows how he’s twisted the rules to help him­self at oth­ers’ ex­pense. A man who abuses the sys­tem to his ad­van­tage in such a brazen man­ner, and re­peat­edly lies about it, can­not be trusted with the power of the pres­i­dency. Penn­syl­va­ni­ans have had enough of the pow­er­ful and well con­nected play­ing by a dif­fer­ent set of rules and hurt­ing us - to­gether we can stop one of them on Nov. 8, and as your at­tor­ney gen­eral I’ll keep up the fight.”

Shapiro said he be­lieves in rais­ing ev­ery­body up, and that’s why he sup­ports Hil­lary Clin­ton for pres­i­dent. He said Clin­ton’s eco­nomic plan is about help­ing the in­ter­ests of all Amer­i­cans.

Beth Alois, first vice chair­woman of the Delaware County Demo­cratic Party, said Trump uses other peo­ple’s money to ben­e­fit him­self, and he’s not fit to be pres­i­dent.

Delaware County Demo­cratic Party Chair­man David Lan­dau said Trump’s newly un­veiled child care plan is too lit­tle too late, and it’s not thought out well. He said it’s just an­other ex­am­ple of Trump’s sex­ist view of the world, and he’s only talk­ing about the plan to try to im­prove his fa­vor­a­bil­ity rat­ings with women. Lan­dau said Trump is in deep trou­ble in Delaware County, and Clin­ton will win the county and help sweep in other down-bal­lot Demo­cratic can­di­dates.

Shapiro said things are not look­ing any bet­ter for Trump in Mont­gomery County. “Subur­ban Philadel­phia is not buy­ing what Trump is sell­ing,” he said. “They look at Trump, and they don’t like what they see.”

Af­ter the news con­fer­ence, Trump’s sup­port­ers and de­trac­tors con­tin­ued to hang around out­side the com­mu­nity cen­ter while Trump de­liv­ered a speech inside. The pub­lic was not granted ac­cess inside the com­mu­nity cen­ter.

John and Margie Dy­ck­man, who have lived in As­ton for more than 50 years, said they are reg­is­tered Repub­li­cans, and they’re sup­port­ing Trump for pres­i­dent. John Dy­ck­man said the No. 1 thing he likes about Trump is that he’s a busi­ness­man, not a politi­cian, so he’ll put a stop on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s bor­row­ing and spend­ing, and work to­ward pay­ing off the na­tional debt.

Car­men Vasat­uro, a 28-year-old from South Philadel­phia, said he sup­ports Trump’s plan to build a wall along Amer­ica’s south­ern bor­der, and he sup­ports what the wall rep­re­sents. He said it’s a gift to be born in Amer­ica, and le­gal im­mi­gra­tion is OK, but il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion is wrong, and it’s hurt­ing the econ­omy.

Vasat­uro said this is the first year he’s ever voted be­cause when he was younger he didn’t think his vote would mat­ter, but now he fol­lows pol­i­tics more closely. He said he voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Penn­syl­va­nia’s Repub­li­can pri­mary, and he still re­spects Cruz, but among the cur­rent can­di­dates, Trump is the most trust­wor­thy and clos­est to his mo­rals. Vasat­uro said he be­lieves Trump re­ally loves Amer­ica and sees po­ten­tial for the coun­try, but Clin­ton does not love Amer­ica as it is now, and in­stead she wants to turn the coun­try into some­thing she’ll love.

Laura Wentz, 4th Dis­trict leader of the Up­per Darby Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee, said she came to the event to protest against Trump. She said Trump rep­re­sents the de­struc­tion of ev­ery­thing she stands for, such as women’s rights, a $15-per­hour min­i­mum wage, work­ers’ rights, pay eq­uity, paid fam­ily leave, and high qual­ity child care in every zip code. She held a sign de­scrib­ing Trump’s child care plan as a “9th-in­ning empty political prom­ise.”

Wentz said Trump rep­re­sents pre­his­toric poli­cies that would only ben­e­fit the 1 per­cent and cor­po­ra­tions, and cre­ate a feu­dal sys­tem in Amer­ica. She said she sup­ports Clin­ton, and sees a beau­ti­ful fu­ture for Amer­ica with her, but there is no fu­ture with Trump, or at least not a pleas­ant one.

David Schol­nick, 41, of Philadel­phia, said that as the fa­ther of an 18-mon­thold baby, he sup­ports paid fam­ily leave for all par­ents. He said Trump may talk about child care, but he could do one bet­ter and fol­low Clin­ton’s lead with her plan for paid fam­ily and med­i­cal leave. Schol­nick said he wishes Trump would sup­port some­thing that ben­e­fits ev­ery­one.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Vince Wo­j­ciechowski of As­ton, left, and Ruth Galvin of Booth­wyn ar­gue dur­ing Don­ald Trump’s ap­pear­ance at the As­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Tues­day night.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers’ Chair­man Josh Shapiro, a Demo­crat who is run­ning for Penn­syl­va­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral in Novem­ber, gave a re­but­tal to the Don­ald Trump visit. With him is Beth Alois, first vice chair­woman of the Delaware County Demo­cratic Party.

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