Clinton Hammers Trump Over Brexit Response in Ad, Decries ‘Bombast’

A Clinton surrogate says Trump focused on sprinkler systems while markets tanked.

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Trump: I See Parallel With Brexit Vote, U.S. Race

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, released a new national television ad on Sunday attacking likely Republican rival Donald Trump for his comments on the U.K's decision to leave the European Union, and later warned of the negative impact that "bombastic" behavior can have at times of crisis. 

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The ad, which will begin airing this week, comes as the two spar over the meaning of the Brexit vote and seek to portray it as as an argument bolstering their candidacies in the U.S.

The campaign of the former secretary of state, who had urged the U.K. not to leave, slammed the real-estate developer and TV personality for saying on Friday that his golf courses in Scotland would benefit from market turmoil that followed the vote, including an 8-percent decline in the British pound to the lowest level since 1985.

Trump has insisted that the combination of economic stagnation, anger at trade policies, and distrust of immigrants that helped propel the Brexit vote represents the same momentum that carried him to the Republican nomination and shows that Clinton is out of step with voters.

"Every president is tested by world events, but Donald Trump thinks about how his golf resort can profit from them," says Clinton's ad, which juxtaposes Trump's praise of the course with news reports of plummeting stock markets. "In a volatile world, the last thing we need is a volatile president."

A Clinton campaign announcement about the ad said Trump had cheered the Brexit vote and touted his potential profit from the decision "while markets plummeted and American families watched as their 401(k) accounts lose more than $100 billion in value in a day."

Trump hit back on social media on Sunday, calling it "disgraceful" that Clinton was "trying to wash away her bad judgment call on BREXIT with big dollar ads."

There are “great similarities between what happened here and my campaign,” Trump said Friday from the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland. 

Clinton spoke Sunday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. She said the U.S. needs leaders "who understand that bombastic comments in turbulent times can actually cause more turbulence. And who put the interests of the American people ahead of their personal business interests." 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter and potential vice-presidential pick, said on "Fox News Sunday" that there was significant anti-establishment sentiment in both the U.S. and the U.K. that would help Trump, but that a larger size of the minority vote in the U.S. limited the comparison.

"There’s some significant differences," Gingrich said.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who's been discussed as a Clinton running mate, said the Brexit response showed Trump was a "chaos candidate." "Hillary Clinton is about we, Donald Trump is about me," Perez said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." During the post-Brexit chaos Trump "talks about how great his sprinkler systems are," he added.

Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, said on "Fox News Sunday" that he didn't "want to create too many false equivalencies" between Brexit and the presidential election, but that there might be a similar "feeling of the electorate" between the two countries. "The next president is going to have to address that issue," Mook said.

The Clinton campaign's rapid response in getting a Brexit ad onto national airwaves also pointed to its financial advantage over Trump, whose campaign had about $1.3 million in cash on hand at the end of May to $42.5 million for Clinton, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Super-PACs supporting Clinton also had vastly more money to spend than those backing Trump. 

Asked on "This Week" if his party's candidate can win in November with that kind of deficit, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "No, but I hope he won't have that kind of money deficit come fall." McConnell twice declined in the interview to say that Trump was "qualified" to be president.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday showed Clinton holding a 12-point lead over Trump nationally. Trump, on Twitter, said ABC's poll sample was "heavy on Democrats. Very dishonest." Another poll, from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, showed Clinton up by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent, among registered voters. 

—With assistance from Jennifer Epstein in Indianapolis.

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