Hillary Clinton’s campaign held an event outside of a failed Donald Trump tower in Fort Lauderdale Thursday to criticize Trump’s business practices and multiple bankruptcies a day before he speaks in Miami.
The event was held outside the Conrad hotel which was initially going to be the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Fort Lauderdale beach. The project collapsed and buyers lost millions and sparked multiple lawsuits. Trump said he was not the developer and hand only lent his name to the project.
Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam recounted how investors bought into the Trump name and then lost money.
“As he runs out on them will he run out on this country?” Messam said at the press conference.
Messam has been a longtime surrogate for the Clinton campaign including in South Carolina during the primary. Back home in Florida, he is seen as a surrogate to reach out to African-American and Caribbean voters. Messam is the son of Jamaican immigrants -- his father was a migrant worker who cut sugar cane. His parents eventually stayed in Florida and Messam was born here and grew up in Belle Glade, a black-majority city in Palm Beach County.
Messam was elected mayor of Miramar -- a minority-majority city -- in 2015 after serving for a few years as a city commissioner.
Messam said that if Trump’s policies were in place when his father and other immigrants were trying to enter the U.S., “we would not be standing here today.”
The other speakers at the event were Monica Russo, president of the Service Employees International Union which has endorsed Clinton and Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich, a Democrat challenging Hialeah state Rep. Manny Diaz Jr.
“We wanted to let you know Donald Trump we are going to fire you in November,” Russo said.