New Clinton ad features underpaid Trump Taj Mahal contractor

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is rolling out a new ad featuring a former piano seller who claims he was not fully paid for instruments bought by the Trump Taj Mahal.

It is one of several Clinton ads highlighting the stories of unpaid and underpaid contractors who did business with Donald Trump’s companies, including his former casinos in Atlantic City, some of which have gone bankrupt and closed.

“I either got ‘we’ll call you back’ or ‘you have to talk to somebody else’ or ‘we’ll do the best we can,'” said Michael Diehl of his dealings with the Taj Mahal. Two months after that phone call, Diehl claims, Taj Mahal management offered to pay him in full once the casino made more money or to pay him 70 percent of what it owed at that point, an offer he accepted.

“[Trump] has no plans for doing anything that’s constructive for anybody except himself,” said Diehl. “The little man’s gonna suffer” if Trump becomes president.

A previous ad featured architect Andrew Tesoro, who claimed he was paid less than half of what was agreed upon to design the clubhouse for the Trump National Golf Club.

Throughout the race, the Democratic Clinton campaign has repeatedly attacked Republican Trump for allowing his Atlantic City casinos to go bankrupt, causing workers to lose jobs and creditors to lose money.

Clinton even stopped by the Atlantic City Boardwalk earlier this month to deliver a speech outside the now-shuttered Trump Plaza slamming her rival’s business dealings in the seaside gambling town.

The Trump campaign did not return several requests for comment, but the businessman has said in the past that he has used bankruptcy laws to benefit himself and his companies.

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