See What Them Racket Boys Can Do: Carl Icahn, Bernie Sanders Trade Barbs On Atlantic City
Speaking in Atlantic City on the eve of the Democratic primary in West Virginia, Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized Donald Trump's presence in the seaside town.
"You don't think he is a brilliant, successful businessman who can continue the tide of prosperity to America that he has brought here to Atlantic City?" Sanders said sarcastically about the Republican nominee, followed by boos and jeers in reference to Trump. Sanders also swiped at Carl Icahn, saying his "greed [was] destroying America" and mocked Trump's troubles in the casino city. Earlier this year, Icahn bought the Trump Taj Mahal after it went bankrupt.
Icahn wasn't about to go down without a fight.
"Bernie Sanders has received support from the UniteHere union and has made several remarks tying me to the difficulties facing Atlantic City — without even bothering to give me a call to hear my views and the real facts," Icahn wrote in a note released Monday afternoon. "So, here are the facts."
"Few would disagree that the Taj would have closed with thousands of job losses if I hadn’t come in and provided tens of millions in capital to save it and save those jobs," Icahn continued. "The same thing would have happened at the Tropicana if I hadn't become involved, risking close to $100 million, to make it one of the few success stories in Atlantic City, and saving and creating thousands of jobs along the way."
"UniteHere, the Atlantic City union, has squeezed and squeezed the city's most important employers and in the process has forced five casinos to close with thousands of jobs lost. Also, a little known fact: the UniteHere healthcare fund has made over $250 million in the past few years due to forcing companies into their exorbitant health plan, or else face labor disruption such as strikes It is reprehensible that the union should make this type of money which benefits their top executives, while thousands and thousands of workers are losing their jobs."
The note concluded, "But, I do agree with Bernie Sanders on one thing: the income gap in this country is a major problem and I agree (with certain exceptions) that those that manage capital, as well as many CEOs, are ridiculously overpaid. If this problem is not addressed, there may well be disastrous consequences for the country."
Your move, Bernie.
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