Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recalls ‘gruesome’ attacks from Donald Trump’s army of alt-right anti-Semites
August 26, 2016
As published in the NY Daily News on August 25, 2016.
A Donald Trump presidency might be cause to flee for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“You guys can reach me in the Dominican Republic if there is a Trump administration,” Schneiderman joked during an appearance before the Daily News editorial board Thursday.
Schneiderman, who has accused the real estate mogul of fraud over his now defunct Trump University, said he’s been the subject of personal attacks from Trump and “gruesome,” anti-Semitic tweets from Trump supporters since he launched the lawsuit in 2013.
“This year’s presidential campaign has sort of ripped the cover off all of this sort of craziness and delusion in the country and it is disturbing,” Schneiderman, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, said.
“Although, I think probably we are better off having it out in the open rather than having winks and dog whistles for the bigots,” Schneiderman added.
Schneiderman also warned that: “You don’t get to choose your bigots. Once you go after Muslims and you go after Mexicans, it’s open season.”
The attorney general’s comments came as Trump this week tried to broaden his appeal to minorities and attacked Clinton as a “bigot” who takes minority voters for granted.
Trump has furiously denied the fraud claims brought by Schneiderman and has repeatedly described the attorney general as a “total lightweight.”
The case is not expected to go to trial until after the election.
New York’s highest court — The Court of Appeals — is expected to hold a hearing this fall on a motion by Trump’s lawyers to dismiss several of the claims brought by Schneiderman.