Donald Trump is a member of New York’s ultra-elite, with a massive real-estate empire, a multibillion-dollar fortune and a coterie of high-powered friends that — he has boasted — includes celebrities, athletes and foreign leaders.
But there’s a segment of Manhattan’s upper crust that Trump conspicuously sneers at: Wall Street investors.
Since launching his White House campaign in June, the Republican frontrunner has slammed Wall Street — particularly hedge fund managers — as a special-interest group corrupting the political system. Last week, Trump unveiled a tax plan that would make certain wealthy investors pay higher taxes.
Politically, Trump’s attack lines on Wall Street are boosting his “outsider” image in an election cycle where the establishment candidates are struggling to dominate.