For a while, Donald Trump was the king of Atlantic City.
"When profits were easy in Atlantic City because of its monopoly on gambling east of Nevada, Trump did well," said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who has covered Donald Trump for decades.
"But he didn’t reinvest in his casinos, he sucked them dry as fast as he could, while others reinvested and those casinos continue to earn profits."
The bestselling author of The Making of Donald Trump said Trump didn't do much for the city. "Other than minor acts, like his casino hotel kitchens donating excess food, Trump did nothing to remake and improve Atlantic City," Johnston said. "Indeed, at every opportunity he talked about what a hell hole he considered it."
After Hillary Clinton attacked Trump's record of stiffing small business owners in this week's debate, Atlantic City native Arielle Brousse shared her impassioned thoughts about Trump and her hometown on Twitter:
He's not a great businessman. His business model is "run up huge debt and then refuse to pay it." Those who have followed his career in Atlantic City know to expect the worse.