Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a long list of promises he said would fulfill his pledge to make America great again (Despite the fact America always has been great, is great and always will be great). Promises were all he had. No details, no specifics and no actual action plans. That is the Trump way. He promises a lot and delivers nothing.
Trump claims to be a great businessman, but it doesn't take much research to find his business and personal failures.
King Trump promised glitzy, money-making casinos to boost the gaming industry in Atlantic City. They failed and went bankrupt, leaving investors losing everything they put into the project. However, one "investor" didn't lose, that would be Trump. He paid himself millions in "management fees" while ignoring the fact his casinos never made money, were financed with junk bonds, and were destined to fail. He didn't lose any money because he used junk bonds to finance the projects.
King Trump also used junk bonds to buy the Eastern Shuttle and promised to turn it into a "showcase" air shuttle service. It ended in bankruptcy and no longer exists.
He promised to personally recruit "outstanding executive talent" as instructors for Trump University along with promising personal counseling to those who ran up thousands of dollars in fees, maxing out their credit cards in the process. In a court deposition, Trump could not name a single "instructor" of Trump University and no record ever showed he had a hand in hiring anyone. He did get fees for himself before the "university" closed. It is now under investigation by numerous states and attorney generals for fraud.
THE MORTGAGE BUSINESS
Trump launched "Trump Mortgage" with promises to create a "new, innovative program" of financing for property purchase. It failed and is no longer in business.
Trump promised "thousands of jobs" and a big personal stake in his much-hyped Aberdeenshire golf resort in Scotland. It has lost money since opening in 2012, the promised jobs never came and, as usual, he used other people's money, not his own.
He purchased The Plaza Hotel in New York City and promised "a complete showcase renovation." It went bankrupt.
LAWSUITS AND CHEATING
Trump, the self-claimed "great businessman" has been sued more than 3,500 times by small business owners who say he never paid what he owed for their work on projects.
Hundreds of dishwashers, painters, and even his own lawyers, say they were never paid by Trump.
Trump hired Philadelphia cabinet maker Edward Friel Jr. in the1980 to build custom enclosures and fixtures for Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Trump never paid and Friel's small business went under.
USA Today reported, "Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will 'protect your job.' But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades with a large number of those involving ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them."
The U.S. Department of Labor says Trump's companies have been cited 24 times for serious violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, resulting in thousands of dollars in fines. More than 200 "mechanics liens" currently exist against Trump and his properties for unpaid bills.
This is a man who claims to be a great businessman who keeps his promises?
When Trump started his campaign for President in 2015, he promised Americans that he would "self-fund" his run. Now he is seeking donations from any and all. He cozied up during the just-finished Republican Convention to Las Vegas casino operator Sheldon Adelson and is seeking millions in donations. Trump promised to not seek or accept donations from "special interests." Now he's taking all he can get from any interest, special or otherwise.
Donald Trump is promising many things he claims he will do as President. Can we believe him? Some, sadly, may be stupid enough to believe what he claims. They will join a long and ever growing list of those who believed Donald Trump, fell for his lies and walked away broke, disappointed or both.
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