- The Donald’s sense of entitlement led him to develop a golf course project in Scotland. In my opinion he chose Scotland because that is the land where the sport of golf was invented more than 500 years ago. Golf is of course connotes itself as being the sport of the “Upper Classes” and being golfer marks one with an elite cachet, even as the players have increasingly come from the salaried classes. Having a luxury golf course and resort in Scotland would give the Trump name the cachet associated with hundreds of years of this elite sports’ history. The following though, shows his highhandedness and sense that he is a most important and entitled person:
“In 2006, Trump bought the Menie estate in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland announcing that he intended to create the best golf course in the world on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The project includes plans for a hotel, holiday homes, housing and two golf courses. It led to controversy, with opposition voiced by environmentalists, and planning permission was initially refused by Aberdeenshire Council. In 2008 the local authority was overruled by the Scottish government, First Minister Alex Salmond citing economic benefits Trump had promised as justifying the unusual step of permitting development on an SSSI. These figures were disputed by the London School of Economics.
In 2009, Aberdeenshire Council received a request on behalf of Trump International Golf Links Scotland to approve compulsory purchase orders on a number of local homes. A protest group campaigned actively, using mass land purchase as a tactic. In late January 2011 Trump International stated that it had “no interest” in pursuing compulsory purchase orders and that it had never applied for them.[unreliable source?]
An award-winning 2011 documentary film, You’ve Been Trumped, by Anthony Baxter, follows the development’s progress, showing Trump speaking locally about his ambitions for the project, insulting a local farmer, who he claimed lived in “a slum”, and being awarded an honorary degree by The Robert Gordon University, in spite of a professor at that university returning his own honorary degree in protest.[unreliable source?] It also queries the supposed economic benefits, the ecological impact and the effect on local residents. When it was announced that the documentary was to be given its UK television première on BBC Two on October 21, 2012, Trump’s lawyers contacted the BBC to demand that the film should not be shown, claiming that it was defamatory and misleading. The screening went ahead, the BBC defending the decision and stating that Trump had refused the opportunity to take part in the film.
Trump has objected to plans for an offshore windfarm to be built within sight of the golf links. In 2011, he wrote to First Minister Alex Salmond expressing his view that the planned structures were ugly. He denied that he was concerned only with the view from the golf links, saying, “It is not only for my project, it is more to preserve Scotland’s beautiful coastline and natural heritage.” In 2012, Trump announced that if the windfarm were built he would abandon his plans for the hotel and housing at the golf links. Trump’s advertisement comparing wind farms to terrorism was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority.”
Trump has extended his brand into owning the “Miss Universe” contest and:
“The Miss Universe Organization has been owned by Donald Trump since 1996 and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) became a joint partner in 2003. The organization produces the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA pageants. In December 2006, talk show host Rosie O’Donnell criticized Trump’s lenience toward Miss USA, Tara Conner, who had violated pageant behavioral guidelines. This sparked a tabloid war between the two celebrities which lasted for several weeks thereafter.”
Trump also become a TV star:
“In 2003, Trump became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show, The Apprentice, in which a group of competitors battled for a high-level management job in one of Trump’s commercial enterprises. The other contestants were successively “fired” and eliminated from the game. In 2004, Donald Trump filed a trademark application for the catchphrase “You’re fired.”
For the first year of the show Trump was paid $50,000 per episode (roughly $700,000 for the first season), but following the show’s initial success, he is now[when?] paid a reported $3 million per episode, making him one of the highest paid TV personalities. In 2007, Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television (The Apprentice).
Along with British TV producer Mark Burnett, Trump also put together The Celebrity Apprentice, where well-known stars compete to win money for their charities. While Trump and Burnett co-produced the show, Trump stayed in the forefront, deciding winners and “firing” losers.”
The premise of Trump’s fame is that he is a financial genius and a superb manager. His history as shown, reveals that this is not truly the case. Trump is a man who has artfully marketed himself as something he is not. Nevertheless, the man has managed to sell himself and the lavish lifestyle of America’s upper classes, as something that the rest of us should bow to and emulate. A Trump story appeared that shows how the man has used his carefully created mythology to further make money, selling the myth to people that by emulating his “wisdom” they too can become rich and join the elite:
(CNN) – New York’s attorney general accused Donald Trump in a lawsuit Saturday of defrauding students who studied at the billionaire mogul’s investment institute, though Trump’s representative said a large majority of the school’s alumni were satisfied with their experience. The $40 million civil suit alleges Trump made false claims about the school, including that he was personally involved in selecting instructors and creating the curriculum.
Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, said Trump had crafted a “bait and switch” with his school, using his well-known name. “Trading on his celebrity status, Mr. Trump personally appeared in advertisements making false promises to convince people to spend tens of thousands of dollars they couldn’t afford for lessons they never got,” he wrote in a statement. “No one, no matter how rich or famous they are, has a right to scam hard working New Yorkers. Anyone who does should expect to be held accountable.”
The suit names both Trump, the chairman of the school, and Michael Sexton, its former president, as defendants. Schneiderman is seeking $40 million to repay customers who have enrolled in the school, as well as additional penalties and fines. On Twitter, Trump called Schneiderman a “lightweight” and said the attorney general was “trying to extort me with a civil law suit.”
He also linked to a website that claims 98% of Trump University’s former students were satisfied with their experience. Michael Cohen, executive vice president of the Trump Organization and a lawyer for the billionaire, said the suit “has no merit and is nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt to deflect from (Schneiderman’s) weak job performance.”
“I am shocked he didn’t leak it to the Kris Kardashian show,” Cohen continued. “Maybe his office should focus more of their attention and the use of our tax dollars on bringing to justice those responsible for the financial meltdown.” Cohen also pointed to the website citing an approval rating of 98% for the Trump investing classes, saying the figure was derived from questionnaires submitted by students upon completing the course of study. He said the website was created in anticipation of the lawsuit.
Trump University became the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative in 2010 after the New York State Education Department said the company could not use the term “university” without its consent. In 2011, the attorney general began investigating it, along with several other for-profit educational institutions.
Former students in California have also sued Trump’s school, saying its advertising misled them into spending thousands of dollars on workshops and “mentorships.” In a class-action suit filed in 2010, the former students say Trump University is “like an infomercial” that lures customers with the Trump name but fails to deliver on its promises of success in real estate.
The Trump school offered courses in real estate, asset management, entrepreneurship and wealth creation. The courses ranged in price from $1,495 for a three-day workshop to $34,995 for a “full education.” Unlike other for-profit schools, Trump’s outfit relies heavily on the brand of its namesake. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/25/n-y-attorney-general-suing-trumps-school-for-fraud/
The norm for “The Donald” is to strike back at those who attack him by essentially calling them names that are quite true about Trump himself. He accuses Schneiderman of having “weak job performance”, when in truth Trump’s record as an entrepreneur is the epitome of incompetence rescued through wealth and connections. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman responded:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman blasted Donald Trump on HuffPost for allegedly making false promises and scamming student entrepreneurs out of money at Trump University. In describing the alleged scam, Schneiderman brought up Bernie Madoff and when asked by host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin whether the two cases were similar, the New York attorney general drew comparisons between the real estate tycoon and Madoff.
“What they were telling people they were going to get is clearly not what they got,” Schneiderman said of Trump’s promises to teach his secrets to success in real estate. “And look unfortunately in hard economic times, desperate people sometimes make the best victims.”
“There’s a class action [lawsuit] on behalf of his students against him in California,” continued Schneiderman. “[Trump] sued the named plaintiff for defamation. It was struck down by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a major federal court that said, ‘Victims often sing the praises of their victimizers until the moment they realize their money is gone,’ and compared Trump to Bernie Madoff.”
When asked directly if Trump is like Madoff, Schneiderman said, “It was a scheme to lure people in with promises of very unrealistic returns on their investment and returns on their time …. It was really ludicrous representations that were being made. And about 5,000 people across the country were deceived, and they put up about 40 million bucks, a lot of it ending up in Mr. Trump’s pocket. It’s just a plain old bait and switch scheme. It’s a classic.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/ny-attorney-general-trump-madoff_n_3824869.html
As we know, Trump settled Attorney General Schneiderman’s lawsuit during his Presidential campaign for $25 million.
We are fast creating a culture in America that worships wealth and celebrity. This new nobility are people who seemingly have become immune to failure. They have also become role models for a populace that finds itself slowly descending into an almost serf like status, panicked by the possibility of falling into the lower classes. They grasp at straws and envision themselves above the crowd, living the charmed life of the elite. How sad it is that someone would let themselves be duped into thinking that Donald Trump could teach them how to get rich and thus rise into the upper class, which in truth in popular mythology has become the only class that matters. Many of us have been sold the myth that it is only wealth and fame that matters. We strive to grasp this golden ticket into happiness by any means possible, including paying dear money to a glorified huckster whose only wisdom is how one can be born rich and thus stay that way. If those like Trump, the Koch’s, and the Mellon’s had their way almost all of us will become serfs, living on their largess and acting for their pleasure.
As I watch this incompetent and dangerous narcissist, bumbling his way through the early stages of his Presidency, my emotions are torn between loathing, bitter laughter and gut wrenching fear for the future. The Republican Party has crowned an aspiring “Emperor” in Trump and I am unable to trust that they will intervene to save our country. In the five months since New Year’s Day,
The Republicans in Congress have been gleeful and giddy in their complete power over the three branches of the United States Government. The truth for most of these legislators, is that they too have been bought and paid for by the elite “Aristocrats” of unlimited wealth who have this Country in their grip.
Part Three Tomorrow.