Fool me Once, Shame on You; Fool me Twice, Shame on Me: Trump as Business Failure.


Maybe if and when you voted for Donald Trump, you were mad as hell at liberals or Democrats or maybe you just hated Hillary. You’d vote for Trump or you’d stay home. Fair enough. You weren’t looking too closely at him. And he’s a great showman who’s even conned plenty of  New York bankers into giving him millions of dollars. Like so many, you voted for him because you believed that he was a successful businessman. A billionaire. An expert on management and making deals and making money.


Maybe you thought Trump was the guy you saw on 'The Apprentice.'
Maybe you thought Trump was the guy you saw on 'The Apprentice.'
You thought he operated the most luxurious gambling casinos.
You thought he operated the most luxurious gambling casinos.
You thought he developed luxury properties all over the world.
You thought he developed luxury properties all over the world.
You thought he owned his own airline.
You thought he owned his own airline. And that he even founded his own university so he could teach us all how to become rich and successful, too. Just like The Donald!
He even founded his own university to teach us all how to get rich and successful too.

Before the election, you might even have seen heart-warming stories that he used his new airline to fly our troops back from Desert Storm in time for Easter. You might have seen the post to the right on Facebook.

That clinched it. Trump wasn’t just a rich, handsome business man out for himself or a corrupt politician raking in all that money from businesses that want something from government and sell out hard working taxpayers.[1] He was going to put his wildly successful business aside and sacrifice billions of dollars for us-because he cares about us ordinary Americans!

And if we voted for him, he said was going to give us the very best health care in the world! He was going to bring back all those manufacturing jobs those greedy corporations sent overseas. He was even going to bring clean coal to America, bring back all those mining jobs. We were going to get tired of all that winning. He was going to make us great again!

What’s more, he was going to spend his own money to do it!  He was so rich he didn’t need the money from those sleazy lobbyists who were bribing all those politicians. He’d drain the swamp!!  

And he had even found Jesus!  He was redeemed! And some evangelical leaders even told us that he had been chosen by God!


Maybe you heard a few negative things but that’s politics.


“In 1991, at the end of Desert Storm, a 19 yr. old US Army Cavalry Scout Private who had just spent 8 months at war sat out on a street at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.

“He sat there with his duffle bag with his Battalion around him for 4 days waiting for the buses to come and take him to the King Fahad Airport so he could go home.

“Unfortunately, the politicians of the day never planned for how to bring so many soldiers home after the war ended, so there was a shortage of planes. Politicians are great at talking but terrible at doing.

“Finally the buses came and took the young man to the airport. The planes waiting were from Tower Air. The owner of Tower Air had volunteered his planes and staff to bring soldiers home for the cost of fuel only.

“Happily, the young soldier got home just in time for Easter weekend in 1991 and spent that time emotionally healing with friends and family surrounding him.

“That Private was me.

“Written by Ron Knouse.

“The Airline owner – Donald J Trump

“This needs to go viral. He’s done so many good things you never hear about.”


Now, four years later, we know so much more about him—at least those of us whose minds haven’t completely shut down when it comes to all things Trump. But I promise you: you don’t know one-tenth of it. Never mind what he’s done as president. Let’s just look at all those things he claimed to be when he convinced so many millions of Americans to vote for him, and compare them to what we’ve found out since.

First, let’s look at the story about all those soldiers he was supposed to have flown back home from Operation Desert Storm to make it back in time for Easter. The story then was that he had donated the services of his own airline to do it.

That Facebook post went viral, but it was an entirely made-up story!

It never happened.

Trump didn’t even own Tower Air, let alone transport troops out of Saudi Arabia.

Independent fact checkers that Facebook contracts with checked out the story. Facebook put a warning on that post. It was fake! (Or as Trump himself might have tweeted, FAKE!!!!) There might not have even been a Ron Knouse.

But this particular fable didn’t stop there.

Before the election, Trump’s favorite TV star, Sean Hannity, carried a variation of the story on a segment of his podcast and posted it.

The Trump campaign confirmed the story of his great generosity and patriotism. But that one never happened either! (The Marine pictured in the story went out on the campaign trail with him.)

Trump and his old buddy Hannity made the whole thing up. I know that’s hard to believe.  You really have to be a great con artist with absolutely no conscience to make up a story like that—and with such vivid details. Sure there were clues for suspicious people in the way the story was presented. The Marine said, “The way the story was told to us . . .” Hmmmm. But we’re just voters, not investigators. We accepted the story.

Hannity has since deleted the segment, an elaborate hoax, but not before the Trump campaign confirmed it and millions of people heard and read about it. To this day millions of people still don’t know the truth. Maybe you’re one of them.

Welcome to the Trump Show. It’s getting pretty old but maybe it’s got one more performance—and if it does, I fear we’re all dead.

This is only one episode among hundreds, really thousands of Trump con jobs that would take a lifetime to debunk. And I don’t have the time; I’m older than Trump.

Still, if you want more details or you don’t believe it, here’s a link to the “Washington Post” fact checker to get you started.


Again, you don’t have time to read and I don’t have the time or energy to post all the details of the genius businessman who bought the Eastern Airlines shuttle and made it the Trump Shuttle. I’ll give you the short version. Trump got some bankers to lend him about $365 million to buy Eastern Airlines Shuttle service late in 1988.


200 Stranded Marines Needed A Plane Ride Home, Here’s How Donald Trump Responded


Posted Thursday, May 19th 2016 @ 11am  by Lauren

Hannity repeated this Marine's totally false tale of Trump's alleged generosity.
Hannity repeated this Marine’s totally false tale of Trump’s alleged generosity.

Some 200 Marines took two trips on a Trump-owned plane from North Carolina to Florida after a logistics error left them stranded, according to Cpl. Ryan Stickney.

“Stickney says that in his 28 years of public service, he has yet to see this kind of support for the troops from any of the other candidates running for president: ‘I have not seen a Clinton or Sanders plane, or anything else for that matter, sent to support the troops.'”

“‘The way the story was told to us was that Mr. Trump found out about it and sent the airline down to take care of us. And that’s all we knew . . . I remember asking “Who is Donald Trump?” I truly didn’t know anything about him,'” the former Marine said.”

“The Sean Hannity Show Podcast is now available on iTunes and Google Play! Don’t miss an episode!”

Click here to see the original.


Trump received a fleet of 17 Boeing 727s and landing facilities in the three cities: New York, Washington, and Boston. He painted “TRUMP” on the fuselages and glitzed them up with gold-colored bathroom fixtures. Soon after the planes got off the ground with his name plastered all over them, he defaulted on his loans, his creditors took over, and In 1992, the whole mess was merged into a new corporation, Shuttle Inc. Poof! No more Trump Airlines. But I’ll bet some of those Marines still believe he got them home for Easter.

This is how Trump brags about exploiting the law to his own advantage.
This is how Trump brags about exploiting the law to his own advantage.

So don’t think you’re the only one who Trump ever conned. He’s been involved in about 4,000 lawsuits! (That’s not a typo. Four thousand lawsuits. Really.) It’s a Guinness Book of Records number by a mile. He’s stiffed everybody from Wall Street bankers, for whom we have no sympathy, to the smallest business owners, whom we should care about.

As for “the number 1 best-selling business book of all time,” a claim he made about “The Art of the Deal,” it was nowhere close. And you’ll never find a business school in the country that takes that book seriously. It’s not really a business book, anyway. It’s a sort of made-up memoir about all his supposed business successes. Besides, Trump didn’t write it. He hired a ghost writer, Tony Schwartz. He took the money Trump paid him and now he’s going around beating his chest about how he shouldn’t have done it, and that he was a key reason Trump is in the White House.

That’s a little bit self-important. Maybe I’d have more sympathy for Schwartz if he gave the money back or donated it to The Lincoln Project. That is a group of Republicans and conservatives who realize the danger we’re in and are trying to tell people the truth. You can see some of their videos here. They’re worth looking at. These aren’t liberal Democrats. The Lincoln Project

Even though I don’t have much sympathy for Trump’s ghost writer, that’s beside the point. Schwartz has a lot to say. I’ll just give you the gist.

Trump's ghost writer says this book is riddled with lies, describing clear failures as business successes.
Trump’s ghost writer says this book is riddled with lies, describing clear failures as business successes.

Many of the deals in “The Art of the Deal” were massive failures—among them the casinos he owned and the launch of a league to rival the National Football League—but Trump had me describe each of them as a huge success. . . .

“Facts are whatever Trump deems them to be on any given day. When he is challenged, he instinctively doubles down—even when what he has just said is demonstrably false. I saw that countless times, whether it was as trivial as exaggerating the number of floors at Trump Tower or as consequential as telling me that his casinos were performing well when they were actually going bankrupt.”

So much for Trump’s books. What? You really think Trump wrote books? Come on. Don’t keep conning yourself because somehow you still like the guy’s personality and looks. Or because you hate liberals or Democrats so much. You don’t have to love them to know this guy is a bum. (Follow this link to The Lincoln Project to see what honest conservatives say about him.)

We’ve posted some of the stories about Trump the great real estate developer. Maybe we’ll drill deeper into what was really going on. Such as his relationship with Fat Tony Salerno, the Mafia boss who controlled the concrete industry and who was instrumental in building Trump Tower, or the narcotics dealers and gambling ring syndicates who worked out of Trump Tower.

But if you’ve read any of what we’ve already posted, you know that Donald Trump is a career criminal who’s spent years as the chief money launderer for the Putin Gang. Put a placeholder in that. We’ll come back to it when we give you the facts on why Trump not only should be defeated but should be in prison—not only as a big-time crook but as a traitor. Let’s go back to what you thought he might have been when you voted for him.

The results of Trump's self-proclaimed business genius: bankruptcy after bankruptcy.
The results of Trump’s self-proclaimed business genius: bankruptcy after bankruptcy.

I don’t think I have to tell you what happened to Trump’s casinos. They say one picture is worth a thousand words.

But who cares about the failure of gambling casinos? Step back and think about the people whose lives he crippled. There are hundreds of stories like the one below. I picked this one at random. There are many far worse. But it’s typical of the thousands of lawsuits he’s been involved in. This one didn’t go to court because the small business owner couldn’t afford it.

“I’m one of the many small business owners who’ve been used by Trump, exploited and forced to suffer a loss because of his corporation’s shady practices.

“My relationship with Trump began in 1989, when he asked me to supply several grand and upright pianos to his then-new Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. I’d been running a music store for more than 30 years at that point, selling instruments to local schools and residents. My business was very much a family affair (my grandsons still run the store). And I had a great relationship with my customers—no one had ever failed to pay.

“I was thrilled to get a $100,000 contract from Trump. It was one of the biggest sales I’d ever made. I was supposed to deliver and tune the pianos; the Trump corporation would pay me within 90 days. I asked my lawyer if I should ask for payment upfront, and he laughed. “It’s Donald Trump!” he told me. “He’s got lots of money.”

“But when I requested payment, the Trump Corporation hemmed and hawed. Its executives avoided my calls and crafted excuses. After a couple of months, I got a letter telling me that the casino was short on funds. They would pay 70 percent of what they owed me. There was no negotiating. I didn’t know what to do—I couldn’t afford to sue the Trump corporation, and I needed money to pay my piano suppliers. So I took the $70,000.

“Losing $30,000 was a big hit to me and my family. The profit from Trump was meant to be a big part of my salary for the year. So I made much less. There was no money to help grow my business. I had fewer pianos in the showroom and a smaller advertising budget. Because of Trump, my store stagnated for a couple of years. It made me feel really bad, like I’d been taken advantage of. I was embarrassed.

“Today, when I hear Trump brag about paying small business owners less than he agreed, I get angry. He’s always suggesting that the people who worked for him didn’t do the right job, didn’t complete their work on time, that something was wrong. But I delivered quality pianos, tuned and ready to go. I did everything right. And then Trump cheated me. It’s a callous way to do business.”

By J. Michael Diehl
J. Michael Diehl is the retired owner of Freehold Music Center in Freehold, N.J.
September 28, 2016

Okay, you didn’t see that story before you voted in November 2016. Neither did I.  But I didn’t have to. I’m a lifelong New Yorker. I worked for a Republican state senate majority leader, a Republican mayor, and a Republican district attorney, in Queens as a matter of fact, right near Donald’s home.

Along with millions of other New Yorkers, I understood who Donald Trump was long before you ever heard of him.

He lost the 2016 election among New York City voters by almost 10-1 margins in some of the five counties, by about 5-1 in Queens, and by more than 20 percent statewide. (And I’ll assure you: New York State isn’t anywhere near as liberal as it’s been painted to be.)

The only one of New York City’s five counties he won was Staten Island. And remember, before our current mayor, Bill de Blasio, New York City had twenty years of Republican mayors. We even voted for Rudy Giuliani, a vote most New Yorkers now deeply regret.

We know Donald Trump! We’ve been fed up for a long time. But we never thought anyone who is as big a crook and con man as we know him to be could ever be elected president. We were wrong. My only regret is that we didn’t do more to warn people about him when he first talked about running.

Oh: and about that Trump so-called “University”? Trump told prospective students that Stanford, Northwestern and Columbia Business Schools were all involved with his venture. Just like with those troops returning from the Mideast in time for Easter, that was a bald-faced lie. Those prestigious (and genuine) schools had nothing to do with the Trump scam that ended up with his “University” ordered shut down and Trump ordered to pay back $25 million to the students he’d conned.


There’s a back story to the Trump University scam. In case you missed it, we’ll tell you about in a future post. It involves Pam Bondi, Florida’s former state attorney general. Before the 2016 campaign, she announced that she was investigating Trump University. Trump rushed her a check for $25,000 for her re-election campaign. The check was written on a Trump Foundation bank account. It was blatantly and brazenly a bribe. It was also an illegal expenditure from a supposedly non-profit foundation. A few years later, Bondi went to work for Trump as part of his impeachment defense team. She’s now a lobbyist and one of what can be considered Trump’s Florida mafia. We’ll tell you about that in another piece. Meanwhile, the Trump Foundation was shut down. Trump and his three eldest children, Donald Junior, Eric and Ivanka, barred from participating in any charitable organization.

There’s another whole story to be told about the scams involving the Trump Foundation. New York state’s then-attorney general, Barbara D. Underwood, revealed this. They are pretty revolting.

To sum all this up: the notion that Donald Trump has ever been a brilliant businessman, master of “the deal,” or even a competent manager went a long way toward getting him elected president. And once in the Oval Office, the same incompetence, greed and dishonesty that stiffed so many workers, lenders and small businesses have been disastrous for the United States and, indeed, the whole world.

One last word. A couple of days ago, someone on the Fed Up New Yorkers Facebook page cited scripture in support of this man. My response: If you’ve sincere, and you may be, shouldn’t you consider Matthew 7:15-20?

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

[1]  I just have to point out here that there are always two parties to these political bribes—the giver and the taker. In New York, Trump was the bribe-giver. He paid politicians, mostly Democrats, to get what he wanted. Now that’s not even controversial. He’s always admitted it.


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