Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump issued a 76-minute acceptance speech with a long list of promises that he said would fulfill his pledge to make America great again.
Promises were all he had. No details, no specifics and no actual action plans.
Which is the Trump way. He promises a lot. He does not deliver.
Trump claims he is a great businessman but it doesn’t take a lot of research to find his many business and personal failures.
He 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.
One “investor” didn’t lose. Trump paid himself millions in “management fees” while ignoring the sad business fact that his casinos never made money, were financed with a lot of junk bonds, and were destined to fail. He didn’t lose any money because he used junk bonds to finance the projects.
He used also junk bonds to buy the Eastern Shuttle and promised to turn it into a “showcase” sir shuttle service. It ended in bankruptcy and no longer exists.
He promised to personally recruit “outstanding executive talent” as instructors for Trump University and also promised personal counseling to those who ran up thousands of dollars in fees, often maxing out their credit cards.
In a deposition, Trump could not name a single “instructor” of Trump University and no record ever showed he ever had a hand in hiring anyone. He did get fees for himself before the “university” closed. It is now under investigation by states and attorney generals for fraud.
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.
He 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 he used other people’s money, not his own.
He purchased The Plaza Hotel in New York and promised “a complete showcase renovation.” It went bankrupt.
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.
USA Today found hundreds of dishwashers, painters, and even his own lawyers, who 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.
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 — and a large number of those involve 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 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 form 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 that 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 growing list of those who believed Donald Trump, fell for more of his lies and walked away broke or disappointed or both.
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