Donald Trump flies into Scotland today, his red hatted man of the people posturing at the ready. He is on a whistlestop tour to open a golf course in Turnberry, henceforth to be known as Trump Turnberry.
In 2010, Mr Trump promised the people of Scotland he would ‘build the biggest golf course in the world’ and create ‘six thousand jobs’ with the luxury hotel he was also planning to build, and 1500 luxury homes. Go to his golf website with its un-ironic royal stamp of Trumpness and he says, when I first saw the coastline, I was overwhelmed by the imposing dunes and rugged Aberdeenshire coastline.
So I decided to bulldoze it and build a massive golf course. – golf courses being one of the most environmentally unsound things you could do. Alex Salmond gave the go ahead, seemingly believing Mr Trump’s promises about saving the Scottish economy and respecting local concerns.
This is what actually happened. He bullied local residents who did not want to move, with compulsory purchase orders. The way he treated local, Michael Forbes, simply for refusing to sell his home, which was and still is inconveniently situated in the middle of Trump’s estate is a perfect example of Trump meeting someone who will not be bought. When they first met, Mr Forbes said, ‘he was being all nicey nicey saying how successful he was and how much money he had.’ (THAT was Trump being all nicey nicey??) ‘That was it for me. I took an instant dislike to him.’ Don’t blame you mate. When Mr Forbes refused to sell, Trump threw a massive tantrum, calling Mr Forbes ‘a disgusting pig’.
When residents such as Susan Monroe and David Milne refused to move from their home, his bulldozers dumped huge walls of mud and dirt outside their house. Power and water were randomly cut off by his bulldozers and when Anthony Baxter, the documentary maker of You’ve Been Trumped asked why, he was arrested.
And what of Mr Trump’s promises to revitalise the Scottish economy? He did not build the hotel or the luxury homes he promised, and of the 6000 jobs he boasted, he has created under 100 low paying ones. He showed nothing but contempt for the environment or the people of Scotland, which is why so many of them today are hoisting Mexican flags in a show of solidarity. US voters would do well to look at Donald Trump’s behaviour in Turnberry Scotland as it’s a microcosm of the yawning gap between his bombastic promises and complete failure to deliver.
What a shame you don’t get giant alligators in Scotland.
But the truly frightening thing is that people who are going to vote for Trump in the US, have seen and heard all he has to offer and accept it totally. Because that’s why con artists are called artists. They don’t take anything from us – we willingly give to them. He has been around so long, that his racist, mysoginistic, bumper-car-sticker sayings are just the way he rolls.
He has no cohesive policies at all.
He gets his information off the internet.
He wants to build a wall to prevent Mexican ‘rapists’ from coming to the US.
He thinks the best place for women is ‘on their knees’.
He has shown from his handling of the Aberdeen Golfing Fiasco of 2010 that he is a man who brags, bullies and then screams abuse at anyone who doesn’t fall in with his plans.
He is a liar.
And yet here he is. What would he have to do to get booted off the ticket?
a) Be filmed mocking a disabled reporter
b) Refer to a lawyer as ‘disgusting’ because she took out a breastfeeding pump.
c) Be filmed punching a dog
Yep – A and B have happened. Yet here he is.