Where do we even begin with this?!
Not one, but TWO new massive new reports — in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal — dropped Thursday night, and the separate expos├â┬⌐s came to the exact same conclusion: Donald Trump has a LOT of trouble paying his bills!
Journalists from both outlets sought out copious (seriously, there are hundreds) accounts of people who have been stiffed by The Donald, ranging from subcontractors in the construction industry to a variety of other businesses which Trump has deemed unimportant to pay — and people are PISSED!
It’s tough to even know where to begin with this one, since the reports are long, extremely in-depth, and very technical…
USA Today‘s report, for one, found more than 60 lawsuits and hundreds of liens and judgments against Trump that accuse the real estate mogul of failing to pay people for work agreed upon and written up in contracts.
The newspaper also found The Donald’s companies have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act 24 times since just 2005, failing to pay overtime, minimum wage, and a variety of other employment issues.
In addition, there are more than 200 mechanics’ liens against Trump — documents filed by contractors and employees seeking back pay owed them for work — that date all the way back to the 1980s. Those liens range from $75,000 to more than $1 million, and in total represent literally hundreds of projects and people which weren’t squared away by Trump.
Disgustingly, and predictably, the presidential candidate had dumb things to say in response to the report, telling the paper (below):
“Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely. That’s what the country should be doing.”
Donald, wanting to ‘deduct from their contract,’ isn’t allowed in the first place considering it’s a binding agreement — so you can’t just pay what you feel like.
And it’s not just contractors or construction entities either — professional clients and partners of The Donald, like lawyers and real estate agents, allege that he has shorted them out of literally hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several decades, too.
The whole thing is pretty disgusting, with The Donald bullying small businesses and mom-and-pop construction and contractor shops from not collecting on fees — sometimes even to the point of bankruptcy — by using his high-priced, intimidating legal team like crazy.
One small cabinetry company that worked with The Donald back in the 80s and never got paid for it, eventually going bankrupt, sums it up best.
The company owners’ grandson, Edward Friel, told the paper:
“There’s tons of these stories out there. Trump hits everybody.”
Just one more of the million reasons why Donald Trump does NOT deserve to be the President.
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