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Clinton Worrell · Intercourse, Alabama
i “met” Donald Trump at one of his casinos in the early 1990’s. I was a contractor working on an installation near the lobby. Another one of the contractors also working on this small project said something disparaging to a well dressed man critiquing our work.
“what are you, a f***g interior decorator?” The contractor said to the well dressed man.
“No, i’m the ——— of this casino and you and your installation have ten minutes to get the fu ck out of my casino.”
Just then Trump walked over to the well dressed man and stated, “Let’s go…we have a dinner meeting.”
The well dressed man expalined the situation to Trump who stated, firmly, “Let’s go now…we just won’t pay him…”
Then they left.
I thought to myself, rather naively, really…you can just go through life refusing to pay for the work people do for you?
That has been in the back of my mind ever since. Some people with money obtain wealth by refusing to pay those who perform work for them. hmmmmmmm
After my last trip to the US, I shared my views on the presidential election. Having just completed another visit to Boston, Dallas and Miami, I wanted to share a previous encounter I had with Donald Trump.
Some years ago, Mr Trump invited me to lunch for a one-to-one meeting at his apartment in Manhattan. We had not met before and I accepted. Even before the starters arrived he began telling me about how he had asked a number of people for help after his latest bankruptcy and how five of them were unwilling to help. He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people.
He didn’t speak about anything else and I found it very bizarre. I told him I didn’t think it was the best way of spending his life. I said it was going to eat him up, and do more damage to him than them. There must be more constructive ways to spend the rest of your life. (Hopefully my advice didn’t lead to him running for President!)
I was baffled why he had invited me to lunch solely to tell me this. For a moment, I even wondered if he was going to ask me for financial help. If he had, I would have become the sixth person on his list!
I left the lunch feeling disturbed and saddened by what I’d heard. There are a lot of frightening things about this election; not least that policy has been pushed so far down the agenda. What concerns me most, based upon my personal experiences with Donald Trump, is his vindictive streak, which could be so dangerous if he got into the White House. For somebody who is running to be the leader of the free world to be so wrapped up in himself, rather than concerned with global issues, is very worrying.
Later, I remember contrasting the lunch with a one-to-one lunch I shared with Hillary Clinton. Here we talked about education reform, the war on drugs, women’s rights, conflicts around the globe and the death penalty. She was a good listener as well as an eloquent speaker. As she understands well, the President of the United States needs to understand and be engaged with wider world issues, rather than be consumed by petty personal quarrels.