A documentary on the business practices of Donald Trump has emerged after 25 years in the wilderness in a bid to question the Republican frontrunner’s qualifications to run the United States.
Trump: What’s the Deal? was apparently buried after Trump threatened to sue its backer Leonard Stern if they distributed it, prompting Stern to back off pushing the film and cancel subsequent movies about celebrity businessmen.
Among the allegations the film makes are that the Trumpster had dealings with the mob in the gambling hub of Atlantic City, that he made use of illegal migrants, and that he even tried to have a Florida airport moved because he was bothered by the noise from planes flying over his house.
Writing about Trump earlier this year, the documentary’s writer Jesse Kornbluth said:
“Perhaps most interesting from a political point of view, the film-makers revealed Trump to be the opposite of a small-government conservative. He got his start with his father’s money and political connections, and he made money the same way his father did: On the backs of taxpayers.”
Though the film may offer a comprehensive account of the mogul’s dealings in the 1980s, it is unlikely to surprise anyone who has read criticism of the man before, with much of the media coverage attacking his reliance on government money and the tendency of his businesses to go spectacularly bankrupt.
Even so it forms another part of Trump’s interesting backstory, and can all be viewed for free via YouTube:
Image Credit – Donald Trump at CPAC 2011 by Gage Skidmore