Another day, another revelation about Donald Trump. The news today is that Trump, who promises he will protect American jobs, has been doing his best to destroy American jobs by not paying his bills. USA Today did some top-notch investigative reporting and found an extensive pattern of Trump skipping out on his bills.
Like on one project alone, building the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time. Just one of them was a glass company he cheated out of $1.5 million. In all, Trump has been sued 3,500 times for not honoring his contracts. He was even sued because he didn’t pay the lawyers who were defending him in suits from people who Trump didn’t pay. He didn’t pay bartenders at his resorts, waiters, even real estate brokers who bought and sold his properties. The list goes on and on.
Trump says that he “doesn’t settle” and he often forced people who were suing him to take him to court, because lawsuits are expensive and often cost more in legal fees than the money they were owed. Trump used every legal trick in the book to weasel out of paying his bills, up to and including declaring bankruptcy.
But in the end, Trump often settled, but every settlement included a clause preventing the people he cheated from discussing it. That’s why you haven’t heard about this until now.
Many of these small businesses he didn’t pay went out of business, destroying jobs. For example, Trump refused to pay a bill for $83,000 to a family-owned cabinetry business for building cabinets in a Trump resort, even though the contractor had approved the work. The business fought Trump to get their money, but were told by their lawyer that it would cost more to sue Trump than what they were owed, so they gave up. Then the business found that they couldn’t get other work, as Trump had blackballed them. His business, which was founded by his grandfather in the 40’s, died.
The bottom line is, Trump consistently cheats the people he does business with, and is completely dishonest.
My question is, did he ever hire Joe the plumber?