A 1991 BBC Documentary About Donald Trump

Trump: What’s the Deal?

BBC (1991)

Film Review

Trump: What the Deal?  is a 1991 documentary about Donald Trumps early life. It’s been suppressed for 24 years owing to his threats to sue the BBC

Even back in 1988, Trump was known as the “people’s billionaire.” According to the filmmakers, this was largely due to shrewd marketing by his press agent (all the rich had press agents during the 1980s – it was fashionable to be ostentatiously wealthy).

According to the documentary, Trump has an ugly history of classic sociopathy, which includes “truthful hyperbole” (his own term for bending the truth), collaborating with mobsters, known criminals and notorious Mafia attorney Roy Cohn to score questionable tax abatements from New York City officials, cheat contract workers out of payment, conceal asbestos contamination and illegally harass and evict tenants (even after the court ordered him not to).

The film debunks Trump’s claim of being a self-made billionaire. He inherited his wealth from his father. According to Forbes magazine he’s been in bankruptcy court five times (most recently in 2014). He’s notorious for using borrowed money (often in the form of junk bonds) to finance real estate developments and filing for bankruptcy protection when he can’t meet debt repayments.

26 thoughts on “A 1991 BBC Documentary About Donald Trump

  1. Don’t you love shameless, obvious liars? He’s the very model of sociopathic arrogance! And beyond obnoxious as well. Can you understand what his appeal is? I can’t, and for that matter I don’t even want to try. It’s humiliating even to live in a country where ANYONE backs him for dogcatcher, much less for national office. And scary!

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      • My husband and I were at the Trump Taj Mahal casino hotel the day the news broke it was closing. The front desk employees didn’t know anything. They lost their job without warning. What kind of monster would do that to his own devoted employees?

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    • Lara: I can think of quite a few billionaires who would do this. After living in Seattle for 20 years, Bill Gates is the first that comes to mind. He was notorious for hiring all his masters degree programmers as contract laborers so he didn’t have to provide benefits.

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  3. “According to the documentary, Trump has an ugly history of classic sociopathy, which includes “truthful hyperbole” (his own term for bending the truth), collaborating with mobsters, known criminals and notorious Mafia attorney Roy Cohn to score questionable tax abatements from New York City officials, cheat contract workers out of payment, conceal asbestos contamination and illegally harass and evict tenants (even after the court ordered him not to).”

    Then he’s perfect for the gig, isn’t he?

    The next joke in office has already been chosen, and I doubt it will be this “bloviating nincompoop,” as one right-leaning journalist referred to him four years ago.

    Trump is a loose canon, and I doubt the elite have CHOSEN someone they cannot completely control.

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      • And yet the idiots on the far right, the patriotic religious types, are salivating over this moron.

        To be honest, I refuse, most of the time, to even take note of what is happening with 2016 and this farce, because it drives me to distraction. I can no longer stand to watch or read about it.

        It’s like being in a sanitarium here, especially during the presidential election year, which has now turned into a two-plus year ordeal. When I was younger, the election year was basically less than one calendar year. But now, with the twenty four hour “news” talking heads, it keeps getting longer and longer every four year cycle. It will soon be that the next presidential election will begin immediately after election night.

        Calgon, or someone, take me away;-)

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  4. Common knowledge that political campaigns hire actors and extras to hold signs and to form crowds for faking exciting rallies.
    Statistical surveys are suspected of rigging political polls.
    Elections are rigged.
    Trump is a shady criminal, most people know this.
    Trump lacks honorable characteristics, again most people know this.
    Trump makes the perfect President for a criminal institution…

    It was foretold in year 2000:
    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS-wh3dLr2WTV3-vZqoEk_h9XbqVRKi-B6_bYb_LtDVTpnGntk2RA

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3191888/The-Simpsons-PREDICTED-Donald-Trump-presidency-didn-t-end-Time-travel-episode-2000-featured-broke-nation-reliant-aid-CHINA.html

    Truth can be so painful…

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