Donald Trump: the Face of Greed

You’ve Been Trumped

Directed by Anthony Baxter (2012)

Film Review

You’ve Been Trumped is about a group of Scottish farmers battling Donald Trump’s bid to destroy one of Britain’s last pristine wilderness areas. Why? To build a golf course for jet-setting millionaires and billionaires.

The documentary, originally filmed in 2011, has been re-released in honor of Trump’s presidential ambitions. It’s been taken down from YouTube owing to its commercial re-launch. Maori TV, our best political documentary channel, showed it this past week.

In 2007, Aberdeenshire Council denied Trump planning permission for the gold course. Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond overruled them, as well as giving the go-head for compulsory purchase orders (which would force local residents to see their farms to Trump).

You’ve Been Trumped differs from Baxter’s 2015 sequel Dark Side of the Greens in its greater focus on the careful and sustained campaign of local citizens who opposed Trump’s development plans. Although the first golf course ultimately went ahead, activists successfully blocked the second. They also blocked the CPOs (compulsory purchase orders) and Trump’s bid to have an offshore wind farm dismantled. He claimed it ruined the view from his luxury time shares.

In addition to featuring more footage of Donald Trump Jr (who turns out to be every bit as obnoxious as his father), the first film also highlights Trumps criminal behavior behavior during the construction process. In addition to illegally annexing land belonging to local farmers, Trump construction crews also cut off the spring that supplied their water. Interfering with a household water service is illegal under British law.

A particular highlight of You’ve Been Trumped is a scene of the filmmakers beings assaulted, handcuffed and jailed for supporting the local residents’ cause.

The full film can’t be embedded but can be viewed at the Maori TV website for the next few weeks: Maori TV

15 thoughts on “Donald Trump: the Face of Greed

  1. In the late 80’s I drove by this guys house almost every day on the way to work, wondering how many guests he had for sleep overs though I rarely saw many cars in the driveway. The tub moored in the intra-coastal could accommodate any overflow, or maybe he used that to hide from Ivana 🙂

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  2. Thanks, Stuart – great stuff. I agree with futuret, but in my old age I’ve concluded that building movements means aligning with lowly liberals from time to time. If you find anything good on “revolutionary reform” I’d like to see it.

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    • I don’t have any problem, in principle from aligning myself with “lowly liberals,” Jerry, provided they don’t work for left gatekeeping foundations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Albert Einstein Institution or the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict. In her 1999 book Who Paid the Piper: the CIA and the Cultural Cold War, Frances Stoner Saunders meticulously outlines the CIA’s long history of funding the non-communist left. It’s a great book. I think you would really enjoy it if you have never read it: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/09/01/the-history-of-cia-funded-foundations/

      When I was still in the US, every “revolutionary reform” organization I worked with (including Washington Single Payer Action Network) was infiltrated and obstructed by people from weird foundations who ultimately got their funding from CIA-linked foundations and right wing corporates.

      In my view, this is the major reason the US left is presently in chaos.

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  3. The far-right ignoramuses in the US, who just love this asshole, could care less about what Donnie is doing in Britain or anywhere else.

    America is a curse on the world, as it was intended to be from the start.

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    • I’m not sure how far-right Donald Trump’s supporters are. From looking at poll results, I suspect they mainly represent Joe six-pack blue collar men. Though I think you’re right about their lack of interest of what he’s doing in Britain. I suspect most of them would have difficulty finding Britain on the map.

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  4. I was responding to “futuret” with my “lowly liberal” comment. I did read Saunders….amazing research and it seems just about everyone of note was on the payroll or being duped. BTW, there’s a talk by Saunders on youtube….about an hour’s worth with questions and answers; one of my favorite books on the period….also amazing history/research is Gerge Guilbaut, How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art. Eve Cockcroft also is good in that time frame; you can get some of her stuff (PDFs) on line, but she has given talks and other such things that you have to pay for. She has since died, but I think she was a great muralist in the LA area. Terrible about these non-profits; ditto in the art world too…Alice Goldfarb Marquis, The Art Lessons, has written about art non-profits; she’s very good….also deceased. cheers….keep up the good work!

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    • Thanks, Jerry. I don’t suppose you have the link for the Saunders’ YouTube video? The only one I could find relates to the attempted assassination of Mussolini. I wasn’t aware of the other 3 authors you mention but am really keen on pursuing them.

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  5. We first saw this film several years ago and I wrote about it because it/he made me sick.
    Not knowing what was to come.
    Looking back now, it all fit.
    He was/is a greedy, selfish, gutless monster, whose ego knows no bounds.
    This is a dangerous man, God help us if he becomes President.

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