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#EndorseThis: Trump Didn’t Pay Hundreds Of Employees: USA Today

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USA Today released a groundbreaking report yesterday detailing hundreds of instances in which Donald Trump failed to pay contractors hired to work on his hotels and resorts. The paper counted “[a]t least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings” in which scores of carpenters, painters, waiters, bartenders, lawyers, and other employees and contracted companies accuse Trump of bilking them on the bill, in some cases bankrupting family businesses.

Trump’s response? The same as it’s always been: It’s their fault for not doing the job up to his standards! But then how did a “really smart person” hire so many “incompetents”?

This follows a similar pattern: Trump delegitimizes institutions — in this case, contracts, and elsewhere: the judiciary, the Republican primary, trade deals, NATO, the media — when they become inconvenient for him, and then uses his money and fame to push the victims of his behavior into the shadows.

Now, of course, he’s running for president. Will the American people elect a man who has such a steady pattern of burning his business relationships?

The entire USA Today report is worth a read. For the time-crunched and the Trump-exhausted, here’s their primer:

Photo and video: USA Today



  1. pisces63 June 10, 2016

    This goes along with ‘maybe I believe in a higher minimum wage’. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

    1. dpaano June 10, 2016

      Apparently he “believes in it,” but he doesn’t follow it!! Typical of him, and you wonder why so many people think he can run this country better. Again, you CAN’T run the United States like a business……you can’t act like a CEO of a company where you can do whatever you want! Being president just doesn’t work that way! He doesn’t seem to understand that he isn’t going to have the same kind of power he does as CEO of Trump International! He’s not going to be able to call the shots as much as he does with his own company…..he has to go through committees, the Senate, the House, and the Congress to get anything done….it doesn’t happen by snapping your fingers like he does at his own company! People aren’t going to just “jump” when he says jump!!!

      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

        he thinks he can be like his Russia B/F PUTTHEAD

      2. paulyz June 10, 2016

        Of course you can run the Federal Government like a business, without all the Government waste, fraud, & political favors. The President is the Executive Branch and who better that a decades long, sucessful businessman like Trump to run it, rather than a bought off politician. As for doing whatever he wants, you must be referring to Barack Obama.

    2. clifton June 10, 2016

      trump says he brought women in construction and I think he did but it was that he could pay them lower wages then men and maybe slightly higher than his illegals workers

      1. paulyz June 10, 2016

        Read my reply about Trump hiring more women than men at Top Executive Positions, & at higher wages. You just spout your assumptions from listening to Leftist Propaganda.

  2. dpaano June 10, 2016

    This is kind of scary…..is this how he’s going to deal with the country’s bills when they come up for payment? I don’t think this will work for very long! I have friends in New York who have actually worked for Trump in one way or the other, and they have told me the same story…..he continually tries to underpay contractors, saying that their work was not done well, etc. If that’s how he’s going to do business if he’s elected president, he’s going to realize REAL soon that you can’t run the country like a business!

    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

      you haven’t seen nothing yet on the DUMPSTER and paying his bills (NOT PAYING )

    2. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

      he more then likely take the money from the government to pay the bill and have his lawyers have a account that it will go into and will find a way to scam the money for himself .

    3. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

      that’s the only way he knows how to run a business ill bet he paid and MOB contractors in full . ( too bad for if he didn’t he might not be here now and we have to hear his B/S

    4. InGen12 June 10, 2016

      He’s already suggested that the US not pay it’s bills. Imagine where that will take this country!

  3. clifton June 10, 2016

    and mobster trump calls Hillary crooked WHAT A LOW LIFE SCAMMR TRUMP IS

    1. dana becker June 10, 2016


      1. Siegfried Heydrich June 10, 2016

        Nope, that’s calling it like it is.

  4. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

    and people are surprised of this ? check out his DADDY-O that screwed so many people back in his days saying im not paying you I don’t like the work . and then never changing the work thy did with some one else to do it the way he might like it . that’s just a scum-bag greedy bastard trick passed down from dirty scum bag POS daddy-o

    1. Erica June 10, 2016

      Interesting. You don’t pay a dime if you “don’t like the work” . He’s more dangerous than people can imagine.

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  5. Erica June 10, 2016

    Everybody knows Trump got his hotels and resorts built for free. All he did was delay payments to the little guy, the contractors, who has to pay his employees, file for Bankruptcy and nobody gets a dime, and it’s perfectly legal. That’s why he did it about four times. If you lose the business and everything you’ve worked your whole life for, that’s your fault. Tough luck, suck it up. I’m the untouchable Donald Trump.

    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

      delay payments to the little guy, the contractors, who has to pay his employees, file for Bankruptcy and of course under some one else’s name

    2. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

      and that’s why he use’s some one else’s name because you can only file rvery 7 years . and some of his (or who ever name he used ) were don’t in different years all below 7 years

      1. Siegfried Heydrich June 10, 2016

        With LLCs, you can go bankrupt serially, because it’s not YOU going bankrupt, it’s an LLC. You can keep doing it as long as you can con the banks into giving you money.

        1. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 11, 2016

          yes and the UMPSTER being the KING CLOWN CON-MAN was able to do it I just wish he tried that B/S with the MOB you know thy got their money ahead of time because DONNY DUMP is a COWARD

  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 10, 2016

    It’s no surprise whatsoever that such a person, who wakes up everyday to outdo himself in being a worse person than he was the day before, would aspire to cheat people out of wages in order to hoard the excesses for himself. Charles Dickens never encountered the likes of such a heathen during his days; the current subject exults in acting out a role that far exceeds Ebenezer Scrooge, before the latter’s wake-up call.

    This will all catch up with Trump in both this world and in the worlds to come–“What goes around, comes around”.

    “O Son of Being! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning. For death unheralded shall come upon thee, and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds”.

    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

      then there are the CROUCH BRO.’S

  7. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

    see the people that did work for the greedy bastard DUMPSTER and didn’t get paid should of (prob. knowing thy wasn’t going to get their money anyways ) put every thing thy did back to the way it was before thy started it that what I would done

  8. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 10, 2016

    least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings” in which scores of carpenters, painters, waiters, bartenders, lawyers, and other employees and contracted companies accuse Trump of bilking them on the bill, in some cases bankrupting family businesses./// one knows at some time he will do it to the wrong person (really being the right person ) if he hasn’t all ready and its just a matter of time for their payback to him

  9. Cyrus Johnson June 10, 2016

    Well, the TEA PARTIERS couldn’t ask for a better Candidate !

  10. dana becker June 10, 2016

    Over 3500 lawsuits in the last decade? that is almost one a day for the last 10 years.

  11. InformedVoter June 10, 2016

    If you read the article and understand what was written, they you’ll know that the majority of the law suits were instituted by Trump against those who did not complete the work they contracted to do in a timely, or acceptable fashion.
    This is more proof that the media is left-biased.
    If you actually made it to the end of the article, then you would have realized that there is nothing wrong and nothing to “report”. But the media tried to use the headlines to smear Trump, but by ending the article with nothing wrong or illegal or out of the ordinary, they can claim they are neutral.

    1. Siegfried Heydrich June 10, 2016

      I read the article. You’re full of crap.

      1. InformedVoter June 10, 2016

        I bet you didn’t read the USA Today FULL article! If you had, and part 2 – understood the article, then you would not have exposed yourself as being so low information. What part of “the majority of legal action was initiated by Trump’s legal team” did you not understand?

        1. Siegfried Heydrich June 10, 2016

          I don’t recall that at all, so I went back and re-read it. That doesn’t appear anywhere in the story, and there is no ‘Part 2’. And once again, you’re full of crap.

          1. InformedVoter June 11, 2016

            How dense are you? Part 2 was in reference to my statement. Part 1 was read entire USA article. Part 2 was understand what you read. You certainly have a problem with part 2 don’t you.
            So you read the entire USA article? Then please explain the good comments about Trump contained in the section “Visibly winced”. Or the good comments contained in “unpaid hourly workers”. I’m betting you never even saw these. You just read the 4 paragraphs and thought it was the entire article.

          2. Siegfried Heydrich June 11, 2016

            I just read it again. You’re not only full of crap, you’re a baldfaced liar.

          3. InformedVoter June 13, 2016

            Based upon how you constantly get your arguments shredded, why am I not surprised that “you read it, BUT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND”. You obviously are a product of the left controlled education system. People finish school and can’t read or write.

          4. Siegfried Heydrich June 13, 2016

            Dude, you can shout lies and insults till you’re blue in the face. It’s not going to make your lies true no matter how loud or often you scream them. Reality quite simply doesn’t work that way.. And all you’re doing at this point is making yourself appear even more childish and foolish, which is no mean feat.

          5. InformedVoter June 15, 2016

            I can’t argue against stupidity. You constantly have your posts shredded by informed folks like myself, but you continue to use, over and over again, the same statements that we’re ALL lying and ONLY you are quoting the truth. People like ID1, still think the video caused the Benghazi attack. That just shows how low information (I’m trying to be PC or I’d just come out and call you plain stupid) you and your close knit crowd truly are. Trump has filed about 90% of the legal actions and has won over 90% of those cases.
            Now that the Federal judge has been outed to belonging to several activists organizations who have moved against Trump in the past, it’s just a matter of time before this racist judge removes himself. Of course you low information guys will continue to claim that Trump is in “big legal trouble”. Pathetic!

          6. Siegfried Heydrich June 15, 2016

            Dude, live in your little fantasy world all you like, it’s no skin off of my nose. Oh, and the guy who planned and carried out the Benghazi attack said it was in response to the blasphemous movie, but hey, what does he know? After all, he was there and not watching Fox.
            And you can think whatever you want about Drumpf. Your delusions are yours to enjoy. Out here in the real world, though, where we have these things called ‘facts’, your delusions just make you look foolish. You keep reposting things which have been well and thoroughly debunked, and insisting that you are right and the world is wrong. Be my guest; reality really isn’t concerned with your rejection of it.

          7. InformedVoter June 17, 2016

            So I guess that means that you think both Obama and Hillary are liars! They both now openly acknowledge that the video had NOTHING to do with the attack.

          8. Siegfried Heydrich June 17, 2016

            You know, I really don’t know what’s worse . . . that you’re such a baldfaced liar, or that you’re such an incompetently bad baldfaced liar. Either way, enjoy the scary little subuniverse you dwell in, while the rest of us simply look on you with pity and no small degree of revulsion.

          9. InformedVoter June 17, 2016

            So you’re saying both Obama and Hillary don’t admit the video had nothing to do with the attack? Be careful how you respond — you are looking pretty stupid at this point.

          10. Siegfried Heydrich June 17, 2016

            I’m saying that you’re lying through your teeth.

            The guy who planned and carried out the Benghazi attack has said it was in response to video that blasphemed the prophet.

            And no, you’re looking totally delusional at this point. Bear in mind that I live out here in the real world, where things like ‘facts’ exist. You live inside of a whackosphere, where ‘facts’ are librul kryptonite and reality is whatever your bobbleheads say it is.

            You are deranged. Demented. Delusional. You live in an illusory world. You are, to put it charitably, batshit crazy. You are one of the most uninformed people I have ever encountered.

            In short, you are a perfect example of what a republican has become in this century. And why your party is doomed.

          11. InformedVoter June 17, 2016

            Please explain why Obama and Hillary are claiming otherwise! During her questioning, Hillary said “what difference does it make …” because of why the attack started. She admitted to her daughter in an email, on the morning of the attack, that they were spinning it was caused by the video when they knew for sure it was premeditated.

            Please look at other sources except MSNBC. You look dumb and you are just burying yourself deeper and deeper into the land of the mushrooms.
            I know you’re trying to save face, but you constantly get torn to shreds when you enter into these forum discussions.
            Real world? You are talking about being in the soup line?

          12. Siegfried Heydrich June 18, 2016

            OK, how about Wickipedia? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Benghazi_attack

            “Initially, top U.S. officials and the media reported that the Benghazi
            attack was a spontaneous protest triggered by an anti-Muslim video, Innocence of Muslims.[23] Subsequent investigations determined that there was no such protest and that the attacks were premeditated.[24] Captured suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala stated that the assault was indeed in retaliation for the video Innocence of Muslims.[25]”

            Please note: “Captured suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala stated that the assault was indeed in retaliation for the video Innocence of Muslims.” This is the guy who planned and carried out the attack. HE says it was in response to the video. But since he wasn’t a Fox commentator, gee, I guess he was wrong? After all, this was only the guy who did it, so what does HE know, right?

            Once again, you’re a really not very bright liar. and once again you’re caught out in a not very bright lie. I really don’t know what you’re trying to prove here, other than that you’re an exceptionally incompetent and delusional liar. You deflected from getting caught in a lie about Drumpf to getting caught in a lie about Benghazi. Both of which were proven to be lies by simply looking at the facts.

            So, what other stupid and easily disprovable lie are you going to deflect to now?

          13. InformedVoter June 18, 2016

            Too bad you’re not intelligent enough to read through the wikepeida post. You would have read that they trashed the comment that the attack was caused by the video. I thank you for calling both Obama and Hillary LIARS in regard to Benghazi. They both now claim it was NOT caused by the video. Pathetically low information best describes you.

          14. Siegfried Heydrich June 18, 2016

            So what you’re saying is that the guy who planned and carried out the attack who said that the video is what prompted the attack didn’t know what he was saying, but that people in Washington do. Uh huh. Interesting little reality you have there

          15. InformedVoter June 19, 2016

            You’re ignoring at least two important facts. First, you keep forgetting to use the description “alleged” mastermind. Just about all news sources don’t give him credit that you have.
            Second, the timeline for the video to cause the attack is way too short. The attack was thought out and had been in the planning stages for months and months. The video did not cause the attack (or even contribute to it) and that has been PROVEN over and over. For you to keep making lame claims clearly shows how low information you really are.

          16. Siegfried Heydrich June 19, 2016

            Wow, you’re one of the funniest obsessive-compulsive liars I’ve ever seen anywhere on these boards. After you got caught out in a baldfaced lie about Drumpf, now you’re frantically trying to push yet another baldfaced lie to distract from your first baldfaced lie!

            Nope, sorry, that all might be true in your little bizarro infotainment whackosphere, but out here in the real world (yes, yes, I know, reality is all a liberal conspiracy what with all those ‘facts’ which are really all lies straight from the pit of hell), the codswallop you’re trying to hand out had been well and thoroughly debunked by sane people.

            However, in the sick, sad, pathetically delusional world as defined by Alex Jones and his merry little band paranoid lunatics, of course whatever they say is gospel. Because your reality is, well, whatever other people tell you it as, but only as long as you believe it.

            So by all means, enjoy yourself while everyone standing outside of your demented dimension just laughs at you. I’m sure that by tommorow, you’ll have discovered yet another dark, sinister conspiracy you’ll want to share with everyone else.

          17. InformedVoter June 21, 2016

            When we started this forum, I outed you as being totally out of touch and a person who makes outrageous claims that get more and more stupid. Well, you didn’t disappoint on this forum either. Other fellow posters completely shredded your comments, just as I have. Yet you feebly call me a liar, but your comments make you the liar.
            You even tried to support your position by using a WIKIpedia link, but that backfired when it was obvious you hadn’t read the entire paragraph. So once again, you became the dumb liar.
            So you base your entire dream that the video started the attack when it’s the ONLY link and then from an ALLEGED source that most discredit. EVERY other source debunks your idea of proof. You continue to make worthless posts and dug your hole of stupidity deeper and deeper. What a pathetic loser you are.

          18. Siegfried Heydrich June 21, 2016

            Heee, heeee, heeeee . . . I seem to have really lit you up! WHAT ‘outrageous claims’? And when have I ever been ‘shredded’? Dude, you have some serious issues, and I don’t think your self-medication is dealing with them effectively.

            You keep lying because you live in an utterly delusional world. I’m sure you don’t think of them as lies because you believe them totally. And the reason you believe them is you very desperately want to. They define your very existence. Everything HAS to be a conspiracy, otherwise you can’t explain the world.

            Was the video the reason for the attack? That was the trigger. The attack would have occurred eventually, but it was the reaction to the video that prompted it at that time. It was just very bad timing on the part of the ambassador that he was there when the attack came down.

            Without the video? The attack would still have happened. Just not on that night. In which case, it would have been merely another ho-hum bit of north african banditry, the same that goes on all the time, and no one would really have cared.

            But you go right on ahead living inside of your dark, scary little bubble where the air is thick and foul, reeking of conspiracy and plots. The rest of us will live out here in the real world, where there’s sunshine, fresh air, and we don’t feel the need to get hysterical over people who disagree with us.

            And seriously, you are in dire need of some professional mental health counseling. It’s covered by Obamacare, now. I would suggest you take advantage of it.

        2. Independent1 June 11, 2016

          And just more pathological lies from a total lowlife weasel.

          1. InformedVoter June 11, 2016

            It’s documented that Trump initiated more than half the legal actions and he’s won the majority of the actions regardless of who filed them. So lies must be coming from your side, certainly not me.

  12. Cyrus Johnson June 10, 2016

    Wife in Jamaica couldn’t believe Donald Trump was the GOP Nominee, she said I remember Trump, he is always filing for Bankruptcy ! Now, she is living in JAMAICA and know this, so how come all these AMERICANS who voting for him, they didn’t know this ?

    1. goodmandawn June 10, 2016

      The Americans voting for Trump are only interested in what he says not what he does. According to them hearing him say aloud what they think is all that matters.

      1. Kurt CPI June 11, 2016

        Unfortunately, what you say is true of 90% of voters regardless of affiliation.

        1. Jmz Nesky June 14, 2016

          Well, don’t blame them altogether. Some of the credit goes to the boob tube and their perception of reality vs reality TV then put in a couple tablespoons of political carpetbagging and grand stand manipulation on all sides of the table and your left with a political illiterate nation believing in the Santa Clause we call congress.

  13. Siegfried Heydrich June 10, 2016

    There are developers in Florida who do exactly the same thing all the time. And sooner or later, word gets around to the trades that this company will stiff you, so they won’t bid on jobs. But new, hungry companies who are starting out and don’t know any better will. I’ve watched a LOT of struggling subcontractors go out of business because they got stiffed by developers. Sometimes the developers get taken to court, but generally, the little guys just don’t have the financial resources to fight, so they just go under.

    Drumpf is just doing business as usual in America these days.

    1. johninPCFL June 10, 2016

      Happened to a friend a few decades ago. He took on a second job to pay for the materials he was robbed of by the developer (about $30,000) and one day over lunch told his tale to a co-worker. The co-worker asked if he’d pay $1000 to collect the debt. He said sure. About two weeks later an Outlaw motorcycle guy shows up and hands him the money.
      The developer spent two weeks in the hospital.

      1. Siegfried Heydrich June 10, 2016

        Sometimes the best justice is extrajudicial. Bet the developer wishes he’d just raid the guy straight up, because his hospital bills were probably even more than what he had to pay.

  14. Kurt CPI June 10, 2016

    This is an un-vetted, flagrant hit piece. It has no value, is not worthy of consideration even by ardent Trump oppisitionists. Please do some REAL investigative reporting if you want to maintain any semblance of credibility. Parroting the dialog of possibly dishonest, corrupt contractors without fully investigating their claims is pure propaganda. Shame on you and shame on the National Memo for permitting such blatant disregard for proper vetting.

    1. LCR78 June 11, 2016

      Why would you assume these contractors are dishonest and corrupt but Trump, also a contractor, is not? Also, who has the deep pockets here? I doubt that most subcontractors have the cash to handle a lawsuit of any kind against Trump.

      1. Kurt CPI June 11, 2016

        I make no such assumption. The assumption is on the part of the author who is making the leap, without providing evidence, that a complaint of non-payment by a contractor can only be dishonesty on Trump’s part. With the reason being given as substandard or incomplete work, there needs to be investigation before drawing an ideology-based conclusion. The lack of such evidence makes this a hit piece at worst, or the poorest kind of journalism at best.

  15. paulyz June 10, 2016

    The USA Today was formed to be a National, Liberal Propaganda Rag. Once they started putting inserts into my newspaper, after a price increase, I cancelled it. I get most of my info from talk radio, cable news, & Internet anyway.

    1. Siegfried Heydrich June 10, 2016

      Yup, talk radio, Fox, and rightwing websites give you a clear and accurate view of reality . . . inside the whackosphere. Out here in the real world, we just look at people like you and laugh. Yeah, Drumpf hires women . . . he really likes women . . . under him. Or on their knees. Or on their backs. As long as they have big boobs and are accessible to him whenever he likes, he just loves having them around.

  16. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 11, 2016

    here a couple of links for you brain dead DUMPSTER THE CLOWN (http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-tru
    http://www.inquisitr.com/3044556/donald-trump-rape… ) and more >>(How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/nyregion/donald-… ) more of the clown’s working and you want him to run the country with him in the house we would be safer in the middle east

  17. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 11, 2016

    hey ill bet I know the DUMPSTER’S new trick he will that the money people give him for the election get it all together and steel it poof it will all be gone . then he will be the first in history to be running for the house and going bankrupt with all the money people gave him to run for the house . that wouldn’t surprise me at all

  18. Frank Pig June 12, 2016

    I hope they have at least filed liens on his properties.


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