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Have I got an idea for the furshlugginer national debt!

An extensive investigation by USA Today — which we know sounds like an oxymoron — finds that Donald Trump has been accused by literally hundreds of people of stiffing them on payments, in “60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings.” Imagine that! It’s a shame the story doesn’t include a feather with which to knock yourself over. Who exactly has the Republicans’ pick for president failed to pay? Who HASN’T he failed to pay!

Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.

Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages.

It’s possible Trump has stiffed more people than he’s even able to name and insult on Twitter. Those lawsuits and other filings don’t even include another category of complaint USA Today found:

more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980s. The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.

Some hero of the beleaguered little guy, huh?

This is one of those brutal catalogs of malfeasance and pure assholery that simply leaves you whomperjawed, reading down the screen and saying “Oh my god, REALLY?” over and over again, even though you already know it’s Donald-for-fuckssake-Trump and none of this should be surprising. We’d make a bullet-pointed list of the highlights, except that it’s all terrible and the list might end up as long as the USA Today piece. The really astonishing thing? This is the guy who likes to claim he’s worth $10 billion — but often skips out on his bills. Rather than do honest business, Trump often prefers to simply walk away and let the lawyers deal with the mess. And after that, sometimes Trump even stiffs the lawyers. It could be Trump simply gets a charge out of being an asshole.

In some cases, the Trump teams financially overpower and outlast much smaller opponents, draining their resources. Some just give up the fight, or settle for less; some have ended up in bankruptcy or out of business altogether.

Mind you, Donald Trump doesn’t see the big deal. He’s a businessman with an empire to run, and why should he let people rip him off by demanding to be “paid” for their “work”? If they want to make a go of business, they should learn his lesson and be born into enormous wealth so they can have as many businesses fail as they want and still be seen as a success. Trump, in an interview that daughter Ivanka helped with since someone with a functioning brain needed to be there, explained to USA Today why sometimes it’s necessary to rip off contractors:

If a company or worker he hires isn’t paid fully, the Trumps said, it’s because The Trump Organization was unhappy with the work.

“Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely,” Trump said. “That’s what the country should be doing.”

That should send a chill down the spine of anyone contracting to do work for the Trump campaign or this summer’s Republican convention. Demand cash up front, people!

Trump offered his usual dismissal when confronted with stories about things he’d rather not talk about: All that stuff happened “a long time ago.” Which is only true from the perspective of a fruitfly: In May, Trump Miami Resort Management LLC settled a complaint from 48 servers at the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort for unpaid overtime. A lot of it:

The settlements averaged about $800 for each worker and as high as $3,000 for one, according to court records. Some workers put in 20-hour days over the 10-day Passover event … Trump’s team initially argued a contractor hired the workers, and he wasn’t responsible, and counter-sued the contractor demanding payment.

And then there’s The Paint Spot, a Florida paint company that did work at the Doral two years ago and is still trying to get Donald Trump to pay his bill. Owner Juan Carlos Enriquez first filed a lien against the golf course, then sued:

In courtroom testimony, the manager of the general contractor for the Doral renovation admitted that a decision was made not to pay The Paint Spot because Trump “already paid enough.” As the construction manager spoke, “Trump’s trial attorneys visibly winced, began breathing heavily, and attempted to make eye contact” with the witness, the judge noted in his ruling.

That, and other evidence, convinced the judge The Paint Spot’s claim was credible. He ordered last month that the Doral resort be foreclosed on, sold, and the proceeds used to pay Enriquez the money he was owed. Trump’s attorneys have since filed a motion to delay the sale, and the contest continues.

Enriquez still hasn’t been paid.

Last month? Long time ago. And maybe Enriquez did shoddy work, except no, Trump’s general contractor said nah, Trump simply decided not to pay more.

And on and on. There’s the family cabinetry firm that eventually folded because Trump refused to pay $83,600 for slot machine bases, bars, and registration desks at Harrah’s at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. The dishwasher at Mar-A-Lago who had to sue to get paid for three years of unpaid overtime and eventually settled for $7,500. The real estate broker who handled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property for Trump, but says she was shorted $735,212 in commissions on deals between 2009 to 2012 — as far as she could tell, Trump’s refusal to pay was “based on nothing more than whimsy.” The glass company owed over $1.5 million for work at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, and who joined between 100 and 150 other small contractors to negotiate something better than the 30 cents on the dollar Trump was offering for the completed work. The cheap bastard even refused to pay his own lawyers at times.

But Trump says he only refused to pay people who did crappy work. Are we really supposed to believe 150 contractors did substandard work? (No, we are supposed to shut up and not ask.) Even if that unlikely claim were true, wouldn’t it suggest Trump is a crappy builder who hires a hell of a lot of crappy subcontractors? Not to worry, Donald and Ivanka told USA Today:

In the interview, Trump said that complaints represent a tiny fraction of his business empire and dealings with contractors and employees, insisting all are paid fairly. “We pay everybody what they’re supposed to be paid, and we pay everybody on time,” he said. “And we employ thousands and thousands of people. Okay?”

Sure, all businesses have dissatisfied customers or contractors — part of doing business. But other large companies, especially the ones not run by sociopaths, seem to manage to pay their bills. It’s how capitalism works, we hear, although the concept appears foreign to Donald Trump:

Developers with histories of not paying contractors are a very small minority of the industry, said Colette Nelson, chief advocacy officer of the American Subcontractors Association. But late or missing payments can be devastating for small businesses and their employees.

“Real estate is a tough and aggressive business, but most business people don’t set out to make their money by breaking the companies that they do business with,” she said, stressing she couldn’t speak directly to the specifics of cases in Trump’s record. “But there are a few.”

We’ll assume she silently drew a “T” in the air and rolled her eyes as she said that.

Go read the whole story. We have a feeling that, along with the unfolding saga of how Trump “University” systematically separated students from their money, this is going to be one of the most important pieces of journalism this campaign year. Do we want to put the presidency in the hands of a guy who clearly can’t play SimCity without using the cheat codes?

We know how much Donald Trump enjoys nicknames, so let’s see if we can’t popularize one for him. Based on this and many other stories of his financial irresponsibility, how about we try to make “Deadbeat Donald” stick?

[USA Today]

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  • lucidamente
    • Lizzietish81

      They thought Sarah Palin’s Wardrobe was ridiculous, they ain’t seen nothing yet.

    • eddi

      Why would Trump care what the GOP thinks? It not his money.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      So the world’s greatest, most terrific businessman has a plan to financially bankrupt the already-morally bankrupt RNC? For once, I’m with him. Although it’s awfully early in the morning for me to be forced to agree with Fuckface von Clownstick about anything.

    • Ikimizi

      Written by some guy who gave up a plush gig at Wonkette to work for Salon. Loser.

      • lucidamente

        I believe Ken Layne once referred to him as “lazy-assed Jim Newell.”

    • anwisok

      Yeah, I don’t see that happening. He doesn’t get the checkbook, and they know, deep in their hearts, that he ain’t gonna win. I can’t see them writing enormous checks forever, knowing that he’s gonna flush it down the toilet.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      And Trump calls himself the S-M-R-T Smarterest Most Fabulously Successful Business Sapien of All of the Times???????

      Yep, this is a vanity project.

  • AntiDerpomeme

    Hey, Donnie is a great job creator. All the classiest, yoogest jobs, okay? What, the peons expect to get paid too?! How is that even fair to The Donald?

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

    1. Put on golf shoes.
    2. Wish that penis was longer so you could step on it.

  • limberrat

    And he is being audited by IRS as well…even the Joker isn’t that crazy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G56VgsLfKY4

    • YoBunnyBunny

      But HITLERY is being investigated by the FBI!!!11!!!!!11

  • arglebargle

    I dunno Dok, Deadbeat Donald just doesn’t have the same je nes sais quoi as Fuckface von Clownstick.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Exactly what I thought. Why not stick with the classics?

      • Come here a minute

        After all, that is what it says on his original birth certificate — the one THEY don’t want you to see.

    • OddMan

      He is a real Potrzebie Veeblefetzer.

      He’s gone MAD!

      • arglebargle

        What, him worry?

        • Amy!

          Try to remember
          This coming November
          To vote for Neuman
          Vote for Neuman

          Alfred E. Neuman
          Though slightly subhuman
          Will win just like Truman
          Did from Missouri
          Vote for him today
          So the country can say
          What me worry
          Worry, worry …

          (possibly misquoted; it’s from MAD in the seventies and was possibly my first or second politically conscious moment and has stuck with me since)

          • ColumbusLib

            Sweet lyrics- love that song!

    • Aquaria

      Deadbeat Donald can get on any TV station in the country.

      Fuckface von Clownstick, not so much.

      • arglebargle

        so true, unfortunately.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    It does turn one off people a bit – so many of the downtrodden cheering him on because they would relish the opportunity to fuck over their fellow man if they could. An endless, endlessly cruel freak show of “otherwise decent” people stamping on each others’ faces.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I have always contended this is the source of Trump’s appeal to the working class. They’ve been taught to hate themselves-and lick the asses of the wealthy-and what they envy about Trump is not only his money, but his ability to bully and kick those he considers beneath him with impunity.

      • eddi

        They want to grow up to be just like him.

      • Lefty Frizzell

        Many years ago I did a few months on an assembly line before blagging me some white collar complacency. The first thing that struck me was a big sign on the fire exit to the effect that workers had to stay at their posts until management were safely out.

        What really really bugged me though was that you could get fired for taking a single sick day without a doctor’s note, and even with a doctor’s note you got a permanent disciplinary record!! I remarked to several of my co-workers that this was crazy, and they all said to the effect that without this “we” (“not necessarily me, but we as a group”) would definitely take advantage.

        They really did despise themselves and regard management as morally superior – it was quite an eye-opener. I did some laboring as well around that time – flat roofing was physically the worst, but nothing came close to being as soul destroying as that assembly line.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          As a lifelong member of the working class, I see this all the time. A shocking number of the people I grew up with have, as their portfolios have grown, eagerly become the ones doing the kicking.

          • Longstreet63

            It’s a dynamic that plants the seeds of its own overthrow. When you show the oppressed that the rules don’t apply, they eventually realize they don’t apply to themselves, either, and the tumbrels come out.
            The basic dynamic of revolution is not “we want to be treated fairly” it’s “now it’s our turn to wear the boot.”

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            I tend to agree…sadly enough.

          • onedollarjuana

            My brother is a machinist, and although he would like to believe that his working-class peers are upstanding citizens, every one of them keeps his tools locked up when not around, because those tools will mysteriously disappear if not locked up.

        • Lefty Frizzell

          It was for less than a year, 15 years ago, but seeing those people, so downtrodden and helpless they ended up agreeing they were scum who didn’t deserve better – I still, and always will, feel very bitter about that, and it’s why I will always tip a hat to the Bernies of the world even if they eventually fall short. At least they’re trying to sell an idea that gives people some self respect.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            I read something recently about big retail stores in the last 15 years. The middle class standbys-Target, Macy’s etc.-are struggling. What’s thriving are the high-end Gucci designer joints, and the discount “dollar stores”, which grow like weeds in these parts. My guess is this is at least partly from those who can’t afford it wanting to emulate the wealthy…which eventually lands them back at the dollar store.

        • SmokinGood

          Personal favourite management story was when I was working at a shitty-ass charter school and we were decorating the staff break room with the results of a particularly stupid team-building exercise. The principal told me that what we had been told to do (hang bullshit from the ceiling) was against fire code, and that if there was ever a fire, that I (being tall) needed to go pull it all down before the fire brigade arrived. I said “sure thing!”, which was a complete lie, obviously, and vowed to never forget, in case I ever needed to testify against those douchebags in court.

      • mentally & emotionally still in 7th grade.

        I’m developmentally delayed mtself, mind you, but at least I’m stuck in my junior year of college.

    • OneYieldRegular

      That is Trump’s version of trickle-down. A small person dictating to smaller people, who in turn just ache for the chance to find smaller people to whom they themselves can dictate.

    • calliecallie

      Some of them, I assume, are good people.

  • tehbaddr

    I like the Pox on him in that photo, nice touch!

    • PubOption

      Will it transfer to all his houses?

  • atheistinafoxhole

    Motherfucker owes me twenty bucks.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Imagine the buttfuckery that will ensue if he is elected. He’ll make Nixon look like a piker.

      • atheistinafoxhole

        He already has an enemies list.

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          I didn’t know that. But I kinda did know that.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        At least he won’t have to worry about how posterity will view his presidency, because humanity will have disappeared in the mushroom clouds.

      • arglebargle

        Ensuing Buttfuckery. Band name or Netflix series. Discuss.

        • Marion in Savannah

          Both. First the band, then the Netflix series about them.

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          Netflix. Just when you get interested, they want money.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      Don’t you go thinking he won’t have his lawyers wrestle you for it.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    The kind of guy who enjoys a steak a WHOLE lot more if he knows the cow suffered and the rancher got fucked on the beef price.

    • Why am I Mr. Pink?

      [eats all but two bites, sends it back, eats all but two bites of next one, sends it back, demands doggie bag, screams at waitstaff, leaves no tip]

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Yep. That guy.

      • You’ve been reading Off The Menu, haven’t you?

        • Why am I Mr. Pink?

          I’m afraid I *lived* Off the Menu for a few years.

  • BadKitty904

    Flim-flam Man Caught Flim-flamming – who woulda thunk it?

  • Belasaurius

    so he stiffs all these blue collar workers and is still supported by blue collar workers? C’mon Wonkette, the liquor store ain’t even openz yet.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Curious, ain’t it? I wish I could figure out how to cheat and abuse people and have them love me for it.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        We suffer the abuse of your snarky humor and we still love you.

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          Hey, I find an acorn on occasion.

      • MsAnthropesMr

        That’s not a healthy relationship.

      • SpideySenser

        Who knew there were so many masochists out there?

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        First, you jettison your soul and all human empathy . . . .

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          Done. Next?

      • atheistinafoxhole

        More likely this behavior would result in a class-action restraining order.

      • Aquaria

        Decades of conditioning will do it.

        See: Southern Strategy.

        See: Reagan and trashing PATCO.

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          I was flying for a living during the PATCO debacle. Reagan instantly made the skies over America the most unsafe they’d been in over 50 years, not to mention fucking over a generation of Air Traffic Controllers.

    • BadKitty904

      In that sense, he IS the epitome of GOP politician – conning the hayseeds is what they do…ALL they do…

  • schmannity

    Working for me and expecting to be paid. Sad. Pathetic. Such losers!

  • mardam422

    Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald. Deadbeat Donald.

  • Rick Hill

    Anyone surprised that Trumps “plan” to get America out of debt involves stiffing her creditors?

  • Well, you can’t get rich by writing people checks.

    Trump really is the embodiment of the American Id.

    • BadKitty904

      Especially when you can pay America’s debts by just printing more money.

      • Skwerl King

        That always works.

        • atheistinafoxhole

          The new Trump currency…

    • arglebargle

      Trump really is the embodiment of the American Idiot.

      FIFY

  • BadKitty904

    That tRump is a con-man and a thief is not news – that’s been public knowledge for years. What continues to amaze me is that he’s such an incompetent, petty con-man and thief.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      pet·ty ˈpedē/
      adjective
      1. of little importance; trivial.

      Yep, that’s the word.

    • SmokinGood

      What’s really amazing is that none of those other incompetent dickbags in the primaries ever hit him with any of this. DEEP BENCH, etc. et al. also too.

      • BadKitty904

        I would go with “horrifying,” rather than “amazing,” but yah…

      • That puzzled me, too – opposition research on sphincter phace takes a half hour & a laptop, and yet no one rolled out that old chestnut, ‘personal resonsibility’ or listed his many fails.

  • Rick Hill

    It’s starting to turn out that Trump isn’t made of Teflon like Ronnie. More like when shit was thrown at him it was indistinguishable from all the other shit that was already there. Now, everyone outside his die hard supporters are starting to notice the stench.

  • Lizzietish81

    I wonder if someone would be able to tally up his actual worth, including debt.

    • Rick Hill

      Only if he releases his info. That’s not going to happen without a fight.

    • Msgr_Moment

      He has. It’s on his recent tax reforms. ;)

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s all a shell game, and that he has a constant cash flow problem.

      • Skwerl King

        Just the brass polish alone costs $56k per month.

      • Gleem-McShinez

        and that he has a constant cash flow problem.

        RUDE!! She has a name, you know! IT’S Melanomia!

      • If I was a CSR at Capital One Visa I would definitely be doing some digging when the phones were quiet.

  • Jenny

    Could these “journalists” actually wait until he’s locked in as the nominee first?

    Plus, there are so many businesses who would envy this record. Why pay people when you can just keep all the money???

  • FauxAntocles

    What’s really sad to me is this “billionaire business mogul” is so petty that he’s actually involved in the payments to the lowest people on the chart – do you think Warren Buffett is concerned with stiffing his janitors’ pay?

    • Lizzietish81

      I found out recently my company is part of Warren Buffet’s portfolio.

      Made me feel better.

  • Parchment Scroll

    He’s like the entirety of Not Always Right in one ridiculous body.

  • Belasaurius

    and he says he really respects Jesus. Yea, just like all those times Jesus got other people to be crucified but never paid them for it.

    • Astraea

      Jesus promised future rewards that donn’t exist, is the lesson that Trump takes from Jesus.

      • Rick Hill

        Promises eternal life…can we get a receipt or written contract?

  • Msgr_Moment

    Hell, fuck his enablers, the
    ReTRUMPlican Party

  • As someone who has worked in the trades for over 30 years with hundreds of clients, I’ve had a small handful of clients who didn’t pay their bill on time, in full, or not at all. One even told me (laughing) to sue him for payment, I did and won the case. I’ve had to place mechanic’s liens on a couple of client’s properties for non or insufficient payment.

    The thing that all of our “problem” clients had in common was that they were wealthy beyond imagination and this sort of behaviour was almost a badge of honor to wear and brag about to their friends.

    Today, we focus on working for working people almost exclusively. We’ve never had a problem getting paid for our good work from people who understand the value of good work.

    I am grateful to be able to do to Trump and his ilk with votes what I’d like to do them in other ways.

    • MsAnthropesMr

      Amen.

    • Rick Hill

      I had one guy, had a business in the same building as me. Hired me to work in his lower level. Long story short, he set me up to sue me. Not only wanted money from me, wanted all the money he had paid, $11k. Fortunately for me he wasn’t very good at it and didn’t win. I lost 2,400 of the last payment and a grand in lawyer fees. Screw those guys.

      • I hear you brother.

      • Charles Wolf

        I’d let Donald think he ripped me off for that just to get him out of my life.

        • MrCanoehead

          That’s what he counts on.

    • DemmeFatale

      Various housekeepers I have known have all told me, that in general, Americans are good to work for.
      They pay on time, and empathize with them because their employers were cleaners, wait staff, nannies, etc. at one time.
      The only exceptions are the ones born with silver spoons in their mouths. Their sense of entitlement is yooooge!

  • eddi

    I bet Trump has never even heard of tipping.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I bet he expects to be tipped.

      • Astraea

        He did them the favor of serving him, after all.

      • eddi

        He won’t expect the tip he will get in November. Right off his high horse.

        • Longstreet63

          There will be lawsuits when he loses. The Republicans remember how they won last time. But Trump will sue even if the vote isn’t even close.
          Aw, too bad Scalia is still dead…

        • hopefully both tip AND the shaft

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      He deducts 20% from his bill for the privilege of allowing the servants to wait on him.

    • BadKitty904

      “Sure, I have – that city in China. I hear it’s YOOOGE. Very classy, what with the duck feet and all…”

    • Nockular cavity

      Well, when it’s that small, it’s all tip. AHEM.

      • eddi

        Smooth.

  • PubOption

    Meanwhile, in the Republican primaries for Missouri Governor, one candidate is being attacked for not paying taxes or publishing his tax returns. Will it hinder him as little as the same issues have hindered Trump?

    • Probably. It may even be a plus for him with the Republican base.

  • Pongo

    Dark tetrad personality. It will be a hoot to see how the party of personal responsibility spins this one. Speaker Ryan, care to weigh in?

    • BadKitty904

      Like that tower of jello is going to publicly comment on yet another Trump scandal…

    • Rick Hill

      “He’s a mega business man and he has people who don’t deserve what they asked to be paid.”

      Of course folks like us already feel the fallout from a political party who espouses this crap. One instance, servers who get no tip because they don’t deserve to be paid more than their salary. Also feeds into the privileged expectation that everyone who does work or interacts with them should be very deferential and show excitement because they have the opportunity to do something for them.

      • people who meet their obligations & honor their promises are weak, everyone knows that.

  • Mpeg

    Our town Richmond VA is getting inundated with teh Donald’s crazies this evening. Happens to be same time as a Tim McGraw concert AND Death Cab for Cutie concert, all of it downtown, which is kind of not that common a confluence of events.
    THrow in some high school grad ceremonies and Homeschoolers’ convention and get ready for Gridlock-Round-the-Block, Richmond!!

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Better go to the liquor store now, so you don’t run out.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        The ability to plan ahead. That’s what I love about liberals.

  • tehbaddr

    Flim Flam Man Con Artist Extraordinaire! Why can’t the stupids in ‘Merika see that he’ll fuck them just like he fucks everybody else?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Because stupid.

      • beingreleased

        Because stupid and they think he’s on their side this time. He’ll stiff the Chinese and other furriners. Just wait until they find out he’s only offering $90 for that $100 savings bond.

  • BadKitty904

    Why is the USA Today article not entitled “Dunning Donald“?

  • Msgr_Moment

    “Dump Lord Tan” is an anagram for Donald Trump.
    (saw this on the intertubes; must be true.)

    EDIT: Also, too: Damn turd pol.

  • Jay Vaughn

    How the fuck did that thing survive this long?

    • bookish

      Because some people are dazzled by his bullshit.

      • BadKitty904

        And because some folks just aren’t very bright.

        • Skwerl King

          And these stories have been featured on Donald since the 1980s. Just not the Nate Silver style statistical analysis.

          • DemmeFatale

            Agreed.
            He is known and hated by many in NYC.

    • Astraea

      Privilege is a real thing.

    • Nockular cavity

      He never stiffs the Mob.

      • I’m hoping for a Mob-related October surprise that will make Mario Cuomo look good.

    • MrBlobfish

      When you hear the name Trump, you think that if you do a great job, he’ll continue to throw you work and you’ll be set. That really is the worst thing you can do to a small company.

    • TJ Barke

      How’s that quote go? “You’ll never go broke underestimating the stupidity of the American people”

  • Blank Ron

    Somewhere in America, the faces of Deadbeat Donald’s campaign staff just went bloodless white.

    • Jenny

      Lol like any of them will get paid!

      • Blank Ron

        I suspect they’ll be first in line to get stiffed when he loses the general.

        • Jenny

          Yup.

          • bookish

            Yep. Hitler in his Berlin bunker: burn it down!

        • FauxAntocles

          BECAUSE OF THEIR SHODDY WORK!!111!!!
          SAD!!

    • Lulu Mac

      Seriously, their self-preservation instincts should be loading in 3…2…1…

    • Longstreet63

      I dunno. They seem to be head-in-the-sand true believers. I’m looking forward to the spin, myself.
      They themselves will think they are far too important to be stiffed.

    • anon_the_great

      What campaign staff? There seems to be a scrum of consultants, fixers, and thugs around the fascist yam but nothing that resembles a campaign staff

      • FlemmishSpy

        Don’t forget the stylist and a mirror.

        • OneYieldRegular

          I think it may be just a mirror. I mean, Trump is starting to look more and more like Meryl Streep’s version of Trump.

    • Msgr_Moment

      I hope he has to stiff himself for all that money he lent himself.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s already stiffed some campaign workers/contributors already. Weren’t their rumors just recently that his campaign is broke/near-broke without RNC’s dough?

  • Jay Vaughn

    Question. Is it better or worse if Trump is just pandering with his racism?

  • anwisok

    “It could be Trump simply gets a charge out of being an asshole.”

    UNPOSSIBLE!!!

  • Jenny

    O/t but the two libertarians and the way too old to be a socialist Bern out at work are whispering to each other about how awful Elizabeth Warren is for supporting Hillz.

    I wanted to have a good Friday! My headphones are going in.

  • TeeRaak
  • Dr. Krieger IRL

    “Deadbeat Donald” works.

    • No he doesn’t.

      Everybody works FOR him.

      And then he refuses pay ’em.

      GOD BLESS AMERICA!

      • Dr. Krieger IRL

        Touche!

  • Belasaurius

    even Manson paid his bills, I mean, he paid with drugs or the use of his women or physical threats, but at least he made some kind of effort.

    • Jenny

      My ex’s family goes through so much effort to stiff their hired help, it was ridiculous. It was an attitude that was passed to the ex. It’s a really disgusting thing to watch.

    • Aquaria

      I attended an elite private school during my elementary years. So I knew all the rich East Texas oil brats. It’s sort of weird–I remember them being less douchy. Sure, a few of them were, but most of them weren’t like this.

      I do remember one of them who was coming into hundreds of millions–in the 70s. Her parents had some rules they expected her to follow:

      1) Work a part-time job at the mall while she was in high school and college, so that she would understand what it was like to do “real” work.

      2) She did not have unlimited access to her trust fund or the family bank accounts. She had a limited allowance that permitted her to have some nice things, not an endless stream of them.

      3) She was expected to budget her spending and live within that budget. If she went over, too fucking bad.

      4) They did not buy her a brand new car when she was old enough to drive. She got the family’s 5 year old Mercedes sedan, and she was expected to put gas in it and cover repairs on it out of her allowance.

      5) She went to a public high school.

      6) Her parents did buy her school clothes every year. She had a set budget that she could spend. It was not enough for her to buy trunks of designer clothes. For the most part, she shopped out of the middle-class store where she worked, because she could buy more there with her employee discount.

      6) She was expected to keep her own room neat at home, make the bed every morning, mop the marble floor once a week, wash the windows, and so on. She even had to sort her laundry and put it in appropriate bins on laundry day for the maid, and then put away her clothes when they were returned to her room. She asked me for advice on how to do the laundry herself, because it would get her an increase in her allowance if she learned how to wash her own clothes without destroying them. I let her practice a few loads at my house before doing a demonstration for her parents. Yes, they expected her to prove to them that she was up to the task before giving her the raise. If she forgot to do her laundry herself even one week, they docked her for it.

      Her parents did pay for things like the couture gown she had for her
      debutante party, her wedding (but it was NOT spectacular), and of course for her higher education. The first two were special occasion exemptions, and the other was simply something the parents considered their responsibility, but it was conditional on her getting good grades.

      Thanks to her parents raising her right, she is now a kind, generous adult who could not imagine doing things like stiffing her maid, or not paying her bills, or not fulfilling a contract with people building homes for her or otherwise doing business with her. My mother says she is the maven of philanthropy back home, and everyone still loves her to death, for good reason.

      I haven’t talked to her in several years now, so I can only imagine her expression if she ever reads about Trump stiffing people this way. I have a feeling that horrified would not begin to describe it.

      • right, it’s not the money itself that’s the problem. I suspect that Trump’s father was an even worse asshole than he is, and set an example to follow. In college I knew one guy who was heir to the PPG fortune, and who was the nicest guy. I also knew a guy who was destined to run the Pew Charitable Trust, and he was a total douche. Depends on how you’re raised.

  • TheGrandWaz00

    Stiffing working stiffs gives him a stiffy.

  • Jay Vaughn

    Alfred E. Nueman libel.

    • samsuncle

      The freckles are a nice touch.

  • data_ninja

    Just another example of the invisible small hands of the Free Market at work.

    • Dr. Krieger IRL

      “See! Not so tiny!”
      -Deadbeat Donald

  • anon_the_great

    It might have been better if this had come to light after the Rethug convention

    • Astraea

      I’m not sure the Rs have the competence to find and put in place a new candidate by the convention. They can’t seem to find their own asses these days, and their own constituency is working against them by demanding the impossible.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        You say that like it’s a bad thing.

        • Astraea

          No no, I’m enjoying it immensely!

          • Longstreet63

            But what if it means once again staring at cheap human simulacrum Ted Cruz for six months?

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            Not to harsh our buzz, but I honestly don’t think any of the skin sacks that originally ran would be the RNC’s go-to. They’d look to Romney or Ryan or someone who hasn’t already been soundly thrashed by the Trumpanzees. In other words, stock up on popcorn ’cause July’s gonna rock!

    • cynmac

      There’s more – the Mob connections, etc… This is the tip of the iceberg.

    • MrBlobfish

      I’m sure they’re holding on to a few blockbusters to release during the convention. Maybe an interview with Marla Maples.

      • Aquaria

        I have a very strong feeling that Marla has something good on him. Well, good for those of us who will love watching him be dragged into the mud and kicked in the face, with votes.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Deadbeat Donald Trump: A Cheap Sociopath Who Doesn’t Pay His Bills

    As Chump himself would say: that’s just how Scotsmen are.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      He’s probably just ignorant enough to say that on June 22 when he’s in Scotland cutting the ribbon at Trump Turnberry.

      • BosGrl

        ATTENTION ALL SCOTS: Go and protest. Scream and shout and cause a ruckus.

  • Cranky Man

    Unfortunately, this is how all, I said ALL, of our corporate overlords do “capitalism”. A former employer took a $50,000 loss on work done for a huge multinational energy giant. $50k was about 15 seconds of profit for them, 2 months of profit for him. All over their design mistake.

  • MrBlobfish

    Stories like this will be trickling out all summer. How delightful. I will use Deadbeat Donald Trump every chance I get. Ya hear that, Deadbeat Donald Trump?

  • BadKitty904

    Good thing we at least know he pays all his taxes. Oh, wait…

  • Blank Ron

    OT: the great Gordie Howe has died. One of hockey’s VERY greatest.
    Hard to believe his career quietly ended so long ago.

    • marxalot

      Helmets off, lads. Moment of silence.

      Okay, y’all. Keep your stick on the ice.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Fuck, I’m old.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Howe’s on first. In the great sportsball arena in the sky.

    • Suttree

      I’ll say it again because this is the closest I have ever been to one of the greats. My mother helped to deliver Mario Lemieux’s babby.

  • Iron Monkey

    the manager of the general contractor for the Doral renovation admitted that a decision was made not to pay The Paint Spot because Trump “already paid enough.”

    Lovely. We don’t need to pay you the balance of you invoice, we feel the money you got to purchase materials is plenty. Under the Trump Doctrine of accounts payable, “we already paid enough”. That should grind the economy to a halt pretty quickly.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      His accounting department probably has that made into a rubber stamp.

  • DemmeFatale

    “Deadbeat Drumpf”

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Even after all these months of watching and listening to Fuckface von Clownstick, I’m still surprised by the depths of his soullessness. Is there nothing in him that is good? Does anyone know if he kicks puppies and jerks off to snuff films?

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      I read it on the internet.

    • Suttree

      Is this a rhetorical question?

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Most of the ex-wives know, but have signed agreements not to tell.

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

    Please, God, don’t let the wheels come off before the Republican convention…

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …this rat bastard is the perfect MASCOT for the GOP!!!

    -Racist? CHECK!
    -Misogynist? CHECK!
    -Bigot? CHECK!
    -Hypocrite? CHECK!
    -Liar? CHECK
    -Dumb as a bag of FARTS? CHECK!!!
    -THEIF???CHECK!!!!!!111!!!1!!!!!!

    • Longstreet63

      I had heard the expression “dumb as a box of hair” but I never realized one would get the GOP nomination…

    • I wouldn’t accept a personal check from Trump, if you know what I mean.

      • Blank Ron

        Cash. Up front. In used bills, please.

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …he is the type of asshole that would post date a check for 2099

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Looks like we’re in for another Republican “I am not a crook” speech.

      • OneYieldRegular

        He already gives that speech every time someone attacks him.

        “You have small hands.”

        “I don’t have small hands. I have big hands.”

        “You have thin skin.”

        “I don’t have thin skin. I have very strong, very thick skin.”

        “You’re a crook.”

        “I am not a crook.”

  • BadKitty904

    The “sociopath” part I can deal with. He a GOP politician, so I expect that.

    What kills me is the “cheap” part – it’s just so *TACKY*…

  • SadDemInTex

    This is how the super rich operate. They don’t pay for anything. Melania probably hasn’t paid for her clothes since she married him. They probably have been comped for every meal in every restaurant. It is insane the way we allow rich people to be parasites.

    • SnarkOff

      Celebrities also, too. They don’t pay for their Oscar outfits, their meals, anything.

      • BosGrl

        True but a lot of celebrities give back in other ways. I don’t think they’d screw their makeup person.

        • SnarkOff

          Oh, rest assured, they do.

          • BosGrl

            That would be pretty stupid – would not want to piss off anyone who touches my face.

          • SnarkOff

            If a celebrity who lives in Los Angeles has to go to, say, New York for a movie premiere, and wants her personal hairstylist to go with her, the movie studio will frequently make the stylist pay for his/her own plane ticket and accommodations. Perhaps the celebrity doesn’t know about this, or perhaps the celebrity doesn’t care, but either way the hairstylist will often just pay up in order not to lose favor with the celeb. Otherwise the celeb will simply find a new favorite stylist in New York. Celebrities make their doctors clear their waiting rooms for appointments and call at all hours of the day and night, but don’t pay anything extra for it. It goes on and on.

          • BosGrl

            My mom is a hairdresser. I would go ballistic if this was done to her. Stupid celebrities.

        • YoBunnyBunny

          Mariah Carey screwed her make up person (allegedly). http://www.tmz.com/2014/11/03/mariah-carey-beauty-spends-high-maintenance-lawsuit/

          But to celebrities’ credit, if they do stiff somebody, they might become tabloid fodder and get a healthy dose of public shaming and maybe blacklisting.

    • Blank Ron

      And yet, somehow, WE are the ‘takers.’

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      ^this^^^

      • Suttree

        This falls under the rule of don’t go to the fucking bar if you can’t tip motherfucker. Only worse.

    • crunchyknee

      But, but, they are our BETTERS!!11

  • jmhm

    how about we try to make “Deadbeat Donald” stick?

    I’m sure his ex-wives would appreciate it.

  • MsAnthropesMr

    The Economist reported on this about a month ago. They really hate Trump.

    • BadKitty904

      One more reason to like The Economist

  • SnarkOff

    OK, folks, so if you are pleased that USA Today took the time and spent the money to research and write this story, don’t just read about it here on Wonkette. Click the link and go on over there and give USA Today, and reporter Steve Reilly, the pageview love they deserve. Here. Here’s the link again, in case you’re too tired. This has been a Mainstream Media Public Service Announcement. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/

    • cynmac

      This is kinda old news but I’ll give them the pageclick for being the first MSM outlet to run the story.

      • SnarkOff

        Do it. Doesn’t matter if it’s old news. It cost money, it benefits all of us, and it’s important to “pay” for it with a page view.

    • Marion in Savannah

      Went, and left a comment thanking them for the article.

  • x111e7thst

    the real problem is clearly Hillz’ server. let’s focus on what’s important people

    • BadKitty904

      What, did Hilz not tip him/her enough?

  • Nockular cavity

    I’m surprised that that Florida judge was unfamiliar with the sacred contract law principle of We’ve Paid Those Guys Enough Already.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      I’m gonna try that at the grocery store this weekend.
      “I already paid for the milk and eggs. Now you want me to pay for the bread and cheese, too? Well, I’ve had to inconvenience myself by walking ALL OVER this store. They cereal is, like, WAYYYY over there… And there were grapes on the floor in Produce. I’ve paid you enough.”

  • Iron Monkey

    People like Trump (and they are legion among his class) feel that once they have money it should be theirs forever and they just HATE using it to pay contractors or employees. They look at it as giving away their money.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      I do know the feeling, commoner that I am. I’m pretty sure a lot of us can relate to wanting to keep what we worked so hard to earn. Then again, I am okay with NOT doing shit that would require me to part ways with my bread. I’ll just watch basic network TV rather than try to the stiff cable or dish companies.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      “If anything, the contractor owes me money, because he got to be near me while he worked, and possibly even hear some of my terrific advice.”

  • orygoon

    I read a lot, and in ever so many period novels there are upper-class fops who never pay their tailor’s bills. These things never change.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Gambling debts, also, too.

      • BosGrl

        Normally they do get in trouble in the end, though; private usury jail like in Vanity Fair… here, there is no consequence at all…

    • BadKitty904

      They also tended to die of syphilis, so there’s hope…

      • orygoon

        Ha, you read them also too!

        • BadKitty904

          Bred’n’fed on Dickens, et al.

          • orygoon

            I just recently watched the “Dr. Thorne” miniseries. Fun!

          • BadKitty904

            My bf will let me watch the Cranford series only once a year, as it makes me such an emotional wreck…

          • BosGrl

            I LOVE Cranford!!

          • BadKitty904

            Oh, GOD, so do I, as long as I have a day or two to recover afterwards. Just thinking of the life-long romance between the elderly Miss Matty and Mr Holbrook makes me tear up as I type this…

        • pstockholm

          Or their ugliness accumulates in a portrait in the attic.
          Oh wait, we seem to have gotten the attic version by mistake.

      • cynmac

        Randolph Churchill Libelz!!11!

  • DemmeFatale

    OT:
    Yesterday, in Foster City, CA, I saw a handwritten, crappy piece of paper on the back of a car that said:
    Vote Trump “16”
    Everyone was slowing down to see what the moran driving the car looked like.
    (I guess her bumper sticker is in the mail.)

    • AntiDerpomeme

      What color crayon did she use?

      • Msgr_Moment

        Not Flesh, or you couldn’t read it.

        • Duke

          Flesh is lighter than a paper bag.

      • Suttree

        Orange?

    • BosGrl

      I would vote that Trump is 16; he certainly acts like it.

      • Ghenghis McCann

        Months, not years?

      • TJ Barke

        More like 6.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Here in Maryland, somebody has painted a nice little Trump 2016 homage on the side of his garage or something…

      It’s weird. In 2012, it was the Romney Fabulists who were going out of their way to have the most biggestest campaign signs (among a sea of small Obama signs). Now it’s the Trump Trolls and their little mock-ups not even fit for the refrigerator door.

  • Suttree

    I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Donald is broke as shit and has been for some time. We already know that he is a sociopath, but he is just a poor man who likes to pretend that he is rich. It is the only thing that gets him out of bed in the morning.

    • BosGrl

      Living off the backs of others… like the people who are planning to vote for him.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      Well, it’s all relative, since I’m sure he’s richer than I’ll ever be. But then again, I feel an ethical obligation to pay people for goods and services rendered, so I’m likely doing it wrong.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        That’s correct, next time you are at the market, just steal that baguette.

      • Suttree

        Commie!!!!!! Or something, I’m not sure how to insult you properly.

        • AntiDerpomeme

          Clearly unfit to hold public office, at least on a Republiban ticket (yeah, typo, but I like it so it stands).

          • Suttree

            It is similar to Taliban, so I like it!

      • cynmac

        There is an Ivanka interview from back in the day where she tells a story about walking in NYC with her dad during the 90s when he had filed bankruptcy. They passed a homeless guy and Drumpf comments that the hobo probably had more money than he did.

    • data_ninja

      I’m guessing that’s why he’s holding back on releasing his tax returns. That is the no-questions-asked measure of wealth for any US citizen.

      Just another reason that they hate the IRS: It knows the truth about them, and they can’t lie to it.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Why would anyone do business with this guy?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I would bet my last Amero that no one does more than once, which is probably why there are so many suits against him.

      • cynmac

        Also why he doesn’t build stuff himself anymore, but licenses his name out.

    • Msgr_Moment

      I wish Donnie had beaten out Snarly for the HP iPhone deal.
      And that Jobs had shown even less mercy.

    • Playonwords

      Because heavily built gentlemen in expensive suits and Noo Yawk accents advise you it is good for your health.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Probably when the market was tanking, contractors took whatever they could because “putting food on the family.”

  • Randy Riddle

    Stiffs his workers? Doesn’t pay contractors? Makes lawyers have to sue to get their fees?

    It’s every Republican’s dream come true.

    • cynmac

      Until it’s the RNC and the downstream candidates that he’s stiffing. Drumpf refuses to participate in fundraising. So who is going to pay for his coronation ceremony and the other activities needed for a national campaign????

  • MrBlobfish

    I’m disappointed USAToday didn’t use any colorful charts to help the dimmer of us understand how despicable Deadbeat Donald Trump is.

    • Duke

      I like charts and graphs.

      • Doug Langley

        This just in from the Trump campaign HQ . . .

        • Playonwords

          So now he’s going to break the concrete floor?

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Well, we finally found one area in which he IS a huge dick.

    • Look Closer

      #DeadbeatDonald might stick!

  • MrBlobfish

    OT for you iceball fans. Gordie Howe is dead.

    • The Wanderer

      Shit.

      • Steven M. Harries

        Yes. he was 88 and in pure dementia. I’m sure his servants are glad they don’t have to wipe his shit anymore, and I’m glad he’s not suffering anymore.

    • “A goal. an assist, and a fight”

      RIP, Gordie.

    • Steven M. Harries

      Such a wonderful guy he helped prevent the formation a players’ union on behalf of the owners in the 1960s by telling his fellow concussionheads unionization would be bad.

      Then out of his own greed, he turned his back on the league and jumped to the WHA in the 1970s.

      As for “Gordie Howe Hat Tricks,” only two have been uncovered. It’s mythos.

      Great player, yes, but very mortal as a human.

      Islander Rule!

  • orygoon

    For that matter, my own husband, an old guy, has told me that his poor-but-sorta-slightly genteel (pretentions, only pretentions) father would go to the downtown of Galveston for coffee every day, and the local rich guy, Moody or whoever is was, would cadge his papa’s newspaper instead of buying one himself.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      This is how the rich stay rich, and I’m not even joking. A very wealthy woman of my acquaintance will cut one leg off a pair of pantyhose that gets a run (obviously she needs 2 pairs for this to work) instead of buying new ones.

      • orygoon

        Yes. It is known.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Well, back when I was part of teh poorz I did that too. I decided that eating might be better than a new pair of pantyhose.

    • BosGrl

      Back in the ’80s I used to work at DeLuca’s Market on Beacon Hill in Boston… you knew the really old money by the way they dressed (expensive, well-patched) and the way they watched every penny.

    • lroom

      My neighbor is filthy rich and he won’t even spend money to run his air-conditioner. This is in Alabama and I have no idea how he survives our summers but he thinks it’s a waste of money.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Well, at least he’s just suffering it out and not running an extension cord from his neighbor’s house. So there is that.

      • orygoon

        Plus ça change, plus c’est la même-chose.

        When I was in college in the humid part of Texas, I lived in some slummy digs with no a/c. It was just horrible. Some of my poorer friends live in the last couple of dorms without a/c because they were cheaper. It was horrible. Don’t remind me again, please!

      • Gleem-McShinez

        One of the partners I used to work for once had some bark and decorative gravel delivered to his house, for landscaping. But in order to save money on the delivery, he had them bring it in one truck, and didn’t have them put a partition in and dump each pile out separately.

        So he tries to convince our file clerks to work for minimum wage (which was considerably less than their normal pay) for a couple hours on a weekend to sort piles of bark out from piles of rocks.

        Nobody took him up on that offer.

        Weak, sad. Low energy! If he was a real chip off the old Trumpstick, he should have threatened to fire them if they didn’t do it.

  • ryp

    Family motto: A Trump always renegotiates his debt.

    • cynmac

      Yeah, but the issues with the law suit at Doral cost him the PGA contract, because Cadillac did not reniew. So save a penny, lose lots lots more. And of course, Drumpf cried “UNFAIR”. The best past? The tournament is moving to Mexico.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/02/sports/golf/donald-trump-doral-pga-tour.html

      • Gleem-McShinez

        NOT IF THEY CAN’T GET IT OVER THE WALL!!

    • Playonwords

      “A Bad Penny Always Turns Up”

  • Donkey Option

    I hate those companies who decide way after the fact that they thought your work wasn’t good enough as an excuse not to pay you. I’ve had this happen, and my response is “then why didn’t you bring that up 6 months ago when we completed the work?” We would have made any changes you wanted if you had told us. We’re happy to make any changes now. But you can’t just say “hey, we don’t like your work so we just aren’t going to pay you” without it ringing loud and clear “I am an asshole who just refuses to pay people for the work they do.” Fuck people like that.

  • OneYieldRegular

    “Demand cash up front, people!”

    Could we get some concrete policy ideas up front from Trump – any concrete policy ideas? Because at this point I’m pretty damned sure a President Trump wouldn’t pay out on any promise he’s yet projectile vomited from his puckered little mouth.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      I thought his policy was to buy the concrete from the Mafia?

    • Jamoche

      I think he’s promised to not pay any of the US debts to other countries – looks like that one’s pretty reliable.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Yeah, like The Wall he wants to build. The fence we built cost $2.4 billion. A wall could cost as much as $25 billion to build, probably more, but then you have to maintain it and staff it.

      • Aquaria

        And the Mexicans will only find a way past it. I think they found ways through the fence within five minutes of its construction and the border patrol looking the other way.

  • Scooby

    It’s hard to claim your contractors did shabby work then claim you hire only the best people. Something’s wrong.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      Easy. You hire the classiest best people, and they go bad and turn on you. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over.

    • Look Closer

      The Donald’s voters. After he’s long gone, they will still be here.

      • Donkey Option

        Aren’t these the same people who hate Democrats because they are terrible for small businesses?

        • Look Closer

          I know they hate Democrats just because!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Not to mention that at least one guy I saw on TV last night said his father’s company, which went bust after Fuckface von Clownstick stiffed him, was offered more work if they’d agree to settle for what they’d already been paid. So it kinda seems like maybe that whole “shoddy work” excuse was bullshit. Shocking, I know.

      • idiotboy

        Oh my, I have heard that one before. “Do this for me at such and such a price and I will be giving you a lot of work down the road”
        Run like hell.

        • Gleem-McShinez

          Do this for me at such and such a price
          (Which I don’t plan on actually paying)

          Hey! Where are you going!? There’s a lot more where that came from!!

      • doktorzoom

        That would be the cabinetmaker who was driven out of business :( (Sory, it was long enough as it was and i couldn’t include ALL the awful)

    • TJ Barke

      Self awareness is hard.

    • MarkM

      The best people will no longer work for the cocksucker. They got tired of not being paid on time.

  • Look Closer

    The Donald is the ultimate grifter. And Republicans want him to be President. Imagine that one.

    • eddi

      A match made in Hell.

  • Fly

    Paying bills are for the little people. Paying for politicians is done promptly.

    • Donkey Option

      He did pay his bribes to the AG’s that threw out the lawsuits against him pretty promptly.

  • bubbuhh

    Incest might be the only evil Trunip has yet to commit…maybe, not.

    • Look Closer

      I’m going with the latter.

      • AngryKatie

        It’s exceedingly creepy that his latest wife has morphed into a clone of his daughter.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      You could start with a list of the 10 Commandments and see which ones he has failed to break. As far as I know, he hasn’t killed anyone. Did he honor his parents? He never talks about his mother.

      • A boy’s best friend is his mother.

        • Ghenghis McCann

          Trump’s imaginary best friend ran away, because he couldn’t stand him. i read it on the Interwebs..

        • cynmac

          bhahahhaha

        • lroom

          Evidently he scalped his mom when she passed and has been wearing her hair ever since.

          • YoBunnyBunny

            I did meet a guy who liked to wear his deceased mother’s rings and what not, but I guess that’s different…

      • bubbuhh

        I suspect your list of what he hasn’t done would be a lot shorter if you included the “sins” he’s paid others to do for him.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          There are also those “sins” that people commit “in their heart” without actually doing them. They count too. I’m sure Donald committed a lot of those.

    • Playonwords

      Given his desire to date his daughter and some of the creepy photos – don’t be to sure of that.

  • Msgr_Moment

    We know how much Donald Trump enjoys nicknames, so let’s see if we can’t popularize one for him.

    Austrian fireman?

  • Dr. Krieger IRL

    If he played D&D, his name could be “DeadBeast Donald”.
    It would at least explain the hair.

  • ClarkJoe

    “Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely.”

    Too bad the Trump U vicitims didn’t have that option… Seriously, I don’t think this “I can get away without paying my bills” defense is something that most Americans will relate to.

    • Jamoche

      There are a few – it’s astonishing how much Trump reminds me of the worst of the Judge Judy defendants.

    • Notreelyhelping

      This is how contracts work?

      • Gleem-McShinez

        Yes, you agree to everything, then write it all down, and sign it, so everyone clearly knows what is expected of them, then you just mercurially decide to short-pay someone because it’ll costs them more in debt recovery, and you’ll get away with it because the real estate services market was recently nearly decimated, so those that survived are probably still a bit weak and are going to take any scraps you’ll throw them.

    • Interesting theory. My bank did a rather shabby job while I was buying my house, so I think I’ll just knock $10,000 off the mortgage.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Defrauding Donny T strikes again….

  • ClarkJoe

    Even USA Today…

    • beingreleased

      Cosmo has a story lined up: “Trump’s sex tips rated from ‘don’t do that’ to ‘holy fuck get away from me'”

      • Marion in Savannah

        Okay, you’ve made me HOWL. I’m just glad that I didn’t have a mouth full of tea.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      ‘Top Ten Sex Tricks to Drive Your Sugar Daddy WILD!”

      • Gleem-McShinez

        Sidebar: “Five easy ways to mask your disappointment”

  • Spotts1701

    “Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely.”

    Yeah, that’ll go over well with Northrop Grumman or Lockheed.

    • subatomic

      One word, F35.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      If that kind of clause isn’t written in their contract, YOU ARE VIOLATING THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT. Full stop.

      Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Go directly to jail.

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Trump McScrooge. This guy is such a flaming asshole. If someone punched him in the nose (with votes) I would not complain.

    • Look Closer

      I want to wait until after the Republican convention. If he is the nominee (which I highly doubt), then we can destroy the entire Republican Party!

      • dshwa

        He’ll be the nominee. The rubes aren’t going to stand for shenanigans by the Establishment.

        • Look Closer

          I hope you’re right! I don’t trust Republicans as far as I can throw them though.

          • eddi

            If they stiff Donnie on the nomination, he will just go third party and still burn their House (and Senate) down.

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            Too late. Most states have already closed their ballots to third parties. And they have sore-loser escape clauses that make it impossible for someone to run because he got his fee-fees hurt. But I wouldn’t put it past him to encourage his Trumpanzees to write him in anyway, nor past them to try it.

          • Marion in Savannah

            Can you imagine the shitstorm that would ensue if the Trumpenproletariat are denied their wishes? Talk about tantrums…

  • Mpeg

    If only this story about Donald’s “do nothin about the bills” broke *last* Friday.. on National Donuttin’ Day

  • Steven M. Harries

    35 cents. Cheap.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Look. Sometimes you don’t pay people just to mess with ’em. Keep them on their toes. Make them beg because you already paid enough. Then when they don’t beg for the money you don’t pay. It’s hilarious. I love to make jokes. Wonderful. I’m very funny. People tell me this, okay? Believe me. I’m very charming. Very nice. So charming I’ll make your head spin. They did shoddy work. All of these guys. You look at what I built and I build the best stuff. Terrific, terrific buildings. Elegant. Gorgeous.

    • Marion in Savannah

      And very, very classy.

      (If you keep this up you’re going to need a long period of recovery at a fine spa somewhere, and probably a great deal of alcohol. Be careful!)

    • TJ Barke

      I think the abyss has stared back into you…

    • Doug Langley

      You’re starting to enjoy this a little too much.

    • Notreelyhelping

      So fucking charming you’ll get sick of it.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      If you don’t stop making that face it’s gonna stick like that!

    • Me The People

      That was great. Also works perfectly if read in Tony Soprano’s voice, oddly enough.

    • cynmac

      Are you the Artist Formerly Known As Pinkham?
      ETA or Bidenator?

    • lroom

      We’re gonna have to send you to a re-education camp when this thing is over.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Does it hurt when you do that?

  • Tony Alexander

    o.t., how said is this?

    just sauntered over to the gop.com site (i feel so dirty) and trump is mentioned NOWHERE on the home page.

    there’s more shit about hillary than trump.

    • bubbuhh

      Been that way for more than 24 hours and counting

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      How sad is it? On a scale of 0-10, where 10=my dog died, I’m going with -103.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      Hah! Top article in “RNCResearch” “A Platform for Chaos”. Little do they know…

  • MarkM

    This sort of attitude is not uncommon among those with a bit of money and an inflated opinion of their own self-worth, unfortunately. My uncle, who was in the funeral business, was stiffed by a well known local civic politician and businessman on the bill for his mother’s funeral. He finally settled the bill – only to pull the same stunt when his father passed away. I don’t know if my uncle got paid for that one, and don’t ask me why he agreed to do it in the first place.

    One good thing that may arise from Drumpf’s candidacy (other than his inevitable public humiliation over the next few months), is that being publicly exposed on the national stage as the cheapjack, blowhard little hustler that he is may mean there will be a lot fewer people who are willing to do business with him when it’s all over.

    • BadKitty904

      I would’ve supposed that, if you stiffed (heh!) a funeral home, the contract would be negated and they’d just return the corpse to you.

      • pstockholm

        Talk about deadbeats.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        They are so many un-nice things that a funeral home could do…

        But seriously, dude must not have given even a DRY FUCK about his parents to not pay for their funerals. Hope he doesn’t have any kids of his own…

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Trump, unfortunately, is astute enough to operate from certain human First Principles. Some people crave proximity to wealth, even if it’s all smoke and mirrors, and the chance to maybe pocket some of the silverware. Every huckster-from carnie barker to Ponzi scheme billionaire- locks in on this weakness.

  • bubbuhh

    Why wasn’t this stuff brought during the GOPee primary by his opponents? Didn’t they pay anyone to do opposition research? Maybe, Trunip really is the smartest one in the room when the room only has GOPees in it. <>

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      They couldn’t really attack him, as Hillary has pointed out, because they agree with 98% of what he said.

      • bubbuhh

        In the GOPee, hypocrisy has never been a bar to attacking an opponent before, especially when there are specifics to recite.

        • BadKitty904

          More of a requirement, really…

      • anwisok

        They couldn’t attack him on policy, but there’s no reason this should have been off limits. Unless they all had skeletons this big in their own closets.

        • Playonwords

          Errrr – you may have hit on the reason.

        • JH Marx

          cuz he got no policies.

    • HanBarbara

      Also, hubris. After all Jeb! Had this huge war chest with tons of wealthy donors. He pretty much thought that guaranteed him the nomination.

    • cynmac

      Several things: 1) The GOP likes candidates who have issues (ie, Hastert, etc) because they blackmail them; 2) In recent years, they have done a terrible job of vetting people (ie, Palin); 3) They were afraid of Trump during the primary and now they can’t control him.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Because they were all A Idiot. Seriously, they were a bunch of incompetent small-time bumbling idiot grifters. The hurdle to negotiate to become the Smartest Guy in the GOP Room was flush with the floor.

      • revenant

        the bar was, in fact, painted on the floor- and sixteen Republican “leaders” still tripped over it

  • BadKitty904

    I think I see where tRump’s campaign is getting some of its ideas from:

    • OddMan

      Eat Tripe! Vote Trump!

      Eeewww.

      ps. where did you find this wonderful old ad?

      • BadKitty904

        My brother sent it to me. We have a similar…”sense of humor”…and I’ll leave it at that…

    • Debbies are like snowflakes

      ……..wait….what?

      (and………wait….there was a British Tripe Council)?

      • BadKitty904

        History is a strange and wonderful place.

        TRIPE FOR STAMINA!

      • Me The People

        The whole country was tripe crazy back on those days. We needed something to distract us, what with basic things like colour still being under strict rationing.

      • Aquaria

        During WWII and for many years after, regular meat was in short supply in Britain.

        You ate horse, tripe–whatever, to get any protein at all.

        • Debbies are like snowflakes

          Wonkette: come for the snark, stay for the learnin’!

        • nick kelly

          Bread wasn’t rationed during the war, but it was after for a while.
          In 45-48 Britain was flirting with starvation. Not much help from the US either. A reluctant 300 million loan- since paid back. And it had to help feed Germany after the USSR reneged.

    • h4rr4r

      Tripe is way better than Trump.

    • Gary Charound

      Look out! Give tripe face his day.

    • Playonwords

      Donald Trump is Rodger Ditchley.

  • calliecallie

    In much the same way that Sarah Palin inspired many dimwitted grifters to run for office, or Mitt Romney inspired folks to consider cheating on their taxes, Deadbeat Donald is now inspiring businessmen everywhere to simply not pay their bills in full or on time, just to see if they can get away with it. Who’s the Republicans next candidate, I wonder?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      People who saw Ben Carson on the campaign trail and thought, “Huh. Brain surgery must not be THAT hard”?

      • JohnC44

        The thought had crossed my mind…I figure if a guy who is very obviously high as a kite on powerful opiates 24/7 can do it, it really must just be a matter of a little practice. I’ll be looking for volunteers once I can figure out a way to remember what side the appendix is on…is it my right or yours? Nobody can explain it.

    • pstockholm

      Would be fun if it were Evil Knievel.
      What, he’s dead? They probably won’t notice.

    • Vecciojohn LLC

      Bernard Kerik?

    • YoBunnyBunny

      What ever happened to that “Moral Hazard” the GOP was always talking about back in the Shrub days???

      • Doug Langley

        Hey, Trump is nothing like Bush! Why, Dubya was a crappy businessman who ruined one venture after another, was known only because of his family name, who, who . . . ah, nuts.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    When I first heard that the McPaper was the one that did this story, I giggle-snorted in my cornflakes. But then I remembered that even folks with a third-grade education can usually follow the stories, and it gave me hope that some Trumpf supporters might actually read it.
    Assuming they can read.

    • TJ Barke

      It won’t matter, to them it’s just the evil lamestream media trying smear poor dear leader.

    • MarkM

      They like the pie charts!

      Mmmmm, pie

      https://youtu.be/b4SXpOFQ9T8

    • bubbuhh

      It ain’t the truth until Fukks News reports it with sad faces.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      As I dimly recall, The USA Today did some spectacular reporting on the ongoing clusterfuck in Iraq through the 2000’s.

    • AngryKatie

      Restate and Fox both have the story “above the fold.” The story is trending on Redstate.

      • cynmac

        Really? Thanks for the report. Good to see that Tuesday’s “reboot” isn’t working for Drumpf.

        • AngryKatie

          I tried wading through the comments on Fox to get a temperature reading, but I just couldn’t. The toe dip made it clear it’s way too early for me to start the kind of drinking that endeavor calls for.

      • Playonwords

        Remember Red State are on Disqus now. Get the Sterile wet wipes and “heart” the story (after you have “hearted” it here)

  • timpundit

    This asshole is a bottomless pit of skeeve.

    • bookish

      Heh heh.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    He probably hasn’t paid for those ugly, cheap looking “Make America Great Again” hats, either….it makes me wonder. Is Trump the Big Lebowski? The parallels are there…

    • Look Closer

      It’s hard me to imagine that. I like the Big Lebowski!

    • Vecciojohn LLC

      The bums will always lose!

    • AlasAnAss

      Where’s a Sobchak when you need one? I mean, besides inside when it’s Shabbos.

  • Trump reminds me of a relative of mine. When we were kids and he’d visit his mother, when it was time for them to leave, would make him empty his pockets and return all the stuff he’d stolen. He cried and pouted the whole time about how it wasn’t fair.

    He’s rich now, too!

  • ThePuckStopsHere

    OT but the man in my little profile pic here passed away this morning at 88. He was The Greatest, too. #9 Gordie Howe. I got to see him play and I got his autograph when I was a kid after the first game I ever saw in person. I’m sad about it, of course, but not too much. He lived a great life. So now, it’s Hockey Night in Heaven.

    • Yeah, I just heard about it, too. RIP Mr. Howe.

    • Look Closer

      Floating with the butterfly, Muhammad Ali!

    • limberrat

      RIP Gordie.

    • MarkM

      Fuck, that’s terrible news. But you’re right – he did lead a great life RIP Gordie.

    • Mickey Donovan

      What an experience for your first live game. What a memory. I watched the totally over-the-top thrill my grandson got when the local AAA team hero tossed him a puck over the glass and later tapped his glove to the kid’s fist as he was leaving the ice. Over the moon. I can only imagine the thrill you got then and the special memory you have today. RIP #9.

    • AlasAnAss

      RIP, Mr Howe

  • limberrat
    • I’m going to have to go pee before I read this, because I’m sure it’s such an ironic laff-riot that I’ll pee myself.

    • BadKitty904

      Doesn’t he have some penniless widows to foreclose on or something…

      • Look Closer

        No. The Kochs just have an earth to destroy.

    • Look Closer

      I wonder if Republicans (including Koch) ever regret having that treacherous meeting on January 20, 2009? If not, let’s make sure they do!

    • bubbuhh

      Charles Koch must be dying and figures he’ll be seeing She Zeus soon.

      He’s trying the “jump up at the last second just before the plunging elevator hits the bottom of the shaft” defense of his life’s work.

      • HanBarbara

        He is also shocked, just shocked to find that he has a bad reputation. I also noticed that sadly, they are now contributing to NPR.

        • bupkus23

          Have been for sometime ( or is that PBS? ) – picking and choosing which programs to sponsor, of course

      • Doug Langley

        Ooh, bad news about that . . .

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmloyCC7MOY

  • nightmoth

    “Deadbeat Donald” sounds good to me. Thx for the info. Perhaps my husband can use it down at the fire department where he volunteers. I’m a little down today, because he came home from last night’s meeting and told me they were all voting for Trump. These are all non-college, white, rural working class guys, so they fit the profile of the average T. voter, but still. It looks like at least one of them would have some sense. I guess this election is going to come down to a culture clash, and I’m never too sure about the sense of Mr. Average American voter.

    • bookish

      Sad, because firefighters really are heroes who risk their lives for us daily. And the Donald wouldn’t piss on them if they were in flames.

      • nightmoth

        Indeed. This is a rural volunteer department in a small town, so they don’t have to pass the educational and physical requirements of professional firefighters, but yeah, they’re still heroes. The thing I hate most about the GOP is the way they hoodwink these poor suckers into voting for them.

        • JohnC44

          I realize you are in agreement, but it should be mentioned for emphasis if nothing else. Anyone who runs at danger to help others while everyone else runs to safety is a hero. Volunteers or not, every firefighter deserves the respect befitting of the vital role they play in their communities.

          • nightmoth

            That’s what makes me down about this local situation. These are great guys, and they’re not stupid, but they ARE simple. They don’t have much of an education, they don’t read newspapers, they’re not intellectuals. They only thing they analyze is “Why is the truck not firing on all cylinders” or “Why is the AC unit in the chicken house not cold enough.” They respond to ideas like “Big government is messing with my business” or “Nobody can tell me what to do” or “Thank God, I’m a country boy” in a visceral way. As Bob Dylan wrote a long time ago, they’re pawns in the game. My hubby is able to challenge their assumptions a bit (last night he told them AGAIN that Obama is a Christian) but only because he was their fire chief for 25 years. Anyway, too long to read, I know. I just don’t know how in the hell to win these people away from the party that uses them like kleenex.

          • Debbies are like snowflakes

            I wish there was a way to show guys like this, without being condescending, that Deadbeat Donald cares for himself and only himself.
            He would cheat those guys as soon as look at them.
            What I am terrified of (if DD were to win) is that I believe he would use his office as a way to terrorize everyone who is not him, or who doesn’t kiss his butt.

            I wouldn’t put it past him to make torture and ruination of his “enemies” (ie, everyone Not DD) an official policy.
            And great guys like your firemen friends would not be immune because they are not rich.

          • nick kelly

            This is where the Army steps in. They tried with Hitler (Valkyrie) but alas some well meaning f&ck moved the suitcase.

        • nick kelly

          Do they by any chance make less than 95K after 5 years? That’s the rate in Nanaimo, BC Canada. A not very prosperous town where 35 K is a good job.

      • Look Closer

        Truth! They have more integrity in their little fingers than Donald Trump has in his entire body!

      • bupkus23

        Professional firefighters are one thing, but volunteer firemen run the gamut. Yeah, it’s great that they step up for the community in this way, but that’s no guarantee that they’ll be “heroes” in any other way.

        Of course, I suppose that’s true of many – just not Deadbeat Donald. He couldn’t spell “hero” if you spotted him the “h”, “e”, “r”, and even the “o” – He’d probably come out ( and tweet ) “hoer!!!!”

  • AnOuthouse

    I thought Donald only used the best people.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      “Used” being the key word here.

    • bubbuhh

      They are all dear, dear friends who love him, too. Sad!

  • pstockholm

    How did Trump avoid pissing off someone in or close to the mob, with that history, in construction, in New York?
    Unless … unless …
    I’m not saying he’s a tied in with the mob.
    But he’s tied in with the mob.

    • Look Closer

      He’s tied to the mob. I have no doubt.

    • JohnC44

      Cash money in brown envelopes is an amazing thing, lemme tell ya. Almost as effective as operating a legitimate business, but with the added excitement of possible RICO charges.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      Gambino family, to be specific. Concrete.

    • Playonwords

      How did he get his start? New York property “development” and property “management”, then he moved into New Jersey with the same schtik; then came the NY and NJ Hotels; other hotels in pricey resorts, then the NY based Beauty pageant business, then the casino business in NJ and Las Vegas. organisation could possibly have an interest in such a disparate business – Hmmmmmm

    • aureolaborealis

      Any garbage companies in that empire?

    • IHaveThoughts

      Then they didn’t teach him the first rule of being in the mob, which is you hire the best lawyers in the business and you always pay them in full and on time. It’s like he’s never even watched Goodfellas.

  • diogenez

    Imagine Trump’s FICO score….

    • diogenez

      But then, I can’t imagine loaning him money. I wouldn’t loan him a pair of old socks.

      • pstockholm

        Well I have some “old” socks he can have for free.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      -1050?

    • HanBarbara

      That old saying- if you owe the bank $1,000, it’s your problem. If you owe the bank one million dollars, it’s the banks problem. Besides, these days he mostly sells his name.

      • Look Closer

        After this election, his name will be worth nothing. Absolutely nothing!

        • YoBunnyBunny

          Damn, I hope so. Is it against Commenting Rules for Radicals to wish that his business goes the way of Enron and the only loans he’ll be able to get are from the Pay Day Loan providers located across the street from the Dollar Stores?

          • bupkus23

            Yeah, but – didnb’t Obama just propose to make it harder for those payday lenders to suck people in their debt traps? Deadbeat Donald will have to resort to chasing after crack whores, hoping for leftovers…

          • yyyaz

            Usury laws in nearly all states once limited the gougers to 25-35% APR, which just a few years ago was considered outrageous. Now, with the Koch-suckers owning state leges, 350% is closer to the norm for legal loan sharks. The bill in play cuts that down to closer to 105%, now that one of the opposition to any limits, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, also Chair of the DNC, has backtracked from stopping it altogether because it was hurting her in the polls. Uh, thanks, for 100%+ interest rates? Sure, it’s a brave new world.

          • doktorzoom

            No wish for physical harm, so go for it.

            In fact, I’ll do it for you:

            May Donald Trump’s business go the way of Enron, and may the only loans he can get come from the Pay Day Loan providers located across the street from the Dollar Store.

        • bupkus23

          One has tto wonder who does the “valuation” of such a thing like a “name”? Standard&Poor’s?

          The only thing supporting the “value” of Trump’s name is his big mouth constantly spewing how great he is. If there’s anyone left out there NOW ( let alone after the election ) who values Trump’s name on a property or venture, they’re the problem, not aso much Deadbeat Donald

  • Logic of Color

    You gotta remember though, this is USA Today. We can’t really know if this story can be trusted until we hear Donald’s thoughtful and considered take on their journalistic integrity.

  • Doug Langley

    You know, some small part of me actually wants Trump to be President. I’m just curious how bad a train wreck it could possibly be. It would be far beyond my imagination, a horror that would stand for thousands of years.

    • beingreleased

      Unfortunately we can’t just run that as a simulation. “Oh. So that’s what would happen. Let’s not do that.”

    • doktorzoom

      I’d only be willing to consider that if it happened in an alternate universe we could view from far away. Then again, i wouldn’t even wish Trump on another dimension, since there’d be a version of me there. Maybe even one who exercised and ate better….

      • Doug Langley

        It’s like watching I, Claudius and savoring the craziness of Caligula. As long as it’s not happening to you, it’s just entertainment.

        • Mildred Broxon

          Alas, it is happening to you. And to me. Here and now. This is real life.

      • JH Marx

        70 next month, just began to dabble with eating better.

    • janecita

      Buy yourself a nice, dystopian book. Reading an engrossing fantasy, it’s way safer than experiencing a Donald Trump’s presidency.

      • Doug Langley

        Safer, but not the same. I gave up fiction years ago because writers just don’t have the imagination to match the craziness of real life.

    • Playonwords

      Only if it could be a computer sim …

    • IHaveThoughts

      You know when you play SimCity and you’re like “let’s set fire to the Nuclear Power Substation and we’ll send a flood and let’s see what happens if there’s an earthquake and oh fuck it, let’s set loose Godzilla, that could be fun?” It’d be sort of like that.

      • Doug Langley

        Or like having a craving for Michael Bay films.

    • nick kelly

      When Hitler was starting out folks would attend his speeches for entertainment Like this little Charlie Chaplin guy comes out and at first seems nervous, speaks in a soft hesitant voice and then slowly comes to life, and then goes nuts.
      But he didn’t break every promise: “Berliners- in ten years you won’t recognize your city”

  • goonemeritus

    It’s just this kind of creative business acumen that will allow President Trump to balance our nations budget in his first term. Newport News delivers a new aircraft carrier group, and we tell them sorry we aren’t paying squat.

  • Paul Dietzel

    A few days ago I was talking to an old friend whose parents had run one of several little Italian neighborhood groceries in our town and of course over the years had extended credit. They finally closed in ’89 as bigger shinier supermarkets opened all around the area. The dad had died quite a while back and mom was getting along in years and she decided it was time to just close up and enjoy a well deserved retirement. After a final accounting of the books from 44 years in business it was determined that the bad debt she had accrued was under $2,000. The store was in a less than fashionable neighborhood and over all those years their customer base was the families that depended for employment on the local brickyard and the “sewer pipe” factory. Mostly first and second generation Italians and a smattering of blacks.
    2,000 bucks in 44 years – less than $50 a year.
    Meanwhile a similar family run store “downtown” closed up around the same time, not by choice as my friends family’s had but in a tsunami of red ink. But being downtown and right across the street from the Courthouse they had the “upper crust” customers and hadn’t had to put up with a clientele of “garlic eaters” (Mr. Potter’s term, not mine, so chill) like the little Italian market did.

    • JH Marx

      I grew up on welfare in West Haven, CT. Many days we wouldn’t have eaten if it weren’t for credit from Tom’s Market. Thank you.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    An extensive investigation by USA Today

    Is that like a euphemism for taking a dump when you’re staying at a hotel?

    .

    • JohnC44

      Not at a Trump hotel at least….then it’s more like taking a dump in a dump…kind of recursive and should be avoided.

    • doktorzoom

      It’s the “USA Today Network,” so put together by real reporters Gannett hasn’t fired yet.

  • HanBarbara

    Looking back, Mitt Romney seems like a model of kindness and integrity compared to Deadbeat Donald. That’s scary.

    • beingreleased

      Remember that time Romney offered his half-drunk hot chocolate to the barrista? You think Trump would be that considerate?

    • Walter Wellstone

      “Deadbeat Donald” … that’s the ticket!

      • HanBarbara

        Can’t take credit- think the author used it, or someone else in the comments section

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Haha – I’ve said many times he’d be like a king compared with this cycle’s crop of delusional and mentally deficient republican candidates.

      And then I see him speak.

    • cynmac

      Actually, no it’s not. All the GOP has left are sociopaths as evidenced by the Clown Car 2016.

  • I’d expect better from a narcissistic slumlord.

  • Doug White

    Well now we know who Trumps Running mate will be! Zombie Leona Helmsley!!!!!

    • nick kelly

      He needs a woman to balance the ticket- well to really balance it- a black Spanish speaking, Nobel prize laureate in particle physics.
      Or Sarah Palin. With one hell of a foreign policy team as back up.

  • edith prickly

    Liz Warren smackdown commencing in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

  • jjdaddyo

    Trump was famous for this even 30 years ago in NYC. I worked in the architectural photography business and knew multiple photographers who had done work for the Trump organization and had been stiffed out of at least part of their fee. In the stories I heard, Trump never claimed their work was not up to standard (they used the pictures), they were just told essentially, hey, we’re going to pay you half your fee, because we can. What are you going to do, sue us for a few thousand dollars?

  • Walter Wellstone

    The onion is starting to get peeled and the deeper it goes the more it stinks.

  • edith prickly

    What a flaming asshole. That’s all I’ve got. Nice candidate you got there, Republican Party.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      He’s the avatar of the GOP philosophy. A perfect example of what Rethuglicanism is all about in the 21st Century.

      That high pitched whirring sound you’re hearing? Lincoln revolving at near relativistic speed in his grave.

    • sadboy

      They had sixteen candidates to pick from, and they picked the worst one. Because he was the only white man in the race who had no experience or qualifications for the job. They are literally the Know Nothings of the 21st century.

      • nick kelly

        But he’s not a bible thumper. Next time GOP, run some normal folks

  • Look Closer

    BTW…. I love this picture.

    • edith prickly

      I read the caption as “What, me work?” at first.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      I like how they made the hands appear almost normal size.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    It’s only June. The few remaining journalists in the MSM are just getting warmed up!

  • an eye for a jedi

    default donald

  • janecita

    If the press had done its job from the beginning, Trump wouldn’t be where he is right now. Instead of investigating him, the media spent months giving him a virtual blow job, and now we are stuck with this asshole and his plastic, annoying as fuck family, for the foreseeable future.

    • cynmac

      The stories have been out there, but the Trumpanzees heard the dog whistles. Still do. It’s only now with #nevertrump within the GOP that they are countering.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      He’s good for their bottom line. Enough people want to enjoy the spectacle of Drumpf, either out of support for him, or in hopes that he’ll pull some stunt that will destroy him, so that having Drumpf on the teevee is good for ratings, hence their revenue.

      So they haven’t done anything to endanger that revenue stream.

    • Last Hussar

      But then Hillary would be facing someone competent.

    • AngryKatie

      That Trump uses this tactic has been known for a long time. I read something in The Atlantic on it years ago. So at least some of the media has been on it. I think the bigger question is why didn’t ANY of his opponents jump on it?

      I mean if I, armed with nothing but google and free time, can find dozens of stories on Trump’s unsavory business practices and the myriad lawsuits against him, what the hell was Jeb Bush’s team doing? I mean ostensibly he, of all of them, should have had competent opposition research.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Do you think it would have mattered to the Trumpanzees who voted in the primaries?
        Only now, with the general electorate is in play – for whom it actually matters that he’s a fuckwad – do we get the relevant stories.

    • sadboy

      Yes, thank you very much, Les Moonves. Glad we could help you sell more advertising for a candidate who poses an existential threat to American democracy. Prick.

    • I Only Like Cats

      But what does Hillary get? The media equivalent of domestic violence. Seriously though I can’t believe she can play nice with any of these guys seeing as they said she was a criminal and didn’t investigate an actual criminal.

  • Msgr_Moment

    By way of Charlie Pierce, over at Esquire:
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/06/08/phillie-phanatic-donald-trump-president/

    Public Policy Polling, a liberal-leaning polling firm that was judged the most accurate in 2012, recently polled Pennsylvania voters. And PPP found that citizens of the Keystone State find the Phillie Phanatic to be more qualified to be president than Donald Trump.

    • cynmac

      I saw that too when I was searching for the parade/rally permits applied for and issued for Philly during the DNC convention.

    • Aquaria

      I’m not even a Phillies fan and I love the Phanatic.

      Unlike the Donald, he’s more eager to give people freebies than to stiff them:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DIEXyBcpUY

    • Aquaria

      I think I’d rather see the Phanatic naked as well:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4lHd8s-KPE

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      yay Philly!

  • AlasAnAss

    Last time ’round they had a candidate whose day job involved fucking over workers *legally*. This schmuck can’t even be bothered to play by the rules that rig the capitalism game in his favor.

  • Oneofthebobs

    Scrooge McDonald?

  • beavertank

    My very favorite part of the entire article has to be – “In courtroom testimony, the manager of the general contractor for the Doral renovation admitted that a decision was made not to pay The Paint Spot because Trump “already paid enough.” As the construction manager spoke, “Trump’s trial attorneys visibly winced, began breathing heavily, and attempted to make eye contact” with the witness, the judge noted in his ruling.”

    …sure hope that lawyer got his money up front.

    • Last Hussar

      May, he obviously didn’t do a very good job, letting witnesses tell the truth like that

  • Playonwords

    Remember the hashtag #weakDonald

  • RobKanC

    isnt this part of his appeal? He will make America great again by paying China only 75% of the money’s on the debt the country owes. Sure the economy will go to shit, but at least America will win.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “But remember, ordinary folks, take care of your credit ,rating! It affects your ability to borrow, but also what apartments you can get and what jobs you get. Your “reputation” is very important.”

    Fuck you, banking industry.

    • Buzz1313

      Huh.. Maybe the system IS rigged.

    • handyhippie65

      but that’s how i avoid identity theft. if someone stole mine, they would probably pay me to take it back.

  • Relativicus

    None of this is actually unique to Trump, but endemic among people with money. After all, one main way wealthy people stay wealthy is by spending as little of their own money as possible. And while these practices are particularly common among property developers, they are employed even by wealthy people who have work done on one or several of their homes and, of course, other industries as well. I’ve heard “I’m not paying more because I’ve already paid enough for the work” dozens of times if I’ve heard it once.

    As far as deadlines, here’s a neat trick that will surprise you (!) from the Pyramid Company, a builder of shopping malls (and other stuff, probably). They’ll offer contracts with real tight deadlines that are practically impossible to meet. And when the deadlines are not met, Pyramid declares the contract has been violated and refuses to pay. I am certain Trump practices that technique, too.

    What we’ll see from Trump defenders is probably a two-pronged defense. The first prong is probably simply parroting that all those folks did shoddy work, with no hint of irony regarding Trump’s boast that he only hires the best people. The second would be that his ability to get people to take 70-cents on the dollar is evidence of his negotiation skills. People making that argument will never see that a) negotiations occur before contracts are signed, and b) all Trump does is saying “take what I give you or spend four times what you’re owed in court.”

  • natoslug

    I prefer the nickname “NeverGonnaBePrezYouWorthlessWhiskeyDickDonald.” Unfortunately, it’s a bit long to also be a twitter hashtag.

  • Jennifer R

    I think Deadbeat Donny feels better.

    • Beaumarchais?

      Yes, and the infantilization will gnaw at him, with all his mommy issues.

  • sadboy

    Joshua Green had a piece in the Atlantic in 2011 quoting a Deutsche Bank employee saying that “it’s pretty well known in financial circles that this guy is a deadbeat”.

    This is Deutsche Bank, folks. As they said on the Simpsons, “ve Germans are not all flowers und sunshine”.

  • chascates

    Sounds like the entire family could be charged under the RICO act.

  • MizzMazz

    This behavior is not new. My ex is a general contractor now, but when he was just a hired guy to do the work, he often ran into this. You work your ass off, build what the richies want you to, and they don’t pay their bills. I’ve heard the shit like, “we’ve paid enough” before, from a rich-ass developer in my area, who used undocumented workers for just that reason. Also, they have enough money to grind down people who can’t afford decent lawyers, and in the end they win.

    Fucking over the little guy is nothing new with these people.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      It’s how they got rich. I’d have a lot more money in the bank too, if I didn’t spend so much of it paying what I owe for stuff.

    • handyhippie65

      that’s why i demand partial payment in advance. if you don’t like it, find someone else.

  • Run2Live

    Deadbeat Donald. Great nickname.
    More at: #TrumpSecretServiceNames

    • hendenburg2

      His Secret Service nickname should be Goatse

      (warning to unaware passersby: DON’T LOOK IT UP!)

      • Gleem-McShinez

        Hole-y schnikeys!

      • berkeleyfarm

        Not safe for work and not safe for life

      • obamafone

        Carrot Top!

  • obamafone

    Donald Trump sees being President as cover for his very many legal troubles. Not just this non-payment stuff but also the Trump U scheme. When he becomes President he’ll be able to decree his legal troubles away. He thinks. This must be his principal motivator because he doesn’t see the work of the Presidency as inherently worth doing as outlined in this story from Slate which I think is crucial in understanding Trump and which I don’t think has gotten nearly the coverage that it should have:

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/05/26/trump_adviser_says_trump_s_vp_will_handle_the_day_to_day_job.html

    • Villago Delenda Est

      He is mistaken about a great many things, and he’s not going to be able to issue fiats to absolve him of his many legal errors in the past.

    • harryr

      Interesting. Thanks for that

    • Markuserektus

      Plus the large amount of debt he has with Deutsche Bank.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      ‘Donald Trump sees being President as cover for his very many legal troubles.’

      Oh wow man! Silvio Berlusconi flashbacks!

    • revenant

      just like W, just like Reagan; in it for the perks and the power, and leave the actual work to somebody who likes that sort of thing.

  • julienne58

    You don’t stiff waiters and bartenders, period. You don’t stiff plumbers who have to deal with literal shit. You don’t stiff small contractors who actually sweat and wear themselves out physically to do stuff you would and could never do. I’ve seen people ruined financially by one unpaid job. These kinds of people are my clients, and I’m too enraged to talk. I’m gonna rifle through the break room for some whiskey.

  • dansezlajavanaise

    here’s hoping he screwed over enough older, white males to cheat himself out of a suitable portion of the electorate. way to shoot yourself in the foot, deadbeat donnie!

    • Grizz1y

      He will probably claim to his base that they were all lazy “Mexicans” from Cuba who didn’t deserve to get paid like “real ‘muricans.”

  • Buzz1313

    How is it he’s gotten this far without somebody kicking his ass?

    • Grizz1y

      I’m thinking one bill he pays on time and in full is the one for his bodyguards.

  • Kooolest G

    there must be a manual that they hand out at country clubs and prep schools for this shit. I had exactly the same experience when I worked for a trust fund kid. he stiffed me for about 70K and basically said I could sue him but it would cost me at least that much to get the money because there was a clause in the original contract that said if there was a lawsuit each party has to pay their own court costs. fuck rich people

    • berkeleyfarm

      Yep, easy to keep your money when you’re not, you know, actually paying for stuff.

      My former church had a run-in with a tenant who was one of the wealthier businessmen in town. He sort of neglected to pay rent and told us to go stuff ourselves when we tried collecting it. Fortunately for us we had known of his little tendency to litigate and had our very competent attorney draw up an excellent contract. He ended up paying a lot more than the back rent but I’m quite sure that he was banking on the “you can’t afford to get me”.

    • Debbies are like snowflakes

      My parents are not religious people, but they would say that not paying someone for their work is a sin. Guess i should be grateful I was raised by the not-rich!

  • IHaveThoughts

    If a company or worker he hires isn’t paid fully, the Trumps said, it’s because The Trump Organization was unhappy with the work.
    “Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely,” Trump said. “That’s what the country should be doing.”

    That’s not how this works! That’s not how any of this works! Unless it was pre-written into the contract that you could deduct from the contract YOU ARE WRONG. Not to mention that if you are unhappy with the product you decline delivery or otherwise provide notice that you are dissatisfied. Jesus Christ, is this really where we’re at? I hope this guy chokes. On votes. For Hillary Clinton.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    So okay, how long after Trump gets elected will we go before we default on our debt because he refuses to submit a budget saying “we’ve already paid enough”?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Good enough reason to abolish Social Security, right? Retirees have been paid enough and besides they did substandard work. (The GOP Establishment boys would actually like that one.)

    • handyhippie65

      well, since he already said he would, i’d say not long.

  • Gleem-McShinez

    Schlonger In Chief!

  • Operation American Jesus®

    So he is a True Conservative.

  • RoyalUglyDude

    But the whole point of bankruptcy is that Donald doesn’t need to pay these sad losers. It’s pathetic, really. Pathetic.

    • Iam Reading

      Yes. He steals services from those who can least afford the theft, let alone pay the cost of fighting for earned recompense via the courts.

  • major_asshole

    Wait. He (or his company) signs a contract that they would pay X amount of money for some company to come in and do work–but then after the work is done, they claim the work isn’t what they asked for, so they can deduct from the contractually-obligated amount?

    JUDGE JUDY DOES NOT COTTON TO THIS HORSESHIT, and she said so on an episode I watched the other day. So obviously if the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States thinks such an argument is so much crap, then it must be wrong.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      “Chief Justice or GTFO”
      xo,
      Judy

  • Taylor Smith

    I’m pretty sure violating the Fair Labor Standards Act makes you a stronger GOP pick.

  • JustDon’tSayDittos

    Bob Dole endorses Trump, because Bob Dole can’t vote for George Washington (like Bob Dole could for his first election), and who the hell else can Bob Dole vote for?

    -Bob Dole

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    At least he’s consistent – if the lawyers do crappy work (i.e., lose the case), Trump doesn’t pay them either. The guys representing Trump in Judge Curiel’s court must be getting nervous.

    • psychobroad

      Losing a case doesn’t always mean the lawyer did crappy work. Sometimes they have crappy facts to work with.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Half of all lawyers in court are in the process of losing a case. But we’re talking Drumpf here, who only likes winners, and who only ever wins.

        • Delu

          Except when he doesn’t

  • Iam Reading

    Forcing people to work for no pay. Where have I heard of this concept before, it had a name….

  • WomanComingHome

    This may have been mentioned earlier, but I really hope that Hillary and her team find these folks and blanket the damn airwaves with their stories. The sad losers who think that the Donald is a genius might actually realize that they are just like the people who were conned, screwed, and left broke.

    • nick kelly

      Hillary and team have got a problem: there is too much ammo laying around. You’ve got Trump U- you’ve got AG Pam Bondi getting 25K and dropping probe into TU, (I think this could leave them both TU) you’ve got attacks on the judges,
      you’ve got his words ( ‘I contribute and they kiss my ass’) you’ve got his sleazy life style. (He’s a kiss and tell/ share with the boys) You’ve got this stuff…

      And so far the MSM hasn’t discovered the book ‘Trumped’ by former casino right- hand man John O’Donnell. Juicy!

  • Khavrinen

    Moral of the story: If any business run by Donald Trump offers to hire you to do anything whatsoever — RUN!

  • handyhippie65

    racist deadbeat donald sounds more accurate. i’ll use that one from now on.

  • Gregory Brown

    True newspaper joke, back when I worked for a real newspaper, hundreds if not thousands of which actually existed: “Did you hear? USA Today won the Pulitzer for “Best Investigative Paragraph!”

    • Lamashtar

      Yeah, I saw that story and couldn’t keep from thinking, “USA Today? Really? USA Today?!”

      • Weird Fishes

        Blind squirrels, acorns, etc.

  • The narcissist strikes again. Didn’t pay someone $700,000 in commissions on a whim. Just decided to stop paying. I guess we now know how Donald it’s Donald Trump for fuck’s sake Trump plans on balancing the budget.

  • nick kelly

    BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump is reportedly so angered by the Republican Establishment’s opposition that he says after victory he will rename the party. The new name: The National American Worker’s Party

  • hvdv

    So much barf.

  • Anita Ledford

    I bet wherever they go waitstaff and chefs put a little extra into every drink and bite that goes in their mouth!

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