This Speaks Volumes About Trump

A friend sent me a link to this article. I don’t recall hearing about this at the time, though I may have seen it and forgotten. In 2009, Donald Trump sued a writer for $5 billion dollars for quoting people saying that his actual net worth was more in the range of $250 million, not billions.

The real estate mogul has launched a lawsuit against Timothy L. O’Brien who questioned Trump’s net worth in article in 2005.

Trump claims his reputation and brand were damaged and that he missed out on business opportunities because of the story…

In a December 2007 deposition in the case, Trump says his true net worth is harder to calculate because it includes the value of the Trump brand.

“My net worth fluctuates and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings,” he said. “Even my own feelings.”

In the same deposition, Trump acknowledged that he sometimes exaggerates – including when he said, after the book’s publication, that his business was doing as well as ever.

“You wouldn’t tell a reporter you’re doing poorly,” he explained. “If I’m doing poorly, I’d rather not comment.”

So he admits that it’s impossible to calculate his actual net worth and that he sometimes lies about it, but suggesting that it might be lower than he claims is defamation. The case was dismissed, by the way, and Trump appealed but the appeals court upheld the dismissal.

This really does speak volumes about Trump, doesn’t it? His giant ego, his thin-skinned nature, his bullying tactics, his desperate need to stay in the news. All the same traits we’re seeing now as he runs for president.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    His giant ego, his thin-skinned nature, his bullying tactics, his desperate need to stay in the news.

    Exactly. Who better to represent America?

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    Yabbut that’s what his fans like about him. His ego cannot be contained by the observable universe, and lots of people actually admire that.

  • cptdoom

    There was a time when it was considered tacky and classless to discuss one’s wealth, particularly in the media, where those of a certain class believed your name should appear on only three occasions – birth, marriage and death. Now we have this self-described “mogul” crowing incessantly about how much filthy lucre he’s managed to acquire. Makes one wonder for what other shortcomings Mr. Trump is compensating.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    Hmm. He does like to put his name on massive towers. You may have a point.

  • Abby Normal

    I Just don’t understand how anyone could be taken in by this half-witted blowhard. Why doesn’t every room he enter erupt in laughter at the sight of him? How does he hold the respect of anyone, much less enough people to be a contender for President of the United States? I keep wanting to look around for hidden cameras in hopes I’m being punked. I just don’t get it.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Abby Normal “I Just don’t understand how anyone could be taken in by this half-witted blowhard.”

    In the land of the no-witted blowhards, the half-witted blowhard is king.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Here’s another article that says a good bit about Trump too:

    http://www.salon.com/2015/07/28/%e2%80%9cwhat_i%e2%80%99m_going_to_do_to_you_is_going_to_be_fking_disgusting_this_could_be_how_donald_trump_ends/

    Short answer: Trump was credibly accused of beating and raping his wife Ivana, and his lawyer is now making rapey-sounding threats of violence against people who dare to talk about it.

  • timmmmm

    He’s not a billionaire, he just plays one on television. Real billionaires don’t have time to be on reality TV, they are out managing their empires.

  • colnago80

    Re Raging Bee @ #7

    And his former wife, Ivana Trump is denying the story.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trumps-wife-ivana-disavows-rape-allegation/story?id=32732204

  • D. C. Sessions

    This really does speak volumes about Trump, doesn’t it? His giant ego, his thin-skinned nature, his bullying tactics, his desperate need to stay in the news.

    In other words, he’s the perfect Republican candidate.

  • blf

    Whether or not Teh Trumprat raped his then-wife, his now-“lawyer” is clearly incompetent, not only issuing threats but also very explicitly mis-stating the law. Donald Trump’s lawyer threatens reporter over ex-wife’s allegations: ‘You cannot rape your spouse’:

    A lawyer and spokesman for current Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump issued a series of vulgar threats to a reporter on Monday, while falsely claiming that it was legal for a husband to rape his wife in New York.

    Michael Cohen, special counsel for the Trump Organization, threatened Canadian-American reporter Tim Mak of the Daily Beast with untold legal consequences in response to an article that resurfaced allegations that Trump had raped his then-wife Ivana.

    “I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen told the website. “So I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?”

    The attorney then went on to issue direct threats regarding the resurfaced assertions: “You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape’, and I’m going to mess your life up … for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet.”

    “[Y]ou’re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it,” Cohen told the Daily Beast.

    But the lawyer’s most specious claim in the vociferous interview arrived in a false assertion about the law: “You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse,” he said.

    “It is true,” Cohen told the Daily Beast. “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”

    Marital rape was made illegal in all US states in 1993. It was made illegal in New York state in 1984, five years before the alleged incident. Donald and Ivana Trump settled their divorce in 1992.

  • Numenaster

    When the facts are not on your side, pound the table. Mr. Cohen has done his homework on this point, if none other.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “My net worth fluctuates and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings,” he said. “Even my own feelings.”

    His net worth goes up and down according to his feelings? I don’t think he understands what net worth actually means. It’s not a synonym for self-esteem.

    Even assuming he knows what the term means, claiming that his net worth is impossible to calculate is bullshit. We know the net worths of people much richer than he is. All of the major assets he owns would be a matter of public record and their values fairly easy to estimate. Someone just has to do the legwork of adding it all up. That someone would be him, or at least his accountants, if he paid any attention to his finances.

  • Numenaster

    Supposedly someone has done that in putting together the financial disclosure that Fox was hoping would keep him out of the debates. I can only assume that news organizations are watching for its release with sharpened pencils at the ready.

  • johnhodges

    #2 Cervantes said “His [Trump’s] ego cannot be contained by the observable Universe”. I am reminded of the Total Perspective Vortex in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. When most people are fed into the Vortex, their egos are destroyed when they see themselves as an invisible dot in the Cosmos, but the ego of Zaphod Beeblebrox emerged unscathed.