Donald Trump, the working man’s worst nightmare

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“Maybe he didn’t do a good job,” says Donald Trump, trying to explain why he stiffed the architect of his clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, N.Y.

Brian J. Walsh is a veteran Republican communications and campaign consultant in Washington. Over the past 20 years, he has worked as a high-ranking staff person for Republican members of both the House and Senate, and also served as communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, devoted to electing and re-electing Republicans to the Senate. In other words, his partisan loyalties are well-established.

But while watching Monday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, in particular an exchange about Trump’s practice of stiffing those who do work for him, Walsh felt compelled to make a confession:

That’s just one of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of such stories, of course, some of which end with Trump’s victims being driven into financial ruin. During the debate, Clinton mentioned the specific case of Andrew Tesoro, the architect who designed the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, N.Y.

According to Tesoro, he was owed $140,000 for his work, but Trump refused to pay. Like Walsh’s father, Tesoro was told by Trump attorneys that yes, he could take the case to court, and yes, he would probably even win. But they threatened to drag the case out for so long and force him to rack up so much in legal fees that he would end up losing by winning.

They instead offered him $50,000, which Tesoro reluctantly accepted.

However, when Tesoro sent Trump a revised bill for the agreed-upon $50,000, Trump again refused to pay.

“I met with Mr. Trump,” Tesoro told Forbes. “He said, you’re a nice guy, you’re a good architect, I’ll give you half of that $50,000. I walked away with $25,000.” The loss sent Tesoro’s business into a tailspin, forcing him to dip into savings set aside for his son’s college education in order to keep his five-employee firm alive.

Confronted by that history during the debate, Trump tried to wave it away. “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work,” he grumped.

Maybe. But in a letter written at the time of the work, Trump praised Tesoro as an architect “with great spirit and imagination” who “had done a fine job for me.” As Tesoro also notes, everybody else on that project — “the carpenters, the tile guy, the landscape consultant, the mechanical engineering consultant, other vendors and tradespeople”– got bullied the same way.

UPDATE: Here’s a dismaying compilation of case after case in which Trump refused to pay what he had agreed to pay, then dared his victim to go to court: http://correctrecord.org/fact-check-phil-ruffin-lies-about-trumps-record-paying-his-bills/

In a sane world, it would not be conceivable for a man like Trump to proclaim himself the champion of the working class and small business owner, the very people whom he has bullied and treated as dirt throughout his career. Voters would look at that claim, and look at his personal and business history, and laugh him out of the room.

Of course, in that sane world it also would not be possible for a billionaire presidential candidate to boast about paying zero in federal income taxes, saying “That makes me smart,” as if paying taxes were something only stupid people did.

A politician who has repeatedly said that the problem with American workers is that they make too much money would, in a sane world, be rejected by anybody who collects a weekly paycheck. Someone who rails against businesses that move jobs to China, but who himself manufactures his ties and other products in China, would be dismissed as a fraud. And someone who reaps good publicity from dozens of public charitable pledges that he never had any intention of carrying out would be shamed out of any further role in public life.

But as you know, we no longer live in such a world.

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Donna Da Fish
Donna Da Fish

Trump has won..thats great!..Go Trump and Pence!

Rudy Lewis
Rudy Lewis

AJC LIES FOR HILLARY CLINTON, THEY JUST MIGHT BE PAID OUT OF THE CLINTON FOUNDATION.

Victoria Spirit
Victoria Spirit

Yeah like that even compares to abortion or leaving Americans in Benghazi to die by refusing to send help. Then making up a big lie about some film. She also lied right to the faces of the victims. Families. What about all the billions of dollars donated to the Clinton foundation from countries that not only hate us but treat women worse than animals. These countries harbor isis and other radical terrors groups. And you want to talk about trump. You are a worthless liberal news media.

Beverly Johnson
Beverly Johnson

Yeah you just know the truth isn't told by this man..a Clinton parasite you can bet.

Linda Lyon
Linda Lyon

Al. No matter how many crimes hillary commits against the people of this country and no matter how many crimes she commits against this country and no matter how much of this country she sells for her own enrichment the ignorant bigots keep voting for her.

Robyn Fuquea White
Robyn Fuquea White

I call BS on this one! The media is so dishonest! AJC this is crap!

Tommie Prince
Tommie Prince

But the greatest president ever!!!! Trump 2016!! Yes sir!!

Wanda Williams
Wanda Williams

You don't do the job right, you don't get paid. Tell the whole truth.

Sam Hunter
Sam Hunter

It would cost more to sue. What a hell of a thing to say to someone who just did a service for you!!

Ann Vinson
Ann Vinson

Ever occur to you maybe your dad's workmanship was not up to par? People who work for me know you don't do the job right you don't get paid

Dean Hopkins
Dean Hopkins

I am sure the job was bonded your dad could have gone to the bonding company for the money if he had it coming

Donna Da Fish
Donna Da Fish

Trump is a smart man..get over it...he will be President...Amen..thank you God!

Donna Da Fish
Donna Da Fish

Hey you idiot..do you pay someone who messes up your house?..bet you cant answer that one honestly!....

Mike Williams
Mike Williams

Bad opinion, based on inaccurate info. Trump 2016ce. Hilliary 4gitmo 4ever!

Gene Sink
Gene Sink

Not enough information. Probably Clinton BS. If you do not complete a job, you do not get full pay.

Jack Norton
Jack Norton

The job was not finished, was not done correctly, and his company was paid for all the wasted materials. The contract was pulled by Trump because they were not doing what they were hired to do. Period.

Jack Norton
Jack Norton

That was from Trump himself and was fact checked by Fox News

Diane Carter
Diane Carter

Jack, were in heading up that project? Do you have more insight that you can share?

Robert Lee Overstreet
Robert Lee Overstreet

Novone wants to hear the truth. They want to lie about Trump. Sorry workmanship.

Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes
Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes

Some of you refuse to belive this man is a liar, a racist, and a BAD business man who's MILLIONS in debt . He's been married 3 times, has children by 3 different women smh, and if he wasn't rich and White you'd be calling him a statistic. PLEASE.

Jack Norton
Jack Norton

Evidently you have not done your due diligence Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes. He is the complete opposite of what you are accusing him of. And, the number of times that a person gets married is quite irrelevant.

Linda Lyon
Linda Lyon

Carolyn. Did you ever hear of the women harassed by Bill and then by hillary? But whoooaaaa being married 3 times is worse? You're showing your liberal ignorance.

Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes
Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes

Linda Lyon have you ever heard of all the women and men Trump has screwed over? ALL the people he's put out of work in Atlantic City and all his other failed businesses? He's had affairs with his 2nd and 3rd wives while he was married, JUST because he married them doesn't make it any less WRONG. Plus the man is a racist, lies whenever his mouth is open and doesn't care about this country or ignorant people like you who THINK he's going to save you from whatever you're afraid of be it Black people , Mexicans taking your minimum wage Walmart job, or ALL Muslins being terrorists . He couldn't save himself from claiming bankruptcy to get out of 900 million dollars worth of debt. You sound as stupid as he is IF you think he's the answer to your problems.

Diane Carter
Diane Carter

First, I’m not a fan of Hillary’s. Secondly, I cannot stand Trump! If he’s talking, he’s lying. He reminds me of an old dirty car salesman. You’ve heard of the 80/20 rule? Yes, well, 80% of everything coming out of his mouth is a lie. The other 20% is questionable. He has stiffed so many vendors, he’s like the little boy that called wolf, maybe this time the vendor is wrong. We’ll never know for sure because Trump has called wolf far took many times. And with the revelation of his taxes … well, he’s the rubbish we all thought he was. In the recent past, 2011, he had the never to talk about how so many Americans were not paying taxes or not paying their share. Now we find that for almost two [2] decades he may have paid zero!!! A billionaire [he claims] paying ZERO!? Really?! And their are people who actually want that as our next President. God please save us from ourselves.

Jack Norton
Jack Norton

Trump followed every rule of law on his taxes. Any major Corp is doing the same thing. It is common practice to "run in the red" even for government agencies. So your point is mute. His personal life with his wives is his business. Funny that all you have are vague accusations and bull crap.

Robert Lee Overstreet
Robert Lee Overstreet

Really show how in titled people are when they can call lieing and bankruptcy are cheating . Is as bad as allowing Americans to be killed are selling play as you pay and she destroys the whitw house qhen her and her family has to move out steals hundreds of thousands of paintings and other historic items. They are forced to pay 200 thousand in damages. WOW her husband has multiple claims of rape and affairs. BUT LET US FOCUS. on trumps affairs. People that stand up for the clintons truly must live with their morals.

Linda Lyon
Linda Lyon

Carolyn. I never cease to be stunned at the ignorance of liberals. Hillary caused 4 deaths in benghazi And used her own personal server after signing an,acknowledgment saying she understood the importance of classified information AND she deleted 33,000 emails that belonged to we the people after she had been subpoenaed because they were classified and not on a secured server putting this country in danger because foreign countries can and probably have hacked them. AND she gave 20% of our uranium to Russia for millions given to her and bill. She took millions from Saudi Arabia for access to the state department. She became a multimillionaire by working for the government? There have been 49 deaths in her wake since arkansas. This is only recent crimes she has committed. There isn't room enough for me to go back farther but if you're interested in finding anything out on your own instead of acting like a parrot and repeating what Hillary tells you to you can Google Hillary's crimes since Arkansas. Trump has had nothing in his past to happen that would make him a racist. It all came from Hillary's lies. Again think for yourself if you can. Bill has harassed and raped women. Then hillary had their homes broken into and threatened them and their families and pets. Miss Arkansas from when Bill was governor is writing a book about his sexual harrassment and her house has already been broken into and she has been threatened. Now tell me how awful Trump is for making his own money and having been married 3 times. At least he didn't become a millionaire off the backs of taxpayers but I can tell by the foolish things you say that you know nothing g about running a business. There isn't a person alive who hasn't had some failures on the way to success..

Glenda Hammond Lohmann
Glenda Hammond Lohmann

Happens an awful lot to people Trump hires to do work for him. Interestingly, in some cases he had actually written glowing letters of recommendation after the work was finished, but still refused to pay. Literally hundreds of people have the same problem of being scammed and not paid by Trump. Don't tell us that NONE OF THEM did their jobs well! That's incredibly untrue, naive, and an insult to the people who trusted him. If he stiffed you, sir, you'd be whistling a different tune. But, alas, your another Trumpette who believes anything dribbling out of that crook's nasty mouth.

Jack Norton
Jack Norton

Funny that there is only one (1) that has been reported on. Seems to me that the liberal media would have backhoes out trying to dig up more. Guess that they came up empty handed... Again!

Linda Lyon
Linda Lyon

Glenda. You really like to repeat rumors don't you? No proof of any of that except that lying hillary who doesn't know how to tell the truth said it. Get a clue.

Linda Lyon
Linda Lyon

Diane. Boy are you delusional!! There is no bigger liar than hillary Clinton and the FBI proved it. Next to her is her husband.

Kim Hatton
Kim Hatton

1980's, really? This is 2016. Dig up some dirt on Hillary. It won't be hard to find.

Sue Novak
Sue Novak

I think it's sadly telling about our country that so many people are supporting, as the potential leader of our country, someone who has regularly exhibited this type of unethical and reprehensible behavior. Are they hoping to similarly "stick it to the rest of the world," rather than do the hard work of trying to earn the respect, support, and cooperation of our allies?

Carolyn Bovard
Carolyn Bovard

I am with trump all the way. They keep coming up with these way things and nothing to support it . You are on the internet fact check.

Linda Lyon
Linda Lyon

Sue. You are speaking of hillary? She's the only criminal who has become a multimillionaire off the taxpayers.

Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes
Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes

Exactly. I never knew there was so many uneducated, ignorant racists until this fool decided to run for president. One thing for sure a bunch of people are going to be shocked. This isn't 1960, and we aren't going for that nonviolent approach this time. Trump is going to start a fight a bunch of unsuspecting people are going to have to fight, while he hides and lies smh.

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

more trump hate and bias from the paper who claims to be non biased..what a desperate joke you are

Al Effendi
Al Effendi

No matter how many crimes this clown commits, no matter how many actual working people he screws over, there are enough ignorant bigots in this country to keep him polling double digits.

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

LOL LOL crimes he commits? and killary is innocent? Typical hypocrite

Carolyn Bovard
Carolyn Bovard

I am one of the ignorant bigots. At least I can count on him not to make us a Muslim socialist country. Can you say the same for the one that got on TV and told Christians they needed to change their values . Good luck . Thank god for trump.

Al Effendi
Al Effendi

Ryan Mclean and no matter how many times she is cleared, those folks won't accept it. If the kind of people who say "killary" actually cared anything about this country, they would have spoken up about WMD lies that cost hundreds of thousands of lives, the many embassy deaths under previous administrations, GWB's millions of deleted emails, and so on. Even if she had NOT been cleared of wrongdoing in the many issues that Trump voters refuse to accept, that would still not clear him of his transgressions. "Yeah, well, your candidate did bad stuff, too," doesn't work in second grade, and it sure doesn't work when we're voting age.

Elizabeth McDade
Elizabeth McDade

Al Effendi. Once again Trump has followed the Law and now he is persecuted for during the right thing. Had Trump not paying satisfied the IRS, they would have no problem of putting him in jail. He took a lost from his businesses, what is he suppose to do, eat it? Hillary Clinton emails put our country at security risk, otherwise, she wouldn't have destroyed them. Nothing she touch will prosper. IN HELL WILL SHE LIFT HER EYES and anyone that condones her wrongdoings will follow her to hell. So get a job, get a life, go home and shut the hell up.

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