Donald Trump suspended his efforts to Make America Great Again in the midst of the worst month of his presidential campaign (and perhaps any presidential campaign in history) so that he could fly to Scotland to complain about wind turbines being built too close to his golf course. It’s hard to fathom the stupidity it takes to do this. At a time when his campaign is broke, reviled and dysfunctional, Trump is focusing on one of his money-making ventures. Sort of like the pilot leaving the cockpit during a tailspin in order to rummage around for a packet of peanuts.
Even the New York Times, which typically tries to maintain a decorum of distant objectivity, sounded positively baffled by this stunt:
His campaign is desperately short of cash. He has struggled to hire staff. Influential Republicans are demanding that he demonstrate he can run a serious general election campaign.
But, for reasons that emphasize just how unusual a candidate he is, Donald J. Trump is leaving the campaign trail on Thursday to travel to Scotland to promote a golf course his company purchased on the country’s southwestern coast.
President Obama is probably chuckling to himself. Republicans often like to take cheap shots over Obama’s vacation time at the golf course, now their nominee is literally working at one instead of being on the campaign trail.
Hilariously, when it comes to Trump, it seems his campaign staff thinks the best strategy is to get him away from the country – where every day he can’t help himself and manages to do more harm to his credibility. There is a growing sense in the Republican Party that the only way Trump can actually have a shot of winning is if he were to be chained and gagged in a basement somewhere with no cell phone service until November. Tweeting pictures of taco bowls…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
Or congratulating himself after a mass shooting…
Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
Or bragging about being the “king of debt…
I am "the king of debt."That has been great for me as a businessman, but is bad for the country. I made a fortune off of debt, will fix U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
None of that is helping.
To be clear, Trump’s reasons for being in Scotland have absolutely nothing to do with his campaign. He’s just upset because the property he owns is failing badly. As the Chicago Tribune dryly noted…
…to many people in Scotland, his course here has been a failure. Over the past decade, Trump has battled with homeowners, elbowed his way through the planning process, shattered relationships with elected leaders and sued the Scottish government. On top of that, he has yet to fulfill the lofty promises he made.
Trump has also reported to Scottish authorities that he lost millions of dollars on the project – even as he claims on U.S. presidential disclosure forms that the course has been highly profitable.
Trump’s current issue with his Scottish golf course is that the country recently approved an off-shore wind farm that he thinks ruins the view from his golf course. For that reason, he’s shutting down his run for President of the United States in order to go complain about it. Scotland doesn’t seem to be happy about their upcoming visitor. In one telling anecdote, a resident near his golf course raised a Mexican flag in protest.
Scotland knows what Americans are starting to figure out: Trump is a snake oil salesman whose only real skill is fraud.
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