When I was asked how I felt about Donald Trump being President, I said I wasn’t as worried as most, but not for the reasons they think. I want to clarify that now, in light of the upswing in intense reactions since election night.
First, let me say that I do not believe anyone who voted for anyone, is stupid. I believe we all passionately wanted a better life for our families, friends & ourselves. I have no intention of disassociating from anyone who does not believe or vote as I did, & would hope for the same in response.
I worked for the Trump Organization from 2000-2003. As their Corporate Chef Concierge, I handled events, the business-to-business liaising, & special project development at Trump International Plaza. I catered to an amazing clientele at The GM Building on 5th Avenue, called Trump International Plaza at that time, & home to some of the most illustrious companies anywhere. For verification that these details are factual, you can check Google, Linkedin & the Travel Channel video, which is online. So, this is not hearsay or propaganda, but factual information, from someone who actually experienced it.
When George Ross, who had initially hired me, came to explain the rumors flying about Trump losing the building. He said not to worry, that they were in litigation with the courts & Conseco, who co-owned the property, & that nothing would happen for a few years. Just a few weeks later, Trump lost the case & the court ruled in favor of Conseco. Trump would be nominally reimbursed for his original investment, but nowhere near the 1.4 billion he claims. Check out Vicki Lewis’ Liar’s Ball for more details.
For me, & others who were employed there, who did excellent work, including my personally exposing people who were stealing from Trump, & liaising to launch the new WHERE Magazine with Trump on the cover, there was no thank you for loyalty, no compensation or severance package, & after George Ross initially offered to re-establish my contract at 40 Wall, Trump simply stamped his feet & walked out without a word. And there are many other stories like mine, of hard-working staff who expected a fair deal from the man who wrote the art of the deal, but realized that Trump, once angry or beaten, simply turns his back on anything that did not pan out as he had anticipated. No matter who got burned in the process.
What’s important here, is to clearly review the manner in which Trump behaves & reacts. He is an excellent purveyor of developing & marketing his brand…saying & doing whatever he must to get what he wants. But it has nearly no value once the objective or target has been achieved. Once arrived, he quickly demolishes or reinvents most of what he said or did, so as to facilitate the next marketing campaign. Anyone who questions or disagrees, especially a woman…well, the list is lengthy as per the disparaging remarks that he has made about anyone who challenges, questions…or reveals truths he doesn’t think will polish his persona & serve his brand.
We have seen, immediately after the election, all the about-facing in thoughts, words & deeds…not to mention policies of Trump. I’m sure by now, his supporters realize they have been manipulated, used to get what he wanted. What should have red-flagged it for them, his utter bullying of everything & everyone, his complaining about everything & everyone when he didn’t get what he wanted, his chronic vagaries & 180 turns each time something had to be revisited for the campaign du jour, & most telling, his lack of impulse control when something sets him off, & his refusal to discuss anything that he deems not pertinent, even if we do.
Where we can take heart: -We have checks & balances in place that render no President omnipotent. -Trump has an extensive entourage, who have & will continue to give new meaning to the word “handler”. That’s why I wasn’t as panicked as some, because I knew he would hire seasoned professionals, nepotism not withstanding. -No official is all good or all bad, so we have time to see what will unfold.-I’m banking his ego, although megalomaniacal, will triumph in wanting to actually do enough good to insure a positive legacy.
Where we must be vigilant: -We cannot allow this national epidemic of bullying to continue, sanctioned officially with a bully in the Oval Office who insults anyone who does not look, live or sound like him. -We can & must exhale, & let the next 90 days move under the momentum, to see where Trump & the people finally settle. He has already reneged on many of the unfair & unrealistic promises he made. There’s a chance some good things will eventually emerge. -We must remember that the Constitution guarantees liberty & justice for all, not just some. -We live in a democracy, not a dynasty, thank God.
As a woman who has also experienced discrimination, blacklisting & misogyny from men, even when they’re faced with a woman stronger, smarter, more talented & disciplined then they are, never has a woman been harassed & condemned in such an aggressive decades-long offensive, as Hillary Clinton has. Yet, she maintains an elegant demeanor, & offers these words which ring like church bells for all to remember: “Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it”. Whatever side you’re on, be civilized & patriotic. The two are not mutually exclusive in these United States.