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i'm not the most religious person at all. i do believe in god, and people who force me to what they believe can pretty much go F. themselves they have a right to what they believe in. as do i as well, i think there's a LOT of really big douch bags with people who are Christian but i don't think that is everyone who is borne a Christian has an agenda and is out to cause trouble.

they have their beliefs and want to do good in the world and i can respect that. if they want to share it with their kids and their Families they have a right to do so as they should have that right to do so. but so does every religion as well have that right. we may not agree with them all but the ones who aren't out to hurt anyone at all but just enjoy life and who they believe in they have that right weather they are american or not.

and some of it may disagree with but than i have that right too.. just like i don't know how Trump is getting away with so much with crap that he's saying. i hate the KKK i'm not black so as much as i love to say i do understand what it means to be black cause i don't. i can take a guess but that's about as close to it as i can get but that doesn't bother me.

i have a KKK leader that lives up the road from me from what i'm told and i've never met anyone in his family at all nor do i intend to ever set food on his property ever. as far as i know he's never hurt anyone but i could be wrong. i don't go anywhere near on on grounds that he makes me sick to my stomach.

now i dunno if i have anyone in my family that was or is in the KKK but if i learned i had an uncle that was in it he'd be dead to me cause it's just plain wrong that even exists at all. and i dunno much about Trump's father but if he was in the KKK he's than a guy i would have wanted nothing to do with if he was still alive.

i have no proof at all that Trump himself is in it at all. but i would not be surprised at all if he was since the KKK just love him. they may have the right to do their free speech and i may not like it but they have that right to do it.

i'm not a cop or anything so me trying to interfere with that would be pretty pointless. but i will never understand why anyone is racist when it's just skin color that's all.

i just dunno what to say about these last posts you posted cause i'm just speechless on the stupidity of it all. no being Christian oh i just noticed it said Catholic something i am. i don't belong to no cult, the last time i was in a church was when my niece a few years ago was baptized.

i don't follow the rules if you want to call it that cause i don't like to be told how to live but to live like how i feel. just like everyone else has that right. now Sciectoligy or however that's spelled? they are a cult and i will always believe that, i don't get or understand why anyone would want to join them

but than i don't go out and make trouble for them either i've got better things to do with my life. sorry for the ramble and it going all over the place but i was just going by the various posts on here.
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Update Re: TRUMP Thinks-US 'Pastor' Who Says SATAN Created Catholic Church-is a Wonderful Ma

North Korea Says Trump Deserves to DIE for Insulting Kim Jong-un >Days After Trump Mocked Him for Being 'Short and Fat'

  • Kim Jong-un's party paper says Donald Trump should get death penalty
  • It responded to a Trump tweet calling Kim Jong-Un 'short and fat'
  • State media editorial said Trump is 'sentenced to death by the Korean people'
Daily Mail UK, 16 Nov 2017


Last week, the President took to his preferred social media channel to air his grievance that Kim had called him 'old', adding that he had refrained from calling the North Korean dictator 'short and fat'.

In response, North Korean Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun wrote that Trump had now been 'sentenced to death by the Korean people'.





War of words: Kim Jong-Un's North Korean Workers' Party newspaper wrote that U.S. President Donald Trump had now been 'sentenced to death by the Korean people'



'The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,' the editorial said.
'He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,' it added.

Since becoming president, Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with Kim Jong-Un, trading personal insults and threats of military strikes and raising concerns about an outbreak of hostilities.

Towards the end of his Asia tour, Trump sent a tweet from Hanoi that took the verbal jousting to a new level, taunting the North Korean leader over his height and weight.

'Why would Kim Jong-Un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat'?' he tweeted.




#sad: Donald Trump tweeted last week, wondering why Kim had called him 'old' when he had never called him 'short and fat'




North Korea today released new photos of its dear leader
smiling as he sat in a tractor


Kim Jong-un, 33, is reportedly between 5ft7in and 5ft9in tall, and is thought to weight around 300lbs.

If Trump's own words on his weight and height - 6ft3in and 236lbs - is to be believed, the 71-year-old has a BMI of 29.5, which puts him just 0.5 units from entering the obese category.

The members of the ruling Kim dynasty - past and present - enjoy near god-like status in North Korea, which has demonstrated extreme sensitivity to any remark that might be seen as mocking or disrespectful of the leadership.

The editorial also took a dig at Trump's failure to tour the demilitarised zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas - a traditional stop-off for senior US officials visiting the South.

Trump's helicopter taking him to the DMZ had turned back after just five minutes due to bad weather -- an explanation the newspaper dismissed.

'It wasn't the weather,' the editorial said: 'He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.'
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Update re: Trump's Plan to Shrink 4 Land Based Monuments Will Affect Ocean & Environment

Donald Trump's 'Pocahontas' Racist Slur Could Boost Case for Impeachment > Historian Claims

Abuse of Congress grounds to remove a US president, says Allan Lichtman


Independent UK, 1 Dec 2017.


Donald Trump‘s decision to mock a rival by calling her “Pocahontas” could lead to his impeachment, a political historian has claimed.

The US President used the Native American icon’s name to refer to Senator Elizabeth Warren during a White House event honouring Navajo veterans, who helped the US Armed Forces to pass secret messages during the Second World War.

Ms Warren, a Democrat who claims to have Native American ancestry said she “really couldn’t believe” the comment.

Political historian Allan Lichtman who has authored The Case for Impeachment, said the comment form “part of an article of impeachment.”

He added that Abuse of Congress has previously been cited as grounds to remove a US president.

An 1868 article of impeachment against Mr Johnson – one of only two US Presidents who have been impeached – said he “used intemperate, inflammatory and scandalous harangues … and loud threats and bitter menaces … against Congress”.

Mr Lichtman told Newsweek that ”a fairly powerful” article of impeachment could be formed if such comments were combined with “very intemperate attacks” on the judiciary and freedom of the press.

Many have condemned Mr Trump’s use of “Pocahontas” to refer to Ms Warren.

Navajo National Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, who said the comments represented “the latest example of systemic, deep-rooted ignorance of Native Americans”.

Ms Warren herself, told MSNBC: “This was supposed to be an event to honour heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country. It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can’t even make it through a ceremony honouring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur.”

Her fellow Massachusetts senator, Ed Markey, said: “What Mr Trump said about my partner, Senator Warren is a slur. It disparages the Native American war heroes, standing right beside the President, who risked their lives to protect his right to make such a disgusting comment.”

The White House dismissed the criticism. Asked if the word was racist, White House press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders, said: “I don’t think that it is.”

She was then asked why the President would say something that was “offensive to many people while honouring the Navajo code talkers — genuine American heroes”.

She replied: “I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.”
END


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Donald Trump’s 'Working & State Visits' to UK Postponed.

Trip was set to take place early in the New Year, but now no formal date is in place

Independent UK, 1 Dec 2017.


US diplomats have reportedly dropped Donald Trump‘s planned working visit to the UK.

Mr Trump had been expected to visit the UK early next year to open the new US embassy – although it would not have been a full state visit and he would not have meet the Queen.

However, even that trip has now been postponed, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.

The site reported a senior US diplomat as saying: “The idea of a visit has obviously been floated, but not December and not January. I would not expect a Trump visit in January.”

The reported postponement comes amid a public spat with Theresa May over the President’s retweets of a far-right group.

But the diplomat told the Telegraph the two were not related.

On Wednesday Mr Trump retweeted three videos posted by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, causing widespread outrage.

Ms May said the decision was “wrong” and MPs queued up to condemn the President.

Mr Trump hit back on Twitter by telling the Prime Minister: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”


White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump did not know who Ms Fransen was when he retweeted her posts, and defended his actions.


Asked if Mr Trump had elevated a far-right group to prominence, she added: “I think what he’s done is elevate the conversation to talk about a real issue and a real threat and that’s extreme violence and extreme terrorism, something that we know to be very real and something the president feels strongly about talking about and bringing up and making sure is an issue every single day.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the Commons on Thursday that in relation to the visit, “an invitation has been extended and accepted” but no date had been fixed.



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Default re: Trump's Plan to Shrink 4 Land Based Monuments Will Affect Ocean & Environment

ya know i think it was wrong that he called him short and fat cause he has no idea how to respect anyone but himself. but the thing is saying he deserves to die cause he said that is just plain stupid.

there's a lot about Trump i don't like but i don't think the man deserves to die. and if he did i would not be surprised only cause on how many people he's pissing off this year. but to be fair him saying that is not the worse thing he's ever done getting rid of Net Neutrality is one of them for example but i do realize he wasn't the only one that didn't want it.
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Trump's Plan to Shrink Land Based Monuments Will Affect Vital Ecosystems, Experts Warn

Over the Past 3 Weeks, Trump Signed Two Proclamations to Reduce the Bears Ears National Monument by Nearly 85 percent and cut Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by Almost HALF.

PLUS - Ryan Zinke, Trump's Secretary of the interior, Recommended to Trump that 3 Major Marine Monuments be Reduced to Allow Greater Commercial Fishing > Prompting Anguish from Environmental Groups

Many Americans are 'Disgusted' with Trump's Monuments Decision


House GOP Invites Patagonia to Speak About Monument Cuts
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AP, 2 Jan, 2018






In this Dec, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up a signed proclamation to shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.
The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee said in a letter Friday, 15 Dec, 2017, to Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard that committee members want to hear all perspectives. After Trump's decision to shrink two national monuments > Patagonia posted "The President Stole Your Land" on its home page. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)....


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ATLANTA (AP) -

"Avengers" star Mark Ruffalo said he is disgusted with President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments by nearly two-thirds.

Ruffalo told The Associated Press in a recent interview that Trump's decision was a "slap in the face" to Native Americans. Last week, the president signed two proclamations to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85 percent and cut Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by almost half.

Trump's declarations would replace the federally-protected lands with five smaller monuments, cutting them by 2 million acres. Several lawsuits have been filed against the president, challenging his cuts. There are fears drilling or mining might be authorized without the protections.

President Barack Obama created the Bears Ears monument last year. The Grand Staircase-Escalante was instituted by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
Ruffalo said Trump's decision is environmentally wrong and an attempt to cater to a group of wealthy people.

"Honestly, it's disgusting," Ruffalo said before he was honored at the Captain Planet Foundation annual gala on Friday in Atlanta. The Oscar-nominated actor received an award for his dedication to renewable energy transformation at the event to raise funds for its programs and to recognize environmental stewardship.

"They are giving away our land that we own collectively to a small elite group of people, so they can do nothing but make money," he continued.

The Trump administration’s plan to shrink four land-based national monuments has provoked howls of anguish from environmental groups, Native American tribes and some businesses, such as the outdoors company Patagonia.

Accompanying changes to protected monuments in the oceans – vastly larger areas than their land-based counterparts – have received less attention, but could have major consequences for the livelihoods and ecosystems dependent upon the marine environment.

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, has recommended to Donald Trump that three sprawling marine monuments, one in the Atlantic and two in the Pacific, be either opened up to the commercial fishing industry or reduced in size, or both.

“These ‘blue parks’ harbor unique species, a wealth of biodiversity and special habitats,” said Jane Lubchenco, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration between 2009 and 2013.

“They are undersea treasures. I fervently hope that these incredible marine monuments will not be degraded by opening them up to extractive activities. There are plenty of other places in the ocean to fish.”

In 2009, George W Bush created the Pacific Remote Islands national monument around seven islands and atolls in the central Pacific. The monument, subsequently expanded by Barack Obama to become what was the largest marine protected area in the world, comprises “the last refugia for fish and wildlife species rapidly vanishing from the remainder of the planet”, according to the Fish & Wildlife Service, boasting creatures such as sea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks and giant clams.

Zinke noted that the monument, which spans more than 490,500 sq miles, protects largely untouched coral reefs and marine species but also pushed out Hawaiian and American Samoan fishers who previously used long lines and huge scoop-like nets in the area. The interior secretary said the monument should be shrunk to an unspecified new shape and allow regional authorities to oversee commercial fishing in the monument.

Trump has been handed similar recommendations for Rose Atoll, a 10,000 sq mile ecosystem in the south Pacific that was protected in 2009, with Zinke adding there is “no explanation” as to why there can’t be commercial fishing in America’s only protected area of the Atlantic, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts.

Combined, these marine monuments encompass an area more than three times the size of California – dwarfing the four terrestrial monuments set to be resized. But the land and sea monuments share common arguments over conservation, resource extraction and the role of the federal government to restrict certain activities in prized ecosystems.

In March, a coalition of New England fishing organizations sued the federal government over the Obama administration’s creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, an area of plunging rock formations that contain a wealth of cold water corals, located 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The simple “stroke of President Obama’s pen” would put fishers out of work, said Beth Casoni, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association. About 800,000lb of lobster are caught near the canyons each year.

“The monument designation will have a negative rippling effect across the region as fishermen will have to search for new fishing grounds – only to find they are already being fished,” Casoni said.

The legal challenge, predicated on the claim that Obama exceeded his authority in naming the area a monument, was paused by the Trump administration’s review of national monuments declared since 1996. If Zinke’s recommendations are followed, commercial fishing could now be ushered back into the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, beyond the two lobster and crab operators currently allowed in the area before a sunset clause bars them in six years’ time.

Conservation groups fret that commercial fishing would only be a precursor to further invasions, such as oil drilling or seabed mining. The Atlantic monument is considered particularly sensitive due to its dense forests of deep-sea corals and its role as a migratory route for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, which has experienced an alarming dip in numbers this year.

“This is a spectacular place that contains animals incredibly vulnerable to drilling, fishing, noise and pollution,” said Peter Baker, director of US oceans, north-east, at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

“It shouldn’t be too much to ask to protect 2% of the US’s exclusive economic zone off the Atlantic coast for future generations. Allowing commercial fishing there is really a distortion of why you would have a national monument in the first place.”

Baker said the New England Fisheries Management Council, which Zinke indicated should determine fishing restrictions in the monument, has a “horrible track record” of overfishing and conflicts of interest.

Janice Plante, spokeswoman for the council, rejected that claim.

“We work very hard to have sustainable fishing,” she said. “We had no position on the designation of the monument but we support [Zinke’s] recommendations because we would manage it the best. We have the expertise and the experience.”

In the Pacific, the equivalent industry body, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, has sought greater access for sought-after stock, such as bigeye tuna.

Kitty Simonds, executive director of the council, said the review of national monuments “provides an opportunity for America to remember that it has the ability to protect marine ecosystems without closing more than half of the US Pacific island waters to fishing.”

But ecologists argue that a doubling in the amount of tuna caught off Hawaii since 2006 is evidence that protection of key breeding and foraging ecosystems has not hindered the industry.

“These monuments are like bank accounts, whereby the fishing industry can live off the interest, which is the reproductive output of the protected areas,” said Robert Richmond, a marine ecologist at the University of Hawaii.

“Invalidating this management is nothing short of irresponsible and flies in the face of best science. It’s a race to the bottom, for the short-term gain of the fishing industry but to their long-term cost.”

In US waters, comparatively well regulated compared with many other countries, more than a quarter of fish stocks are either overfished or severely depleted.

“The US is among only a few nations who have taken significant steps to protect the vibrancy of its ocean treasures through large, highly protected blue parks,” said Lubchenco.

“It is only recently that our technology has allowed us to mine, drill and fish virtually everywhere in the ocean. Creation of highly protected blue parks like these monuments is beginning to re-establish the all-important balance of places to be used and places to be treasured. We need both.”


House GOP Invites Patagonia to Speak About Monument Cuts
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Republican-led House committee is inviting the founder of outdoor retail company Patagonia to testify about an issue that has ignited a public feud: President Donald Trump's decision to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments.

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee said in a letter Friday to Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard that committee members want to hear all perspectives.

After Trump's decision, Patagonia posted:

"The President Stole Your Land"
on its home page.






In this May 18, 2009, file photo, Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Inc. is seen before receiving an honorary degree during commencement at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.



A Republican-led House committee is inviting the founder of outdoor retail company Patagonia to testify about an issue that has ignited a public feud: President Donald Trump's decision to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments.

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee said in a letter Friday, 15 Dec, 2017, to Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard that committee members want to hear all perspectives.

The company also sued to block the size reduction for Bears Ears National Monument.

The committee tweeted back that Patagonia was "lying" about Trump's plan so it could sell more to "wealthy elitist urban dwellers."

Patagonia spokeswoman Corley Kenna says the company learned about the invite from the media and will respond.
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Is This The Beginning of the End of Trump's Real Estate Empire?

The Trump name is being scrubbed off skylines from New York to Toronto to Rio as the brand backfires

The Guardian UK, 18 Jan 2018.


It takes all of 30 seconds for the doorman at Trump Place to kick me out of the building. “Ma’am, you need to leave,” he says, when I tell him I am a journalist. Then he practically shoves me out the marble lobby, back through the revolving doors .

Tensions are high at Trump Place, 200 Riverside Boulevard. The luxury condominium complex on New York’s Upper West Side is currently embroiled in an increasingly contentious legal battle with the Trump family. Like many of the towers bearing the Trump brand, 200 Riverside Boulevard isn’t actually owned by the Trumps; it simply licenses the name, which is plastered on the building in big brass letters. And now many residents don’t want it any more.

Audrey Nelson lives with her boyfriend in Trump Place. Speaking to me on the street outside, she explains that the condo board surveyed residents about the Trump branding following the 2016 election. “Most people want to get rid of it,” she says. But DJT Holdings, a company largely owned by Donald Trump, got wind of this and was threatening the building with legal action. “I don’t think we’re supposed to talk about it,” says another resident, eyeing me suspiciously.

Plastering the Trump brand – which can cost tens of millions of dollars to lease – on your luxury hotel or apartment complex once added a veneer of prestige and upped profitability; Trump used to boast it would increase a property’s value by 25%. Licensing his name certainly seems to have increased his personal fortune. A financial summary Trump issued when he kicked off his presidential campaign in 2015 valued his “real estate licensing deal, brand and branded developments” at $3.3bn – the most significant single source of what Trump then claimed to be an $8.7bn total net worth.

While these numbers are impossible to verify and have been the subject of much debate, it is unambiguous that the Trump brand has traditionally been a source of considerable value. That may no longer be the case.

Since the Donald embarked upon his political career his surname appears to have become a liability. Speaking to me over the phone, previous 200 Riverside Boulevard tenants told me that Trump’s foray into politics has been disastrous for property prices. Harvey and Peggy Koeppel put their apartment on the market just before the 2016 election. “It sat there for months,” Harvey Koeppel says, until they were forced to “accept 10% less than their asking price”.

It’s not just the Koeppels who have seen the value of their Trump-associated property fall. According to a recent report by CityRealty, a real estate listings and research service, prices in the 11 Trump-branded condo buildings in Manhattan dropped below the borough average for the first time ever at the end of 2017. While the average price per square foot for all Manhattan condos fell by 1%, the price per square foot for condos in Trump buildings fell 7% in the 12 months to November 2017.

“Any building that chooses to end its association with the Trump brand is likely motivated by financial reasons … [and] no doubt greatly influenced by beliefs about how the brand affects the building’s bottom line,” says Gabby Warshawer, director of research for CityRealty. All of which, she says, raises “questions about the viability of the Trump brand”.

Indeed, just down the road from where I’m standing, three other apartment buildings were also once known as Trump Place. Just eight days after the 2016 election, the rental buildings rebranded as 140, 160 and 180 Riverside Boulevard, after hundreds of the building’s residents petitioned the owner, Equity Residential, to “dump the Trump name”. The brand no longer signified premium, but prejudice, said residents: it had become an embarrassment. (The Trump Organization declined multiple times to contribute to this story.)

More recently, a hybrid hotel and condo building in downtown Manhattan also disassociated itself from the president, rebranding from Trump SoHo to the Dominick last December. The building’s owners bought out the Trump Organization’s management contract following unrelenting bad press and reports of low occupancy, some of which, to be fair, predated Trump’s entering the White House.

In 2006 construction of the building was halted when human remains from an old burial ground were discovered on the site, and a construction worker died after falling 42 floors from the building in 2008. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office also opened a criminal case (which it dropped last October) against Donald Jr and Ivanka Trump, investigating them for misleading investors about the value of the SoHo hotel.

With this chequered history, things still took a turn for the worse when Trump entered the White House: 11 of the 12 NBA teams that had once stayed at Trump SoHo boycotted the hotel and Koi, a high-end sushi restaurant that had once been frequented by celebrities, closed in April 2017 after seeing a slump in business that may have related to the new president.

Even the Trump Organization itself seems to have realized that the family name has depreciated in value. In late 2016 Trump Hotels announced a new hotel brand aimed at millennials – called Scion.

The choice of name perhaps reflected prevailing public opinion towards the Trump hotel collection. YouGov data compiled exclusively for Guardian Cities shows that high-income Americans have a dramatically lower impression of Trump-branded hotels than they do other hotel brands at the same price point. While Americans with a family income of more than $100,000 had positive impressions of the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, Westin and Omni hotel brands, sentiment of Trump hotels alone was overwhelmingly negative: reaching a high of -5.4 in November and a low of -17.1. (YouGov first started tracking attitudes towards Trump brands in June 2017). By comparison, impressions of Ritz-Carlton were 44.6 in November.

But not everyone is pessimistic about the long-term prospects of the Trump name. “The fact that a few Trump affiliated hotels are changing brands is insignificant when you consider the same could be said of a hundred other hotel brands,” says John W O’Neill, a professor at the Center for Hospitality Real Estate Strategy at Pennsylvania State University. “Hotel owners change brands for all sorts of reasons, so it isn’t necessarily negative.” For example, it is possible that some leases may have been up for renewal.

What’s more, some of Trump’s properties are booming thanks to his presidency. Trump’s DC hotel is making record profits and, according to the president’s last financial disclosure about his business assets, released last June, income from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach was around $37m, up from $30m in his May 2016 financial report. But these properties seem to be very much the exception not the rule, particularly if one looks at the state of his brand outside the US: the Trump name is being scrubbed from skylines all over the world.

In the two-and-a-half years since he announced his presidential bid, his brand has come off at least seven buildings in four cities: Panama, New York, Rio, and Toronto. Trump-branded hotels in Vancouver and Chicago are also rumoured to be attempting to sever their ties.

Canadians, in particular, have been very clear that they don’t want the Trump name associated with their cities. In December 2015, shortly after he called Mexicans “rapists” and criminals, Toronto councillor Josh Matlow campaigned to get the owners of what was then the Trump Tower to change the building’s name.

“Toronto’s city motto is ‘diversity our strength’,” says Matlow now. “My view, along with many other Torontonians, was there no place for Trump’s name in the skyline of the world’s most diverse city.” In June 2017 the building’s owners spent millions of dollars exiting their contract with the Trump Organization and the Toronto skyline is now Trump-free.

Matlow concedes that “a number of ingredients” factored into the decision to remove Trump’s name, including legal battles by unhappy investors over poor management of the development itself. The final decision was likely “a combination of financial trouble – and then Donald Trump imploding his own brand due to his hateful and divisive rhetoric”.

Today the only Trump-branded hotel left in Canada is in Vancouver, and there are rumoursit may not last there. Brent Toderian, Vancouver’s former chief planner, says he spoke out as soon as the name was first attached to the building, saying “that the Trump name and brand was incompatible with Vancouver’s brand”.

His feelings are widely shared. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson refused to attend the opening ceremony of the hotel last year, telling reporters at the time that Trump’s brand had “no more place on Vancouver’s skyline than his ignorant ideas have in the modern world”.

The Trump name may also soon also be scrubbed from Central America. In 2015 owners of the Trump Ocean Club, a luxury apartment building in Panama City, fired Trump’s management company and removed his name from the building. The Trump name remained on the adjoining hotel, with whom the Trump Organization had a separate agreement, but there have been multiple reports that the owners are now looking to follow suit: the Trump name is hurting business.

Data shared with Guardian Cities shows that occupancy rates for Trump Panama in the beginning of January was around 25%, well below the 43.7% average occupancy for luxury hotels in Panama in January 2017 recorded by STR, a data and analytics specialist. “Not even the US embassy staff stay at the hotel,” says a source close to the matter who wished to remain anonymous, citing the Trump Organization’s proclivity for litigation. “We’re at the heart of the hispanic world and he’s alienated most everyone in Latin America and most of the rest of the world. The hotel unit owners are desperate.” (On Friday the US ambassador to Panama resigned, saying he could no longer serve under the Trump administration.)

With so many buildings publicly cutting ties with the president, or seeking to, are we witnessing the beginning of the end of Trump’s real estate empire? One industry expert, who also wished to remain anonymous, says they doubt the Trump name has long-term viability on either residential buildings or hotels. “My instinct says [Trump] is going to end up in a bad situation and developers are going to want to distance themselves. The damage to the name is already profound and will only get worse.”

There are ample signs that the longer Trump remains in DC, the less welcome his name will be in cities around the world.




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