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Saturday
Dec152012

“Trump has sunk to a new low."

Alistair Munro reports that the Scottish government has told the Trump Organization to stop engaging in false advertising in their quest to battle off-shore windfarms, which, as I noted in my Golf World newsmaker's story on Trump, would be visible and unsightly from Trump International.

The latest ad in the Trump campaign weaves in the Lockerbie bombing, prompting one politico to say it marked a new low for Trump.

Under the banner “Is this the future for Scotland?” his protest displays a picture of a huge windfarm in California.

It states: “Tourism will suffer and the beauty of your country is in jeopardy!

“This is the same mind that backed the release of terrosist al-Megrahi, ‘for humane reasons’ – after he ruthlessly killed 270 people on Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.”

Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said: “Trump has sunk to a new low. Linking renewables policy to Lockerbie victims is sick."

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Trumps an ass but the craven release of al-Megrahi can never be mentioned enough.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrey Lag
The tone-deaf human wind farm that is Donald Trump knows no bounds when it comes to the absence taste, decency and respect for the nation that invited you in. I know nothing of wind farms, ecology and their effect on tourism but his relentless campaign to simply Get His Way certainly tends to put even an impartial observer such as myself firmly on the side of anyone who favors energy-generating offshore fans. Let's build'em and see what Trump does next. Oh wait... I think I've heard the threats: he will fail to build another hotel and golf course nearby? Gee, that would be a bummer, huh?

Trump must be the world's most tolerant human being. After all, if I dispensed with even a fraction of the bluster, blather and bullshit he so freely discharges, I promise you I would compulsively retch at even the thought of myself.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
Ben, agree with your assessment of Mr. Trump, a real tool. A few months ago many posters on this site were all pumped on the Donald and how his golf course acquisitions were good for the game....The best we can hope for is a huge loss that chases him away from golf...He could donate 5 million to the First Tee and he wouldn't be good for the game.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered Commentercaptain
Interesting take Grey Lag. As an aside, anyone see the Rob Parker commentary about RG3?
12.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
A low blow right out of the Karl Rove & company playbook.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Trump has made a fool of himself in Scotland. Throwing insults, often very personal insults, at Scotland's democratically elected politicians, shows a totally lack of respect for the country. Linking Lockerbie to the injustice he feels he's suffered over his golf course's view being spoilt by wind turbines is disgraceful. An ignorant bully and an embarrassment to golf unfortunately.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrewCoop
but Trump is absolutely right in what he says. Too many people let their emotions in the way when lining up to criticise Trump (Geoff is excepted since so many of his other articles are first rate).

Let's examine the facts: Trump has put a lot money into golf, and rescued several courses from extinction. I am looking forward to play his new course in Scotland. The Lockerbie business was a travesty and the Scottish government should be ashamed.

Yes, he's an arrogant man, but many of the critics here are probably jealous of his success.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStord
@Stord-the Trump Aberdeen course is very good and I'm sure you will enjoy it when you play there.I'm no Alex Salmond fan but Trumps attack him smacks of a 3 year old who's had his ice lolly stolen.
The Lockerbie bombing was an abomination-I had friends and relations directly affected-though thankfully no-one killed.But do you seriously think Al Megrahi was the bomber?I don't,lawyers I know who worked on the case don't and even the senior police officer on the case has serious doubts.No Question his government was behind this but I don't think he's ever been anything but the''fall guy".
12.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
@ Stord - His success? He is the son of a millionaire real estate mogul. he's gone bankrupt at least once. many investors pay dearly for their involvement with him. and most importantly he has such bad taste that he makes Elvis seem like the height of good taste. his involvement with golf is not a good thing - he represents everything that is wrong with the game today.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
Stord, Lockerbie was a very murky affiar. What Donald Trump, or you and I, think of the decision to release al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds is conjecture, ultimately the decision was taken by Scotland's democratically elected Justice Minister, folllowing the guidance of Scots Law. Trump may disagree with the decision, but the process was correct.
Likewise, the Scottish Government has a policy on renewable energy, a key plank in efforts to combat climate change, and Trump should respect that.
The language he has used repeatedly, and his behaviour and ramblings when he attended the Scottish Parliament (Where's your evidence? Trump: I'm the evidence!!!), have shown him to be an ignorant bully.
Great golf courses though!
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrewCoop
Be careful, digs. If you look inside the cover of Rove's playbook, you'll see who actually wrote the thing. But if time is of the essence and you don't have a copy handy, see DTF's comment above.

As for Trump, the Lockerbie irony stinks to high heaven. Deceitful Don thinks we have a short memory and forgot he offered a place for Moammar to pitch his tent during the UN General Assembly. I'm waiting for the explanation, Don. Are all bets off when money is involved instead of priciples?
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Donald should just have one of his kids design a paint that makes those fan blades less visible, in any light. Designer paints. Right up his alley.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Clayman
Good image, Ben.

Quick, what't the difference between The Donald and a wind farm? The temperature of the air being moved.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCBell
Ted, let's keep Elvis out of this...
TRP, 4 corporate bankruptcy's plus probably thousands of lawsuits when he doesn't feel like paying the bills or wants to bully a competitor out of the way.He is exactly what is wrong with the game.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
terrorist kills 270. terrorist is convicted and imprisoned. terrorist does not die in prison. murky?
12.16.2012 | Unregistered Commentermurky?
Driving from Dornoch to Cruden Bay one year on a golfing pilgrimage with friends, we encountered several wind farms in the rolling northern Scottish countryside. Rather than make us cringe at their "unsightlyness," everyone of us actually was kind of mesmerized by how cool and beautiful it all looked. Hasn't made me not want to return to that lovely corner of the world as a golf tourist.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFWIW
trump was smirking when he sed this...meant jokingly and maybe to ruffle feathers for ppl who took it serious
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterUmp
Murky? yes Lockerbie is murky. That al-Megrahi was the only person to end up in jail-in what must have been an elaborately planned attack? What was his motivation? Dubious, later discreditted, eye-witness statements? Why was al-Megrahi released? All the while Tony Blair and Lord Browne of BP are shaking hands with Gaddafi in a tent in the Libyan desert and discussing oil rights.. Sorry, but Lockerbie remains murky.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrewCoop
Couldn't agree more Andrew.
An outraged pubic quite understandably demanded an arrest and so got Megrahi.If he did it then I can fly.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Help me D. maculata. My brain is not in full functioning mode today for some rason.

Who is it? I go nothin' from the ESPN referenced mess of DTF....I don't know who any of the players are,except I have heard of Bayless.

So spell it out for me. Thanks.


dig
12.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Chico, yes I strongly suspect al-Megrahi was a convenient fall guy. At the very least a questionable verdict.
Anyhow back to the golf, Trump's course in Aberdeen is pretty impressive by all accounts? "The greatest course in the world", according to Trump? A future Open venue?
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrewCoop
Andrew-one of my members-the county champ-who plays of +3 says its the best course he has ever played.He has played all Scotland's top courses.I suspect he was caught up in the euphoria of the moment but thats still quite a bold statement.Other than the rough being too severe I have yet to have a negative report.
As for the Open I think he has no chance but I would put a lot of money of money on him getting the Ryder Cup.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Is therte somw way we can put a permanent YELLOW POLICE TAPE around anything that Trump does in connection to golf and then eliminate him from further aggravation to all of us.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert M. Young
How does Trump represent "everything that is wrong with game"? Yes, let's criticise everybody who puts their own money into the game.. much better to let all these courses go bankrupt instead and shun any new courses.

Jealousy and insecurity seem to be the main explanation for the attacks on him...
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStord
''Jealousy and insecurity seem to be the main explanation for the attacks on him...''


Really?
12.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
"The tone-deaf human wind farm that is Donald Trump"
I do believe we have a winner.

"Jealousy and insecurity"? To echo Digs, there is some projection going on in ShackLand.
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
This site is devoted to golf, isn't it? If you love the game and understand its origin, you can only be grateful for what Donald Trump did in Scotland. His vision, his endurance and his money gave our sport one of the best, most beautiful and purest courses imaginable. As a golfer I count myself very lucky for having the opportunity to play such a fantastic golf course and take for granted that Mr. Trump doesn't belong to the most sympathetic men on earth.
12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

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