Donald Trump really hasn't changed much from the 80s, and his behavior towards his competitors is virtually identical to his now, teenage trash talking of the 2016 GOP presidential field of candidates.
When he launched his failed Trump Shuttle he attacked Pan Am without provocation for supposedly having "unsafe flights," which wasn't true at all.
When Donald Trump’s new airline, the Trump Shuttle, launched on a summer day in 1989, tuxedoed waiters with white gloves passed out smoked salmon, honey chicken skewers, and chocolate truffles. It was early in the day, but champagne flowed at Logan Airport.
After a string quartet rested its bows, Trump took the microphone and struck a discordant note: He railed against Pan Am, his rival in the shuttle business. He suggested Pan Am’s flights were unsafe, that the company was strapped for cash and couldn’t spend as much to maintain planes as Trump Shuttle.
And his partners in the new airline venture were not happy campers about his antics at all.
Executives at Trump’s newest venture were aghast. In a highly competitive business, one in which Trump had no experience, the new boss had tossed decorum to the wind and made claims he had no evidence to support.
“We said, ‘Donald, don’t ever do that again,’ ” recalled Henry Harteveldt, who was the company’s marketing director. “It was wrong. We had no proof to back that up.
And there’s an unwritten rule in the airline business that you don’t attack someone else’s safety record. There but for the grace of God go I.”
"But for the grace of God go I." Words to live by, except if your Trump.
And Trump’s unfounded remarks about Pan Am safety? They almost immediately came back to bite him. Trump’s own airline was struck by a near-tragedy within its first three months, when the nose gear failed on one of his jets and forced a crash landing at Logan.
You can read how his new plaything was wiped out very quickly via The Boston Globe.
I guess the man who wrote the Art of the Deal, didn't realize a recession was coming when he bought Eastern Airlines.
Trump has been using the same lying tactics for years and years. Now he's just doing it on a political stage.