You know how Donald Trump is always bragging about how he's going to bring jobs to the United States? Yeah, well for more than a few, he's cost jobs, especially when he stiffed contractors and refused to pay them for work they did.
USA Today's exclusive report is pretty damning.
Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.
At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.
Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages.
Worse yet, he thinks this is just fine, and something he'd feel free to do as President. Don't like 'em? Don't pay 'em!
"Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely,” Trump said. “That’s what the country should be doing.”
You'd think he'd win more of those lawsuits. Instead his lawyers just grind away on small businessmen, hoping they'll run out of money before the case ever gets to court.
As Senator Warren says, "Donald Trump is an existential threat to our country and economy."
No lie, just read that whole article to see how much of one he'd be in the White House.