Donald Trump’s past keeps coming back to haunt him. First there were freshly unburied allegations he sexually assaulted his ex-wife Ivana. Now, a suppressed documentary shot during Trump’s financial implosion at the end of of the Reagan era has made it online.
The footage has been stifled for nearly 30 years, the filmmakers claim, because it was made when Trump was powerful enough back then that threatening lawsuits carried real weight. According to the site:
The film was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern as the first of a series on celebrity businessmen and finished in 1991. Back then, the only way for a film to be seen was on television or in the theater. Donald threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor that took on the film. In effect, it was suppressed.
It’s a predictably unflattering picture. On the campaign trail Trump likes to present himself as a straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it-is candidate, which seems exactly how he presented himself to creditors and politicians to string out enormous tax breaks and loans he had no intention of ever paying back. He takes his cues from mob connections, leans on daddy’s money, uses illegal immigrants for cheap labor then still comes up short on the bill. His luxury apartments are made with the same inexpensive material used in Section 8 housing.
The film makes Trump out to be a liar of such grotesque proportions that it tinges even the factual statement he makes with doubt. Still, he is — as America will find out during the first Republican Presidential debate — eminently watchable. The movie, available in its entirety here, is worth your time if you like journalism or punching through badly constructed walls.