This is the trailer for the film that Donald doesn’t want you to see!
Watch the whole film — available for the first time since it was suppressed 25 years ago — at http://trumpthemovie.com/watch/
From The Raw Story—-Speaking the Truth about Donald Trump
In 1988, business mogul Leonard Stern commissioned a television documentary to be made about Donald Trump, but the film was never aired because Trump managed to prevent its circulation.
“He did everything he could to suppress this documentary,” producer Libby Handros said. “And back in the day when we made the film, there were only a handful of networks. You had a few independent entities, but everything was controlled by big corporations, the three networks. And Donald was threatening lawsuits and stuff and they just didn’t need to take that on, even if the lawsuit would have no merit in the end.”
“Now that Trump is running for president, it is time for the American people to meet the real Donald and learn how he does business. The old Trump and the new Trump? They’re the same Trump,” notes the film’s website.
Trump: What’s the Deal? chronicles the real-estate developer and presidential hopeful’s rise to power. His self-described “addiction” to acquiring cash and real estate drove him to build developments in Manhattan, Atlantic City, Palm Beach, and Los Angeles. He skirted the law on multiple occasions throughout his career, underpaying his workers, associating with mob bosses, committing union fraud, harassing tenants, and ignoring environmental regulations, yet managed to evade legal retribution.
“It’s the American dream gone berserk,” actor Christopher Reeves jokes in the film.
Often Trump’s developments were unprofitable, but he kept acquiring new properties anyway, continuing his construction projects with a Sarah Winchester-like delusion. His perpetual publicity stunts and position as the “poster child for 1980s greed” kept his image as “the people’s billionaire” afloat for a while, but he eventually began facing criticism for his antics from the media. The film delves into his tumultuous personal affairs, stubborn business behavior and descent into bankruptcy, ending with the introduction of his Monopoly-esque board game, Trump: The Game, which parodies his attitude toward life with the motto: “It’s not whether you win or lose, but whether you win!”
Yes, Trump wasn’t, as you can imagine, thrilled at the thought of his dirty laundry being aired for all to see, reacting much the same way then as he does today—with bluster and threats of legal action. And these were techniques that carried more weight two decades ago, successfully burying the documentary by cutting off any outlet for it to be seen.
“He did everything he could to suppress this documentary,” Handros continued. “And back in the day when we made the film, there were only a handful of networks. You had a few independent entities, but everything was controlled by big corporations, the three networks. And Donald was threatening lawsuits and stuff and they just didn’t need to take that on, even if the lawsuit would have no merit in the end.”
The tycoon’s tantrum was also, apparently, too much for Stern to bear as well.
“Donald threatened him, or Donald had something on him, who knows?” Handros mused. “He would say it was just because all of the syndicators pulled out, so it was no longer a good business investment. So therefore he pulled out.”
Now, 25 years later, and with Stern’s passing, Handros has acquired all the rights to the film, which she had been keeping safe. And she feels, very strongly, that as Trump gains momentum in his presidential bid that What’s The Deal is more important now than ever.
This is my take on The Donald……..
Trump isn’t going to spend a billion dollars of his own money. He’ll mostly spend other people’s money – and that, he doesn’t mind losing. From the start, Trump looked at the race the same way that Huckabee and most of the others in the GOP field do – as a way to raise their profile, increase their name brand value, sell books, get a tv show, etc. These guys become wealthy/wealthier by running for president. Trump doesn’t actually want to be president; that’d be way too much work.
He’ll get out before getting the nomination….you wait and see.