For years, the notion that a luxury golf course would be built in the city’s most impoverished borough struck many as the equivalent of handing a camisole to a person with frostbite.
–Excerpt from The New York Times
Can we look back for a moment at what Trump actually stands for? Yes, rampant inequality, inherited wealth, and cronyism. Sure, I know the idea of having a man who blusters away at world leaders as though it’s an episode of “The Apprentice” is appealing:
“No, as matter of fact, I am still president of Russia.”
But have the majority of Trump supporters, who couldn’t afford to fly to New York City and golf here, thought about what will actually happen if Trump is elected? There’s a good chance we might end up with more subsidized golf courses–NYC contributed a cool $127 mill. to Trump Golf Links–than subsidized housing.
As the PGA Tour, LPGA, USGA and PGA of America were issuing a joint statement that Trump Golf Links went against “…our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf,” the residents of nearby Throggs Neck Houses were dealing with “swamps and eruptions.”
Yes, swamps and eruptions. In a public housing project adjacent to Trump’s golf course, resident Betty Whitaker deals with mold and chipped plaster that leaves such a strong stench that it often drives her out of her apartment.
And Betty’s situation isn’t as bad as many of her neighbors: resident Alexander Malloy has to deal with regular influxes of raw sewage:
“It’s like a volcano; you can’t stop it,” said Malloy of the flood of raw sewage that spills out from his bathtub, his sink, and toilet bowl, and floods into his apartment.
(For more on the sewage, watch this YouTube video)
Could that $127 million have been used to make the Bronx’s housing projects more habitable? Trump’s buddy, former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, didn’t think so. He was too busy enjoying the view of billionaire’s row while practicing his swing.
The level of inequality President Trump would bring is downright unimaginable.