Yet another reason for a Trump presidency: The Donald screws over Gadhafi

March 23, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

Last week, in this space I made an (extremely serious) argument for a Trump presidency, laying out the potential positives of having Donald Trump as our bloviator-in-chief. I envisioned Trump firing the Senate, getting in a shouting match with the United Nation or putting a huge photo of his smiling face on the Washington monument. (All, I maintain, still realistic possibilities.) 

But, as is usually the case with Trump, he outdid any of my predictions. 

This week, The Donald boasted of swindling -- that's right, actually illegally swindling -- Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in a land deal. And he said this as though it was a good thing, as though this made him qualified to be president.  

“I rented him a piece of land. He paid me more for one night than the land was worth for the whole year, or for two years, and then I didn’t let him use the land,” Trump told Fox News' morning show. “That's what we should be doing. I don’t want to use the word ‘screw,’ but I screwed him.”

Ha! Wow. This is too much. This kind of hilarious bombast is exactly what I was hoping for when I pleaded for Trump to run. Please, Donald, continue running for president. What's next? Bilking the Chinese with junk mortgages? Cheating the Russians at a craps table? 

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