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One of former President Donald Trump's golf courses is under investigation for allegedly inflating and deflating the appraisals of the property. Biographer Michael D'Antonio addressed the new lawsuit on CNN Thursday, and explained how drawing attention to himself as a successful businessman has ultimately led Trump into a financial free fall.
"You might remember that Michael Cohen said that Donald Trump originally ran for president as a publicity stunt," recalled D'Antonio. "That he thought that this would benefit his companies, but he never imagined winning. So, he wins, and he finds himself in office, and during that period of time from 2016 to 2020, his fortunes decline precipitously."
He explained that since leaving office, Forbes went from trusting that Trump was worth anywhere from $10 to $12 billion to being worth possibly $2.5 billion. It meant he fell off of the list of the richest Americans.
"So, this is a man who always said that he measured himself in dollars and cents and that his self-worth was really all tied up in how rich he was," said D'Antonio. "He's now facing in Westchester County another assault on his claims to his wealth. In that case, he's -- when he likes having a lot of money, he says the golf course is worth $50 million. When he doesn't want to pay his taxes, he says it is worth $1.4 million. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all inflate our assets when we want to claim to be very rich and deflate them when it comes to paying our taxes?"
But then D'Antonio claimed that Trump will likely have serious problems with banks in the future.
"His properties have actually been on a watch list among lenders who are concerned that the revenues have fallen so fast that he won't be able to make payments on the loans he's taken out," D'Antonio said. "And earlier this year, his partner in the two most effective developments he's ever made are saying they're considering getting out of this partnership. So, that would drain him of the remaining cash flow that is keeping him afloat. So, the presidency has been very bad for Donald Trump's businesses in the same way that it has been pretty bad for the rest of the world."
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On Thursday, Orlando Weekly reported that a man from Ft. Myers applied to 60 entry-level jobs to investigate the claims by employers that they are facing a "labor shortage" and that too many people are being paid not to work.
Joey Holz found that the truth was more complicated.
"Holz saw a discrepancy between the rhetoric of employers and the facts on the ground in Ft. Myers," reported Alex Galbraith. "Many pointed to the expanded unemployment benefits as a reason they weren't seeing applicants, but jobless claims have steadily dropped and Florida ended the enhanced benefits several months before he even began applying."
In all, Holz got only one in-person interview from the 60 businesses claiming on social media they were understaffed — and during that one interview, "the business owner attempted to walk back the pay of $10/hour offered in the listing," he claimed
"Are they desperate for HELP? Yes, according to their loud lamentations on Facebook, but so far 1 interview (where the advertised hours and pay were misrepresented) after 58 applications says y'all aren't desperate for workers, you just miss your slaves," concluded Holz in a viral Facebook post.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has argued that what is happening in the labor market is not so much a "shortage" as a de facto general strike against low pay and poor working conditions. And indeed, data indicate that some sectors of the economy are being forced to raise wages this year.
Hacks, bugs and vulnerabilities: Trump's new social site plagued by problems -- and it hasn't even launched yet
There was a kind of "soft" launch overnight for former President Donald Trump's new social media site, TRUTH Social, but apparently, there are so many bugs that it may stall the actual launch.
Washington Post tech reporter Drew Harwell wrote an extensive thread on Twitter detailing the problems with the website from the terms of service to security and the accounts.
The website aims to allow people to post anything they want, regardless of whether or not it is true. It purports to welcome "varied opinions" so that families can come together.
Harwell pointed out that it's clear how angry Trump was that he lost his Twitter account because the Trump Media & Technology Group promotes his massive Twitter following in three slides and how many followers it had during the peak.
It was just a few months ago that top Trump aide Jason Miller launched his own social media site for conservatives called GETTR. He celebrates the new Trump site, saying that it will help contribute to bringing down Twitter and Facebook.
"Now Facebook and Twitter will lose even more market share," said Miller in a statement.
Meanwhile, the terms of service for Trump's site has a few problems that could apply to the ex-president himself. As the Post's Aaron Schaffer pointed out, it bans the "excessive use of capital letters," something that Trump was known to do frequently on Twitter.
As the social media site is gearing up for the launch, Harwell noted that he was able to create an account registering @MikePence. "The site hasn't even launched yet and it's already this vulnerable," he said.
DailyDot writer Mikael Thalen was able to register the name @DonaldTrump, as Trump's account is @DonaldJTrump.
Was just able to setup an account using the handle @donaldtrump on 'Truth Social,' former President Donald Trump's… https://t.co/oe0fddsrgB— Mikael Thalen (@Mikael Thalen) 1634784505.0
By about 11 p.m. EST, the former president's account on his own social media site had already been hacked, according to a Washington Post reporter. The avatar is the photo of him with his favorite taco bowl and a photo posted is of a hog with what appears to be a growth on its posterior.
Then, shortly after, the entire site seemed to have problems. Harwell tweeted a screen capture of the Account Settings saying, "You can no longer use your account, and your profile and other data are no longer accessible. You can still log in to request a backup of your data until the data is fully removed, but we will retain some data to prevent you from evading the suspension."
@MikaelThalen A hush falls upon TRUTH Social. https://t.co/HSKMTMlEMU— Drew Harwell (@Drew Harwell) 1634786279.0
Donald Trump Jr. told Fox News Wednesday evening that they intend to do a full launch in early 2022 and that the site is currently in beta testing.
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