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Trump’s prized Doral golf course lost 69 percent of its income since 2015

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President Donald Trump’s prized Doral golf course is “severely underperforming,” according to a consultant trying to lower the Miami property tax bill.

The president has listed Doral in federal disclosures as his biggest moneymaker hotel, but its net operating income fell by 69 percent between 2015 and 2017, reported the Washington Post.

“There is some negative connotation that is associated with the brand,” tax consultant Jessica Vachiratevanurak told a Miami-Dade County official.

The Post obtained documents and video — provided by the company’s tax consultants to the county and are legally required to be accurate — under Florida’s public-records law that show the Trump Organization’s problems are bigger than previously known.

“Profitability is down across the board,” said financial analyst Michael Bellisario, who reviewed the documents. “It’s clearly underperforming their expectations.”

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The Trump Organization issued a statement that contradicted Vachiratevanurak, who represented the company, and blamed factors that had nothing to do with the president, such as the Zika virus in 2016 and hurricanes in 2016 and 2017.

Eric Trump, who runs his father’s day-to-day business, also contradicted what the company’s own data showed.

“This story is completely senseless,” Eric Trump told the Post in a statement. “Our iconic properties are the best in the world and our portfolio is unrivaled by anyone.”

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Last year, Eric Trump insisted Doral was “on fire,” but the golf course lost its PGA Tour event after Trump called Mexicans rapists and drug dealers at the outset of his presidential campaign.

The Doral’s legendary “Blue Monster” golf course had been popular with South American tourists, according to Eric Trump, but the slur against Latino immigrants stung and eventually cost Trump the pro event.

Cadillac, the tournament’s main sponsor, pulled out in 2016, and Doral never found another sponsor.

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The PGA Tour event left Trump’s golf course and moved to Mexico.


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George Takei opens up about being held in an internment camp — and his views on Trump

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At a time when comic books are regularly adapted into superhero movies, George Takei's new graphic memoir "They Called Us Enemy" involves heroes who would also work wonderfully on the silver screen. To be sure, the main characters don't wear colorful costumes or use superpowers, but they are heroes nonetheless — and what they do, in the face of evils no less than those posed by fictional villains, is pretty super too.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Joy Reid says Trump ‘pulled a full Charlottesville’ by ‘fanning the flames’ of racism and ethno-nationalism

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MSNBC anchor Joy Reid blasted President Donald Trump's racism during her opening segment while hosting "The Last Word" on MSNBC on Friday.

"That didn’t last long. Having read the talking points crammed into his hands by nervous Republicans for almost an entire day, Donald Trump pulled a full Charlottesville, praising his supporters who chanted 'Send Her Back' to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his North Carolina campaign rally as 'incredible patriots,'" Reid reported.

"Yep, 24-hours-ago, Trump -- per those nervous Republican talking points -- claimed that he disapproved of the racist chant about congresswoman Omar and even tried to stop it," she said. "He got nice headlines that claiming he was disavowing the chant from some of the news media who indulged in the false balance tick of pretending whatever the president said is true and it’s a given fact."

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Maddow revolted by child sex trafficking charges against Trump pal George Nader: ‘None of this is normal’

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow connected the dots between the President Donald Trump's administration and George Nader, who served time for child pornography prior to Trump's 2016 campaign and has subsequently been arrested on child sex trafficking charges.

"In what is an astonishingly scandal-ridden presidency, populated by an astonishingly strange cast of characters, he remains one of the most unsettling figures in all of Trump world. Again, to be clear, to disambiguate here, we are not talking about Jeffrey Epstein, seen here with the president, who is also now in custody awaiting child sex trafficking charges," Maddow explained. "No, this is a whole different guy who you can see in this picture with the president who is now in federal custody awaiting a different set of sex trafficking charges as well as serious child porn charges and not for the first time."

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