On Friday, CNN reported that former President Donald Trump's "gold-plated" private Boeing 757 is idling at an airport in Orange County, New York, just north of Manhattan, in a state of advanced disrepair that he doesn't appear willing to spend the money to fix.
"One engine is missing parts. The other is shrink-wrapped in plastic," reported Kate Bennett and Pete Muntean. "The cost to fix and get it flyable could reach well into the high six-figures, a price-tag Trump doesn't appear to be dealing with right now. Though the current state of his finances aren't public, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the hospitality industry home to so many of his businesses."
The report immediately drew attention from commenters on social media, many of whom found the sorry state of Trump's plane hilarious.
He's too broke to fix it.
— It is I (@get_offme) March 20, 2021
I don't know which is funnier, that Trump has a 30 yr old mothballed jet that used to be owned by a budget Mexican airline or that he couldn't pay a few thousand a month to keep it maintained, to the point that it can't even fly.
— Denise "Biden 46" Wheeler (@denisedwheeler) March 20, 2021
Like most things in his orbit, he probably does not “own" it, is ignoring his debts on it, and will leave others holding the bag at the end of the day. It was always a symbol of ego, not wealth.
— Michael Engleman (@Engleman_Energy) March 19, 2021
that will end up being sold for scrap to cover his hair dye and spray tan needs.
— TheRealRedBaron (@The__Red_Baron) March 19, 2021
Once a symbol of wealth and prestige, Donald Trump is now idle, in disrepair, for the next few years will be lip-synching Toby Keith songs to a small gathering of family hangers-on at his shabby palace in Florida.
— MartinRapisarda (@MartinRapisarda) March 19, 2021
Maybe he can sell it for scraps to help pay for his numerous criminal and civil lawsuits that are coming? Lol
— RJ (@RJnABQ) March 19, 2021
I'm not a mechanic but I know problems are bigger with that plane than they let on. Like with a car. Belts, hoses, gaskets etc dry rot and need to be replaced. If that plane were to fly, it would come down hard
— Gary wants the former guy indicted now🇺🇸 (@gscucci) March 20, 2021
his Save America super pac is flush with millions in small donations from big lie fund raising, surely this gilded bird will fly again https://t.co/zaGvj6kEaN
— John P. Jones (@J_PaulJones) March 19, 2021
The values this plane and indeed Trump stands for are so SAD.
We should celebrate those who care for our planet and well being, not those who concentrate wealth and power just to flatter their own ego.
— GetReal (@CommonSenseOnEU) March 20, 2021
It was the airplane equivalent of a 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood BEFORE he let it sit for 4 years. It's still a 90 Fleetwood, but now it's the kind with saggy rear suspension and half the grill missing.
— Pepper Persifor (@PPersifor) March 20, 2021