March 4, 2024

When I saw that he said this over the weekend, I wondered what the fool he was talking about. Uh, Biden is president NOW, not Trump, and he’s sure not making any moves to RENAME A STATE. Hah. Second thought was, has he never read a book about William Penn? I did see that the National Park Service had a proposal to renovate Welcome Park and take down a statue of William Penn but rescinded it, rightly so, I think, after asking for public comment. The point there is that they did not unilaterally remove the statue, etc and a president of the United States would not have power to rename a state. LOL! Third thought was, what in the world would make him even say something stupid like that? Occurs to me that maybe he, in his weak brain, dwells on the fact that so many times his Trump branded properties have had his name removed and set to something else and he’s upset about that. Like

The Waldorf Astoria in Washington DC that was rebranded from the Trump International Hotel.

New York City’s Ice skating rinks that removed his name from their signage. Curbed

Wollman Rink, you could perhaps argue, is one of the few good things Trump has ever done for the public. But to say he did it out of anything other than self-interest would be falling into the publicity trap he had set for everyone back then, before he was widely acknowledged as a pathological liar and a narcissist. “I mean, c’mon, it’s a skating rink,” the conservative writer Julia Vitullo-Martin, who worked in the Parks Department at the time, told Bloomberg in 2015. “Any halfway decent construction person would have been able to build the damn thing.” Adrian Benepe, then the department’s spokesperson and later its commissioner, said the project was largely complete by the time Trump took over. The city, not Trump, paid for the actual reconstruction. And if there were any lingering doubt about Trump’s stated good intentions, a review in 2007 by city comptroller William Thompson found that Trump’s operation had underreported its revenue by $106,608, thus shortchanging the city. The city stripped Trump’s name from the rink in 2019.

Side note on that, that Trump’s CEO’s son Barry Weisselberg was in charge of the ice rink.

Former president Donald Trump’s company paid a skating rink manager more than $200,000 in annual salary, $40,000 yearlybonuses and provided free company-owned apartments for his family, according to testimony of the employee, Barry Weisselberg, and his financial documents.

Six of Trump place residential buildings in New York’s Upper West Side dropped his name in 2019. Washington Post

Trump had grand dreams for the site. He envisioned a “Television City” of studio buildings, or a “Trump City” of residential buildings, according to a history of the site in Politico.

Neither of those came true. Trump instead sold most of his stake to Hong Kong business executives, who built a string of residential buildings along the Hudson River, starting in the 1990s. Trump kept the contract to manage most of the buildings, and he saw his name go up on six of them.

The name stayed up through Trump’s turn to scorched-earth politics, through his false accusation that President Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen, and through a presidential campaign in which Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and was heard on a video bragging about groping women without their consent. In other parts of Trump’s business, old clients and business partners parted ways with him in this period.

Then Trump won. And, at Trump Place, the signs began to come down

Trump SoHo Hotel (New York City) removed his name in 2017 Bloomberg

The perfect hotel with an imperfect name, that is. “Seven out of eight times people would say, ‘I’m not staying at a Trump Hotel’ when I suggested it,” Ezon says. LeBron James was one such guest; NBA players once loved the hotel for its extra-long beds, but the then-star of the Cleveland Cavaliers prominently refused to stay there with his teammates.

Now, Ezon says, former naysayers are back to booking the Dominick’s presidential suite: “Change the name on the door, and boom.”

Trump Hotel Toronto Canada removed his name in 2017 Fortune

When the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto, Canada went into receivership (essentially, bankruptcy) in the summer of 2017, the first thing the investment group that bought it did was chip off the giant gold letters identifying it with the brand of the current president of the United States.

Trump Hotel Panama dropped his name in 2018. (Why Panama? Owners of the hotel said Trump’s company was evading taxes, which, hah, is on-brand for Trump) Here’s a lawsuit on that, not sure if it’s still going on but involved fraud by Trump.

Now, the hotel is a Marriott. But Trump’s company and Fintiklis are still suing each other for millions in damages, with each accusing the other of breaching their prior agreements.

In Monday’s filing, Fintiklis said he was able to examine the hotel’s books after ejecting Trump employees, and those books showed that the Trump Organization was not paying Panama the required 12.5 percent tax on the management fees it collected to run the hotel. Fintiklis said Trump’s company also avoided taxes by underreporting the salaries it paid to hotel employees.

In the filing, Fintiklis does not give a dollar figure for the amount of taxes Trump allegedly evaded. But he says his company could now face “millions of dollars in liability” if Panama demands that it pay the taxes Trump did not. Fintiklis also asserts that the Panamanian authorities have audited the hotel’s books and “identified the failure to withhold and pay income taxes relating to Trump’s management fees.”

This reminds me of Ozmandias

I met a traveller from an antique land,

Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal, these words appear:

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

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