Monday, September 28, 2015

Trump, the perlocutionary effect

What follows might make the hair on the back of your neck stand up if you happen to live or work in one of Trumps "vast holdings overseas."

CBS 60 Minutes / Scott Pelley interview with Donald Trump / Sept. 27, 2015:

Trump: ... And I deal with governments all the time. I have, overseas, I have vast holdings overseas.

Pelley: What is the role of the U.S. military in the world?

Donald Trump: I want to have a military that's so strong, so powerful, so modern, has the greatest equipment in the world and that everybody says, "We're not gonna mess with them." And we don't have that now.

I mean, a President of the United States that owns golf courses and buildings and hotels in Turkey and Dubai and Panama, the Philippines and Israel. Not to mention holdings in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and so on. Can you imagine what kind of a target those holdings would become in the event Trump were to become the next President of the United States. Each one would become a destination for trophy hunting terrorists of all kinds. Exactly the kind of people who might decide to "mess with them."

Another sign of the city’s growing appetite for luxury real estate was the launch, last year, of the US$400 million twin-tower complex Trump Istanbul, the firm’s first foray into the European market. Situated in the commercial heart of the cultural capital, the project will include some 204 apartments, ranging in price from US$600,000 to US$6 million. - [Source / July 2013]

I wouldn't want to live or work in a building with the President of the United States' name over the door especially if that president was someone as antagonistic as Trump... not in this day and age.

If there is one good reason for Trump to give up his vain attempt to win the presidency it might be to spare all those people who live in, work in and visit his "vast holdings" around the world the possibility that they might one day become sitting ducks in a high value target simply because the shiny twenty foot high block letters bolted to the building scream TRUMP.

This is one reason why politicians - and not tactless international celebrity real estate playboys - should manage government.

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