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While access journalists at New York Times, Meet the Press and elsewhere “both sides” matters of life-and-death within this administration*, Donald Trump—in policy, real estate, service and company he keeps—is dangerous to your health. Let’s look at some of the more important ways, and feel free to add your own in the comments below.
Dodging roaches at Trump Grill (or is it Grille?)
— Will’s Adam Schiff Dance Party 6 feat. Sia (@bywillpollock) December 16, 2016
Donald had a meltdown after Vanity Fair published “Trump Grill could be the worst restaurant in America,” because Donald’s frightened by true reporting. Details are scary: burger tasted like “MSG-flavored kitchen sponge lodged between two other sponges.” A sampled Bloody Mary was more like “chunky cocktail sauce.” After reviewing, writer Tina Nguyen said “as soon as I got home, I brushed my teeth twice and curled up in bed until the nausea passed.” Staying true to form, nobody knows if it’s called Trump “Grill” or “Grille” because signage/branding is inconsistent.
Bring an exterminator pal when visiting Trump Tower
Ever heard of “filth flies” before? Me neither. Sounds more like a rejected horror movie but stank bugs with wings actually happened in Trump Tower kitchen. Also, employees were busted wearing soiled garments and no hair nets. Infractions too many to list here. I get it, Trump Tower is in Manhattan, where rodents are a constant problem. But still, writes Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA, there was “evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.” Other reports cited backed up sewage and other repeated health hazards.
Living dangerously at Trump Tower
Donald is famous for not paying bills—he currently owes at least $900K for his Klan rallies across the country—but Donald was too cheap and careless to install sprinklers at Trump Tower (to say nothing of the illegal Polish laborers he used to build it). That safety omission literally killed a resident and injured six firefighters. How many other Donald Properties operate without sprinklers? I’ll do some digging and report back if I find anything.
MarALago is a 5-star shithole
What type of gross bugs are hiding in the dark layers of Donald’s luscious “beautiful” chocolate cake at MarALago? Totally fair question given that Winter White House* (LOL) has been cited for myriad health violations in past years. Restaurant ham stored at a balmy 57º; and delicious smoked salmon with no parasite decontamination. Rust, mold and improper employee hand-washing facilities, too—and those are the infractions we know about. No wonder Donald gets so defensive about his tony Florida getaway.
Think twice about swimming at a Trump property
I found an *actual* swamp that needs draining: Click over to this QZ.com piece detailing shocking conditions of Trump’s Florida pools. Justin Rohrlich reports that “violations were so serious that Trump’s Florida properties were forced to close their pools by health inspectors 10 times over the past 12 months,” adding that “improper pH and chlorine levels… can lead to conditions that permit the spread of gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, and neurological illnesses.” Montezuma’s Revenge without having to fly to Mexico.
White House* vermin in good company
Donald Trump called the White House “a real dump” but compared to other shitholes carrying his name I’d expect Donald to feel right at home. To be completely fair, White House has the same issue as Manhattan whereby hundred-years-old structures are bound to be overrun with unwanted critters. Based on the Law of Attraction I’ll just say the infestation is noted and perfect.
Donald’s deadly ‘no tolerance’ policy for asylum-seekers
“You have no idea how hard it to move forward without my daughter. It feels like they tore out my soul.” At least six migrant children have died as a result of Donald’s immigration policy, which started under Jeff Sessions and continued apace after his departure. These are blatant war crimes and human-rights abuses happening right under our noses and, given the tsunami of scandal coming out of Donald’s white house it’s hard to keep track of them all. Just today we got news of lawsuits alleging systemic sexual abuse of separated asylum-seeking children by federally funded foster care.
Donald acquaintances tend to get suicide-y
Longtime Donald pal Jeff Epstein recently died in police custody at a Manhattan correctional facility. Many of the explanations and stories about his “suicide” don’t add up, and conspiracy theories abound. Suffice to say Epstein’s demise is very convenient for powerful men who wanted to avoid scrutiny of their pervy ways. Authorities should be sending document-preservation orders to that facility and I’m a bit shocked it hasn’t happened already. Meanwhile, let’s not forget the 2016 “suicide” of Peter W. Smith, GOP operative to worked with Mike Flynn to find and release some fictional tranche of Hillary’s emails. Explanations for his suicide have never made sense to me and I doubt we’ll ever get the full story.
Donald causes anxiety across the country
Since Donald was elected installed by Russia in Nov. 2016—even before that, leading up to the election—studies and anecdotal evidence say Trump has been terrible for Americans’ mental wellness. Nearly 70% of respondents to a 2018 study reported seeing the future of the country as a significant stressor. Some sexual-assault survivors were triggered by Access Hollywood’s tape of Donald bragging about grabbing women by the privates; since then, an abundance of sex-abuse stories (here, here and here) have presumably re-traumatized victims again. Trump’s Klan rallies are presumably a rush for his small cadre of MAGA worshippers but for everyone on Earth 1 he’s a big source of stress and instability. His own mental fitness/stability has been called into question because… (see final item)
Donald is a walking/talking call-to-arms
Here we have “inspiration” that most sane folks would never seek: instilling fear and rage in susceptible, violent people that they buy guns and attempt to murder people. El Paso, MAGA Bomber, Pittsburgh Synagogue, Gilroy Garlic Festival, Poway Synagogue (to name just a few) have all been connected back to Donald’s stoking white-supremacist base with cries of “invasion“—coming from some fictitious land where brown people seek to do us harm. While President Obama would visit scenes of mass-shootings and try to heal and unify, Donald ratchets-up his racist calls-to-arms.
Rats, roaches, health violations and suspicious deaths follow Donald around like a bad hair day. No word on whether Donald will add warning labels outside places bearing his name. 🇨
UPDATE: Twitter pal Eugene W posted this disgusting tidbit about a visitor to Trump Doral getting attacked by bedbugs during 2016—which was obviously a snapshot of his slum-lord status during the campaign. Make sure to have a tetanus shot next time you make the poor decision to visit a Donald “resort.” According to the complaint Donald’s lawyers blamed the bedbug attack *on the victim* because Donald is too delicate to accept blame. For anything.
UPDATE 2: via Scott Bixby, Florida health inspectors are working overtime to flunk Donald’s properties on health-code violations. In this case, we have supremely gross conditions at Doral, which is where Donald would like to please host the G7 next year.
Florida authorities reported 524 health-code violations at Doral from 2013 to 2018, including “20-25 live roaches… on the walls, baseboards and floors in the kitchen food prep area” and “live, small flying insects… in the kitchen and dishwasher room.” https://t.co/N6y47FG3hg https://t.co/HuKx18jjFb
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) August 27, 2019
Will Pollock is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-wining Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.
In 2001, Will earned his Masters from The Medill School of Journalism, graduating with highest honors from the magazine sequence. As permanent member of Journalism’s National Honors Society, he’s been active in monitoring, writing and blogging about media and journalism ever since he graduated.
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