Bills must be paid in advance — a good policy for this administration


There’s going to be some kind of ridiculous Trump rally in Minneapolis tomorrow — I reserved two seats, but somehow, I don’t think my butt is going to be filling them. The Minneapolis mayor has the right idea, though: he is billing the Trump campaign in advance for security and the venue. Smart move. Trump has a reputation for stiffing the cities he visits.

With impeachment threatening to end the Donald Trump gravy train, the white supremacist con man in chief is retreating to what he does best: holding fact-free campaign rallies. The problem with Trump’s rallies is that they cost a ton, and, as with everything Trump, the bill for them is never paid. Some cities, such as Orlando, have asked that the costs for the rallies be covered upfront. Minneapolis, Minnesota, is expecting a Trump Nazi rally on Thursday. It has reportedly sent a $500,000 bill to the campaign to cover security costs and the use of the Target Center. Early Tuesday morning, Trump began his usual childish Twitter attacks, this time against the “lightweight mayor” of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey. Retweeting his campaign manager Brad Parscale, Trump moaned about Frey trying to stop his rally. Of course, Frey isn’t stopping the rally; he’s merely being proactive and fiscally responsible in trying to get his constituents reimbursed ahead of time, due to the Trump campaign’s history of stiffing or shorting cities on huge security bills.

Of course, Trump’s countermove is to threaten to sue the city, claiming the bill is inflated. I suspect it’s a conservative estimate. I wouldn’t want to be driving around the city tomorrow.

The city said it reached the $530,000 estimate based on the methodology it used to determine the costs of past major events, like the 2018 Super Bowl and Final Four. The public safety expenses are expected to be around $400,000 and the other $130,000 would be the result of lane closure fees, traffic control and various other costs, Minneapolis spokesman Casper Hill said in an e-mail Tuesday.

The Trump campaign said in the statement that if the city does not agree to honor the contract by 11 a.m. Tuesday that they would go to court.

You know, he never intends to pay what he owes, ever.

Comments

  1. Akira MacKenzie says

    Early Tuesday morning, Trump began his usual childish Twitter attacks, this time against the “lightweight mayor” of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey.

    Ah, insulting the mayor of the city hosting your inane rally for Redneck trash! That the “class” that epitomizes the Trump family!

  2. devnll says

    Given that he never pays his bills, and appears to never have any intention of paying his bills, it’s sort of weirdly petty that he feels the need to argue over the price that he has no intention pf paying anyways.

  3. Larry says

    The Trump campaign said in the statement that if the city does not agree to honor the contract by 11 a.m. Tuesday that they would go to court.

    Bring it on, orange man. No convention center for you until the lawsuit is adjudicated.

  4. Robert Serrano says

    @gijoel:
    But what could the snakes have possibly done to warrant such a punishment?

  5. says

    Portland spent one million to keep things calm last month when the proud boys and patriots prayer held their rally here. Minneapolis is getting off easy at barely over half that. Still, I like the Mayor’s attitude about all of it. I really hope Minneapolis sticks to their guns. They don’t need that kind of filth.

  6. wzrd1 says

    Nonsense and poppycock! I must be permitted to bankrupt entire cities, lest they challenge me!
    What democracy? Show me a popular vote winning an election!
    Win at all costs, even my own loss, said King Pyrrhus and he defeated the Romans, repeatedly.
    Or something.

  7. Kagehi says

    I don’t know.. Given the (channeling Trump) “Huge. Absolutely wonderful. Totally unbelievable. You just have to see them.”, rallies he and his allies have had in the past the estimates might be over inflated for his rally, even if it would be a sensible number for anyone else. Then again, as SC suggests, we might need twice that to defend the general public from Trump’s “defenders”.

  8. says

    Cheetolini’s logic, as learnt from his time in “business”:

    1) Unpaid and unacknowledged bills don’t count as debt.
    2) If you can delay long enough, creditors will write it off.

  9. komarov says

    Re: devnll (#3):

    You start off by pretending the bill was unreasonable to begin with, then you run out the door without paying a single cent…

    …because the bill was completely unreasonable.

    I’m guessing once you have enough money this no longer results in you feeling ashamed or being hauled off to jail – or the kitchen, to work off your debt.

    Re: Saad (#16):

    That’s what I was wondering too. I’m sort of hoping for video clips of Trump standing in front of locked doors at the venue – windows dark, prominent “closed” sign on display – with many a shrug from his entourage. Wishful thinking to say the least, but finally a video of that guy I’d consider watching.

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