Monday, May 8, 2017

Money pouring in

Trump National Charlotte is a big wedding venue: "The Lakefront Ballroom is every bride’s dream come true. Nowhere else can you find a back wall of the reception hall open to a beautiful beach on Lake Norman. The bride and groom can even plan to enter and leave the reception by boat." It's certainly true that you can't find a wall open to a beach on Lake Norman anywhere other than on Lake Norman.
So golf writer (golf writer?!) James Dodson, hawking a newly published memoir (The Range Bucket List: The Golf Adventure of a Lifetime) on WBUR radio in Boston, was telling the interviewer about his day with the future president on the future president's Trump National Golf Club Charlotte, sometime in early 2014, when he was wondering where Trump was getting the $100 million he claimed to have to finance the purchase of all those golf courses in the middle of the Great Recession, and asked young Grand Duke Eric about it:
"So when I got in the cart with Eric," Dodson says, "as we were setting off, I said, 'Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks — because of the recession, the Great Recession — have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.' And this is what he said. He said, 'Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.' I said, 'Really?' And he said, 'Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.' Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting."
Indeed it was. So you've heard about that. What I thought was funny was the reaction of some of the reactionary brethren, like Fox News's Brit Hume, to whom the whole concept of Trump being in debt to a Russian bank seemed completely unfamiliar:

That actually seems like kind of a lot of evidence, Brit. Coming over an eight-year period from three sources in unrelated circumstances, and it's hard to see why the three of them would all want to be lying about this. Circumstantial evidence, to be sure, and there's no way of knowing for sure without some hard documentation such as might be seen in Trump's tax returns. Remind me again why it is that we can't see Trump's tax returns?

The groom approaches the Lakefront Ballroom, pulled by a trusty swan. Lohengrin kitsch postcard from ca. 1900, via Wikipedia.

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