Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump has a shady history of not paying people for work that they do. As recently as Monday Hillary brought an architect that had been stiffed out of $100,000 by Trump. Until now, these stories have been all hearsay, there was no way to put a face to any of these stories. Now a series of ads has been released telling the story of 3 different contractors who all tell an identical story about Trump. They completed their work and then they weren’t paid, and the amounts are consistently significant.
Via MotherJones: The effort was inspired by a June USA Today article that reported that Donald Trump has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits, with many of them involving contractors and individuals who claimed that Trump or his companies had not paid them for the work and services they provided. This story bolstered one of the anti-Trump themes of the 2016 campaign: that this guy is a cheapskate who screws the folks who work for him. In fact, in February, Kellyanne Conway, months before becoming Trump’s campaign manager, denounced Trump on this front, saying he had “actually built a lot of his businesses on the backs of the little guy” and had a history of “not paying contractors after [they’ve] built something” for Trump. And at the first debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee asked Trump, “[Do the] people that you have stiffed over the course of your business not deserve some kind of apology from someone who has taken their labor, taken the goods that they’ve produced and then refused to pay them?” Trump, replying to one case, huffed, “Maybe he didn’t do a good job, and I was unsatisfied with his work.”