“Replacing the Word ‘Integritas,’ Latin for Integrity, With ‘Trump'”
Donald Trump has no problem co-opting the rightful creations of others. During his presidential campaign, many artists â€“ including Adele, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, R.E.M., and Aerosmith â€“Â demanded he stop playing their music during his rallies, some forced to threaten lawsuits after repeated attempts to get him to stop. He stiffed the owner of a small music store in the sale of $100,000 of pianos, finally paying him a fraction of their worth. A lengthy USA Today exposÃ© last year revealed accusations that Trump “stole” the work of hundreds of peopleÂ â€“ “Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesnâ€™t pay his bills,” including, “a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey.Â A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.”
â€” Trump Golf (@TrumpGolf) January 18, 2017
And now, The New York Times reveals “Trumpâ€™s American coat of arms belongs to another family. It was granted by British authorities in 1939 to Joseph Edward Davies, the third husband of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the socialite who built the Mar-a-Lago resort that is now Mr. Trumpâ€™s cherished getaway.”
In the United States, the Trump Organization took Mr. Daviesâ€™s coat of arms for its own, making one small adjustment â€” replacing the word â€œIntegritas,â€ Latin for integrity, with â€œTrump.â€
Joseph D. Tydings, a Democrat and former United States senator from Maryland who is the grandson of Mr. Davies, learned that Mr. Trump was using the emblem, at least at Mar-a-Lago, when he visited the property. Mr. Trump had never asked permission.
â€œThere are members of the family who wanted to sue him,â€ said Mr. Tydings, a lawyer who wears his familyâ€™s coat of arms on a ring. â€œThis is the first Iâ€™ve ever heard about it being used anywhere else.â€
Add all this to Trump’s quixotic love of all-things Russia, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, perhaps American citizens should not be surprised thatÂ Joseph Edward Davies “once served as ambassador to the Soviet Union,” the Times notes.
â€” Trump Golf (@TrumpGolf) September 23, 2016
“There is one historical parallel between Mr. Trump and Mr. Davies,” the Times concludes. “Both men were controversially pro-Russian. Mr. Davies, who played an important role as a go-between for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Soviets, hasÂ been criticizedÂ for being taken in by Stalinâ€™s propaganda machine.”
All this, along with the fact that Mar-a-Lago’sÂ Marjorie Merriweather Post wanted the estate to officiallyÂ be used as the “Winter White House,” makes Trump’s purchase of the property and co-opting ofÂ Joseph Edward Davies’ Coat of Arms all the more strange.
Some responses via Twitter:
Trump stole family crest from Post’s Mar a Lago villa replacing ‘Integrity’ w/ ‘Trump’. Same as 2017 White House! https://t.co/Ieg4Ein1zm
â€” Alex Clemente (@AJCNY) May 29, 2017
Early study of a heraldic weasel for true Trump family coat of arms pic.twitter.com/ykhY8wbxpF
â€” Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 29, 2017
IOW Trump copied his Mar-a-Lago coat of arms from Stalin’s most stalwart U.S. government apologist. https://t.co/8SODr82DRS
â€” Farran Nehme (@selfstyledsiren) May 29, 2017
Trump even stole a coat of arms from family which owned a golf resort he bought. No imagination or integrity to get his own, just steal one.
â€” Scott Knowles (@wsrphoto) May 29, 2017
â€” Beatrice Krivatsy (@BKrivatsy) May 29, 2017Â
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Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Knowingly Defrauded Condo Buyers — and Wriggled Out of Prosecution, New Book Charges
“Coordinated, deliberate and knowing effort to deceive buyers”
President Donald Trump’s two eldest children knowingly took part in a fraud scheme to sell luxury condominiums, according to a new book about the family’s business.
The family’s dealings around the Trump SoHo project fell under criminal investigation, which was dropped in 2011, but the new book American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps And The Marriage Of Money And Power reveals email correspondence that appears to show Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump engaged in fraud, reported The Guardian.
“(Email evidence) showed a coordinated, deliberate and knowing effort to deceive buyers,” wrote journalist and author Andrea Bernstein. “In one email, the Trumps discussed how to coordinate false information they had given to prospective buyers. Because the sales levels had been overstated at the beginning of the sales process, any statement showing a lower level could reveal the untruths.”
Trump previewed the 46-story tower in lower Manhattan during a 2006 episode of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” but sales proved disappointing — especially after business partner Felix Sater’s criminal past was revealed.
Only about 15 percent to 30 percent of the units had been sold by the start of 2009, according to figures filed with state and federal agencies, but the future president’s children presented a rosier picture in public.
Ivanka Trump told Reuters in June 2008 that 60 percent of them had been sold, and Trump Jr. told Real Deal magazine in April 2009 that 55 percent of units had sold, according to Bernstein.
Buyers later sued Trump, complaining that they had been defrauded by inflated sales claims, and the Manhattan district attorney’s office then began a criminal investigation of the case.
Appeals Court Rules Against President – Refuses to Block House Subpoena for Trump’s Financial Records
A Second Circuit Court of Appeals panel has just refused a motion from President Donald Trump asking it to block a House subpoena for his financial records. The subpoena orders two entities, Deutsche Bank and Capital One, to hand over Trump’s financial documents.
The Washington Post reports the court’s ruling states “the public interest favors denial” of the president’s requested injunction.
The court has stayed its decision for seven days to give Trump time to request an extension.
This is the second time a federal appeals curt has refused to block a request for Trump’s financial documents.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Two Republicans Charged With Election Fraud in Ohio
Two Republicans, including a candidate for local office and a County Republican Party official have been charged with election fraud in Marion, Ohio.
The GOP candidate for Marion City Auditor, Robert Landon, and Marion County Republican Party official John Matthews have both been charged with distributing phony sample ballots, according to ABC6 News. “A party official or candidate handing out a sample ballot could face up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine if convicted.”
Noting that “Ohio law bans political parties or candidates from handing out sample ballots,” ABC6 News reports they “look just like a sample ballot a voter could get from the county board of elections but it has boxes highlighting where the Republican candidates are.”
In 2015, according to The Columbus Dispatch, Matthews served as GOP county chairman and pleaded guilty to doing work for Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign while he was supposed to be working at a six-figure government job.
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