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A sequel to the 2011 film You’ve Been Trumped, British filmmaker Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped Too offers a reminder of Donald Trump’s shocking behaviour in Scotland while building his golf course there – when he shut off an elderly woman’s water supply and never restored it. Those who did not see the original piece will be granted insight into Trump’s character.
Most disturbing is his callousness and lack of compassion with regard to this lady, Molly Forbes, and her son. Rather than doing the honourable thing and restoring their water immediately, five years down the road he has fixed nothing and 92-year-old Molly must carry water from a stream in buckets to wash her dishes or herself; that’s her only way to benefit from running water.
Not only heartless and disrespectful, Trump breached a legal framework. His only response is denial – stating they “tried” to turn the water back on – and disdain toward these people for what he perceives to be their aesthetically deficient lifestyle, as if this could justifies a human rights violation.
The Aberdeen golf course project was fraught with blatant abuse, as environmental concerns were ignored and false promises made, such as pledging to provide 6,000 jobs there, which never materialised. Trump’s hypocrisy is glaring in his vowing to install “the best water system that the Forbes’s have ever had” and making the unbelievable statement “Molly Forbes reminds me of my mother, if you want to know the truth”. A snake oil salesman could not be more deceptive. Such practices reflect unfortunate cut-throat trends sometimes employed in the corporate world.
Baxter’s documentary asks the question: if Trump is so lacking in compassion towards people, so disregarding of their legal rights, and so inclined to make false promises, should anyone even consider his candidacy as President of the United States, the most influential position in the world? The concept brings to mind the film The Omen.
You’ve Been Trumped Too could use more material to flesh it out as it is quite repetitive, focusing primarily on Molly Forbes’s plight. While highlighting Trump’s character, the subject becomes worn after the first hour and more is needed to maintain interest, as the risk is that viewers might ask “is that all of it?” However, the message is clear: “The Donald” is an unscrupulous businessman and not presidential material.
You’ve Been Trumped Too is released in select cinemas on 4th November 2016.
Watch the trailer for You’ve Been Trumped Too here: