Donald Trump the landlord and one of his tenants. Photo credit:  Trump The Movie

Suppressed Documentary Part 5: Birth of a Bully

Landlord Trump Shows Ugly Side Trying to Evict Tenants

After Trump buys an occupied apartment building in the early 1980s, he has only one problem: the tenants. They stand up to his attempt to bully them — and hand The Donald his first big loss.

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Riding high on the success of the Trump Tower, the budding mogul buys two more buildings in the same Manhattan neighborhood. The only problem is that one of them is occupied and he can’t just tear it down. Trump’s solution is to try to evict the tenants. But they fight back.

In previous chapters, the makers of the documentary describe Trump as a shrewd businessman who used his father’s connections to jumpstart his career. But this chapter shows him in a different light — as a bully and a sore loser.

Trump does everything he can to toss out the building’s occupants — up to the point of intimidation. But for once, he doesn’t get his way.

The following video is part of a documentary on Trump that was made a quarter century ago but never released.

The film has a gritty tabloid quality — and is, by definition, a period piece. While some “chapters” will be more explosive or longer than others, what the documentary reveals about Trump’s character and manner of operating is more relevant than ever. We dare you to watch this and say that, like Trump, you already “knew it all.”

From now until the first votes are cast in Iowa, we will stream “chapters” of it here.

This is Part 5 of 12.

Part 1 is available here.

Part 2 is available here.

Part 3 is available here.

Part 4 is available here.

Part 5 is available here.

Part 6 is available here.

Part 7 is available here.

Part 8 is available here.

Part 9 is available here.

Part 10 is available here.

Part 11 is available here.

Part 12 is available here.

Editor’s Note: At the request of the filmmakers, this post was updated on August 23, 2023, with a new link to the full documentary.


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