The Donald Versus Superman
When Donald Trump bought a plot of land on Manhattan’s West Side, he had a grandiose vision of constructing the world’s tallest building. But a celebrity-led coalition of New Yorkers stood up to him.
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The winning streak that Donald Trump had enjoyed on his home turf in New York was snapped just as he tried to implement his grandest plan of all: Always looking to be ever more “HUGE”, Trump had sought to construct the world’s tallest building in the city.
But the residents of Manhattan’s West Side where the massive tower was to be built, are not fans of HUGE. They wanted nothing to do with the project, and collectively put an end to it.
It is ironic that, as a developer in the 1980s, Trump was regularly successful in browbeating and cajoling those in power to bend to his will — but was, on multiple occasions, stopped by ordinary Americans. Now we see the reverse: As a politician, he has managed to excite a large segment of ordinary Americans with his populist message — but gained very little traction with those in power.
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 11 of 12.
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.