Donald Trump Shared a Bullshit Story About Sean Connery. Then Scottish Officials Called Him Out.

Brady Langmann
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Photo credit: New York Daily News Archive
Photo credit: New York Daily News Archive

From Esquire

According to Donald Trump, Donald Trump has many, many friends. Donald Trump often likes to talk about his many, many friends, telling stories of deals closed together, golf courses conquered one waddling step at a time.

But they aren’t always true. Case in point: After the death of former James Bond actor Sean Connery over the weekend, Trump launched into a story that wasn’t so much as a tribute to Connery, as much as it was a brag about a development he built in Scotland. In the tweet, Trump refers to a golf resort he built in the country starting in 2007. Before you get to Trump’s account, know the real story: A local council tried to block it, until the Scottish government overrode their decision citing economic benefits. But Donnie told it a little differently:

It might not surprise you to hear: An official who presided over the committee that initially blocked Trump’s plans, Martin Ford, called bullshit on the story to The Guardian shortly after Trump’s tweet. “Mr. Connery was not involved in the due process that led to the granting of planning permission for a golf resort at Menie,” Ford said. “He did not submit a letter of representation to the council, appear at the planning hearing, or at the public local inquiry.” Now, if you don’t want to take the word of someone who, you know, was there, take it from the former first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, who joined in with Ford in a statement to The National on Sunday.

“Scotland and much of the world is mourning the loss of a great spirit. Sean Connery’s contribution and life’s work was immense, real and lasting and everyone with an ounce of class is reflecting upon just that today,” said Salmond. “Tributes are great from all sources but this is not a time for tweeting silly claims or indeed responding to them.”

So, yeah—DJT stirring shit with a country 3,000-some miles away, only a few days before the election. Sounds about right. We'll side with Scotland on this one.

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