Opinion: Trump’s Eminent Domain Problem

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For months, I have mostly tried to stay out of the Iowa Caucus other than defending Donald Trump against what I felt was an unfair attack on him by the Des Moines Register.  The media has built him up and then attacked him in such a way that unintentionally kept him a front-runner for the GOP nomination.  When candidates attacked Trump, they went down in the polls.  Despite criticism of him, Trump is very smart.  He knows how to use the media and talking points to his favor and treating him like he is dumb has backfired.

There is one issue that could have hurt Trump, but it was mostly ignored and that is Trump’s eminent domain problem.  In the 1990’s, Donald Trump used the heavy hand of the state to try to take an elderly woman’s house away from her when she refused to sell it to him so he could build a limousine parking lot for a casino. David Boaz explains more in his article:

Trump turned to a government agency – the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) – to take Coking’s property. CRDA offered her $250,000 for the property – one-fourth of what another hotel builder had offered her a decade earlier. When she turned that down, the agency went into court to claim her property under eminent domain so that Trump could pave it and put up a parking lot.

In the video below, John Stossel called Trump a bully for using government to take someone’s else property for his own economic benefit:

I can guarantee that property rights is going to continue to be an issue for the next administration to face as we see pipelines get built that benefit private companies and as we watch abuse of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 2005 Kelo decision which allows government to take private property for economic development which Trump told Fox News “I happen to agree with it 100 percent.”

At one point, conservatives and Republicans would be protesting a candidate that supported eminent domain abuse by big government, but today they are silent on the topic.   I’m not suggesting that you support or not support Donald Trump, but we at least need to do some proper vetting before we cast our votes to nominate someone that could be the next President of the United States.  The media and Trump’s opponents talking about who Trump called ugly this week or where a reporter’s blood is flowing from is not proper vetting for the serious issues of the Presidency.

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