Donald Trump Jr. — who is overseeing his famous father’s pledge to
deliver “the greatest golf course in the world” on the windswept shorelines of
Aberdeenshire, Scotland — recently said that he “wasn’t worried in the slightest” about
the threat of legal action from disgruntled locals slowing the course’s
progress. In as little as 18 months, DTJ said, the links could be open for
only his old man were so cheerful.
Donald last night unleashed a startlingly bruising attack on Michael Forbes, a salmon
fisherman and quarryman who has made a stand against the resort. The diatribe, released in a written statement from Trump’s New York office, came after
Forbes’s elderly mother Molly filed paperwork to prevent the local council from
seizing the land occupied by her caravan, which is parked next to her son’s
who claims Molly is being exploited to further her son's "personal
vendetta" against him, has never been one to temper his opinions but even
by his jarringly forthright standards, this rant cut deep.
Trump dismissed Michael Forbes as “the local village idiot” who "has always been dirty, sloppy
and unkempt in his personal appearance and demeanor.
property is a disgusting blight on the community and an environmental hazard,
with leaking oil containers, rusted shacks and abandoned vehicles dumped
everywhere. It is a very poor image and representation for the world to see of Scotland.
he is a terrible representative for Scotland, whenever the cameras are rolling,
he parades in front of the press looking groomed and wearing a kilt — he truly
enjoys the attention that he would never have received without Donald Trump. In
a recent television interview that was broadcast in the United States, Mr. Forbes made Scotland and its people look terrible. He is a loser who is
seriously damaging the image of both Aberdeenshire and his great country.
of wasting the court’s resources, he should spend time cleaning up his land so
it does not look like a slum — and a low-level slum at that. Perhaps he thinks
that by creating an eyesore I will pay more for his land.”
to The Guardian newspaper: Trump's attack has significantly increased the
likelihood that he will ask Aberdeenshire council to use its powers to
compulsorily purchase Forbes's 23 acres of land, outbuildings and home, and the
homes of two other residents, to enable him to demolish every property within
the resort's boundaries unnecessary to his development.
Forbes said: "I never expected in my life to face eviction from my home,
let alone for a golf course. This is not a battle I would ever have sought, but
Mr Trump and Aberdeenshire council should know that I will never give up, and I
urge them to think again."
This could get ugly. Well, uglier.