Trump’s Presidential Bid Stirs Controversy

Donald Trump is certainly no stranger to controversy in Scotland.

His Trump International Golf Links Scotland development near Aberdeen has raised issues of environmental impact and alleged bullying of Scottish locals who refused to sell their land to Trump, along with his opposition to plans for an offshore wind farm, which he said would spoil scenic views.

The brash American billionaire is now running for president of the United States.  A Fox News national poll published earlier this week places Trump second for the Republican Party nomination, behind only former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

And Trump’s campaign, just two weeks old, is already embroiled in strife.

During his presidential campaign kickoff speech last week, Trump described immigrants from Mexico as “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” He followed that by stating his support for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Latino community in the U.S. responded to Trump with an explosion of anger. Univision, the nation’s leading Spanish-language network, announced it will drop the Miss USA pageant from its UniMas network and sever its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization.  That organization produces the Miss USA pageant and is partly owned by Trump.


Then it was legendary musician Neil Young’s turn to take a shot at the candidate.  Young objected to the use of one of his songs at Trump’s campaign announcement.

“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” announced Young’s manager, “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

Trump has responded with counter-attacks on both fronts.

First of all, he plans on suing Univision for breach of contract.  And regarding Neil Young, Trump blasted the singer on Twitter and called him a “total hypocrite.”   He added, “A few months ago Neil Young came to my office looking for $$ on an audio deal & called me last week to go to his concert. Wow!”

Keep on rockin’, Donald!

Statement of interests:  Paul McCarthy is an American “geek” with a keen interest in British and Scottish politics.