Watch the 1991 Documentary Donald Trump Didn't Want Anyone to See
The long-suppressed 'Trump: What’s the Deal?' is now available to be streamed online.
By Sola Agustsson / alternet.org
Sep 9, 2015
In 1988, business mogul Leonard Stern commissioned a television documentary to be made about Donald Trump, but the film was never aired because Trump managed to prevent its circulation.

“He did everything he could to suppress this documentary,” producer Libby Handros said. “And back in the day when we made the film, there were only a handful of networks. You had a few independent entities, but everything was controlled by big corporations, the three networks. And Donald was threatening lawsuits and stuff and they just didn’t need to take that on, even if the lawsuit would have no merit in the end.”

The documentary, Trump: What’s the Deal? is now available to be streamed online here.

“Now that Trump is running for president, it is time for the American people to meet the real Donald and learn how he does business. The old Trump and the new Trump? They're the same Trump,” notes the film’s website.

Trump: What’s the Deal? chronicles the real-estate developer and presidential hopeful’s rise to power. His self-described “addiction” to acquiring cash and real estate drove him to build developments in Manhattan, Atlantic City, Palm Beach, and Los Angeles. He skirted the law on multiple occasions throughout his career, underpaying his workers, associating with mob bosses, committing union fraud, harassing tenants, and ignoring environmental regulations, yet managed to evade legal retribution.

“It’s the American dream gone berserk,” actor Christopher Reeves jokes in the film.

Often Trump’s developments were unprofitable, but he kept acquiring new properties anyway, continuing his construction projects with a Sarah Winchester-like delusion. His perpetual publicity stunts and position as the "poster child for 1980s greed” kept his image as “the people’s billionaire” afloat for a while, but he eventually began facing criticism for his antics from the media. The film delves into his tumultuous personal affairs, stubborn business behavior and descent into bankruptcy, ending with the introduction of his Monopoly-esque board game, Trump: The Game, which parodies his attitude toward life with the motto: “It’s not whether you win or lose, but whether you win!”

Sola Agustsson is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn.

3.8 ·
1
Trending Today
Stressed out? This Weird, Relaxing And Life-Affirming Video May Be Just What You Need
3 min24,928 views today ·
Every Town Needs a Remakery
Jeremy Williams24,601 views today ·
Have We Been Denying Our Human Nature for Four Hundred Years?
Lynn Parramore14,376 views today ·
MP Says Government is Intentionally Making People Destitute to Prevent Organised Opposition
2 min9,539 views today ·
Revolution and American Indians: “Marxism is as Alien to My Culture as Capitalism”
Russell Means8,855 views today ·
How Wolves Change Rivers
4 min6,533 views today ·
Without Saying a Word This 6 Minute Clip From Samsara Will Make You Speechless
6 min4,973 views today ·
I Lived in a 38-Person Co-Op in San Francisco, and so Can You
Tommy Alexander3,469 views today ·
Love is Not Something That You Do - It is Something That You Can Become
1 min2,505 views today ·
Load More
New
'Disaster': Trump Administration Signs off on Keystone XL Pipeline
Nika Knight
Escape From Syria - Faiza's Story
5 min
A Letter to Extremists
Nafeez Ahmed
Muslims This, ISIS That
3 min
Visit Hawai'i - The Occupied State
2 min
Musician Macka B. Schools Us on Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
4 min
Carnage (2017)
65 min
Why Recognizing Our Own Privilege Can Be so Hard
Chris Agnos
Love is Not Something That You Do - It is Something That You Can Become
1 min
Load More
What's Next
Cut the Working Week to a Maximum of 20 Hours, Urge Top Economists
Heather Stewart
Explore: Somaliland
27 min
To the Last Drop: Canada's Dirty Oil Sands (2011)
49 min
Like us on Facebook?
Watch the 1991 Documentary Donald Trump Didn't Want Anyone to See