July 12, 2016

"HE PROMISED EVERYTHING":

Trump's Ca[**]no Broke a Big Promise to Give Millions to Charity : The GOP presidential nominee fought hard to avoid giving proceeds from his ca[**]no to local charities. (STEPHANIE MENCIMER, JUL. 8, 2016, Mother Jones)

At the time Trump sought the ca[**]no license in Gary, the city's population was about 80 percent black, and nearly 17 percent of its population lived in deep poverty. The city was dubbed the murder capital of America. In an effort to revive its flagging fortunes after the collapse of the steel industry, Gary officials had sought to capitalize on its proximity to Chicago to turn it into a gambling hub.

Trump had long opposed opening ca[**]nos in Indiana. Such a move would threaten his Atlantic City operation. In 1990, he told the Chicago Tribune that he would never open a ca[**]no in Gary and that setting up gambling establishments there would be a "very bad idea, not only for Gary but also for the Chicago area." He contended that a Gary ca[**]no would "empty the pockets of people in Chicago" and increase welfare costs in Gary. "Gambling has not been the savior of Atlantic City," Trump said. "We still have slums here."

But a few years later, Trump changed his tune. In 1993, Indiana legislators voted to allow 11 riverboat ca[**]nos to open on Lake Michigan and elsewhere. Gary requested two of those ca[**}no licenses, and Trump wanted one of them. The competition for Gary's licenses was fierce. Trump reportedly spent $1 million on a campaign to win the backing of local officials.

Charles Hughes was on the Gary city council at the time and in the room for many of the negotiations with Trump. "He promised everything," Hughes recalls. "He was going to build these magnificent edifices in Gary. He was going to build giant hotels, he was going to hire all these people. He was going to change our world, until it came time to put it in writing."

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