Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump Whines About Air Conditioning During Speech
Republican nominee for President of the United States Donald Trump whined about the air conditioning in the hotel where he was delivering a speech Monday afternoon.
The Roanoke Times’ Dan Casey reports that the reality television star, who has bragged about making America tougher, wilted under the stage lights in a ballroom at the Hotel Roanoke.
“I think this ballroom and the people who run this hotel should be ashamed,” Trump told the crowd. “I think it’s actually cooler outside than it is in this damn ballroom.” (It wasn’t.)
He boasted there were 1,000 people standing outside on the Wells Avenue side in 104-degree heat, listening to him on loudspeakers. (There weren’t; there were at most 50, according to a city firefighter who was outside, and the temperature never hit 100.)
To illustrate his dealmaking prowess, Trump explained to his supporters, “We’re in a ballroom — and we’re in a ballroom, it’s not supposed to be so hot that everybody in the audience is using as a fan. So what they do is they turn the air conditioning down because they save money, so then, I would not pay them. And you know what I do? I pay my bills so fast with somebody good. With somebody average, I pay them okay. With somebody great, a lot of times I give bonuses. But here we are in a ballroom, and I’m like — I feel like I’m in a sauna.”
“The smart people say Trump is smart,” he added.
This isn’t empty posturing. Several reports have revealed Trump’s propensity for refusing to pay his bills to contractors, often complaining about the quality of the work and exerting legal pressure to pummel them into giving up their dispute or settling.
For what it’s worth, Roanoke hit a high of 96°F Monday (not 104°F, as Trump asserted), but Casey reports that the ballroom’s thermostat was set to 63°F and it was running at 99% efficiency, according to the hotel’s PR.
The incident recalls a similar tantrum that the mogul threw back in January, when he insisted that whoever installed a glitchy microphone at a rally in Florida should not be paid. “And by the way I don’t like this mic, whoever the hell brought this mic system, don’t pay the son of a bitch who brought it in,” the man who might be leader of the free world said. “This mic is terrible, stupid mic keeps popping… Don’t pay him. You know I believe in paying but when somebody does a bad job like this you shouldn’t pay the bastard. Terrible! Terrible!”
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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