It’s a minor thing compared to the egregious offensiveness of his entire campaign, but Donald Trump has once again proved to be a deadbeat. He has failed to pay an $8,500 bill issued by the City of Burlington for police and fire overtime costs related to Trump’s January rally in the Flynn Center.
You remember, the one where his campaign issued thousands and thousands of extra tickets, thus ensuring a law-enforcement quagmire and setting the stage for potential violent confrontation?
Well, he hasn’t paid up, and the city has decided “it would not be cost effective” to pursue the matter.
[Mayor Miro Weinberger] reiterated that Trump’s “failure to cooperate” with local law enforcement and lack of communication with the public and ticketholders put “undue strain on the City’s police and “unnecessarily hurt downtown businesses.”
Paying the invoice, Weinberger said, “remains the right and honorable thing for Mr. Trump to do.”
Well, sure, but there’s no point in waiting for Donald Trump to do “the right and honorable thing.” He has a long record of doing otherwise.
Perhaps we could ask the VTGOP to intervene. He is, after all, the standard-bearer for their party. Surely they’d like to see him stay in the good graces of the people of Burlington, who are having to foot the bill for his Queen City ego trip.
What about it, David Sunderland? Don Turner? Phil Scott? Could you put in a good word for Burlington? Or, if Trump continues not to do “the right and honorable thing,” you could dip into your own warchest and put up the money. Because whether you like Donald Trump or not, he’s your guy, and the Flynn Center event did inject some badly-needed energy into the depleted ranks of your party.
Otherwise, if Trump ever shows his face in Burlington again, maybe the cops can slap a Denver Boot on his limo.