LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that Donald Trump’s anti-wind farm advert should be withdrawn in its current form.
The independent advertising regulator said Wednesday that the ad from Trump International Gold Club Scotland is misleading and cannot be substantiated.
The ad warns that wind farms would hurt Scottish tourism and mar Scotland’s beauty. It features a photograph of a wind farm development overlooking a crowded highway in California.
Trump has been fighting the wind energy project, which he believes may mar the view from his luxury golf resort in Scotland.
The standards agency said the Trump resort had been told not to make claims that could not be proven and not to use “misleading imagery.”
The Donald Trump of today and the Donald Trump of 1999 probably wouldn’t be best buds.
It turns out the outspoken Republican real estate developer who criticized the fiscal cliff deal likely due to the expiration of tax cuts for wealthy individuals once floated a plan to implement a one-time 14.25 percent tax on individuals making over $ 10 million. The huge tax hike, he claimed, would have raised $ 5.7 trillion in revenue, CNN reported at the time.
“We can put America on sound financial footing for the next century,” Trump wrote in his book The America We Deserve on the tax that was designed to eliminate the national debt of about $ 5 trillion, according to Slate. Currently, the national debt stands at about $ 16.3 trillion.
A little over a decade later, Trump would take the opposite stance. In 2010, Trump opposed President Obama’s plan to let the Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthy expire and months later he signed anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist’s pledge to veto any new taxes.
The hypocrisy of the move wasn’t lost on Trump, however.
“It would have been a beautiful thing to do,” Trump told Evan McMorris-Santoro of his one-time tax plan in 2011. “But the world is different. Now you’re talking about numbers that are so big, so astronomical, that what you have to do is put people to work, and you can’t be raising taxes now.”
His fellow Republicans have failed to back him on that point. Following the announcement of the fiscal cliff deal earlier this week, Trump tweeted:
(Hat tip: reddit)