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Monday, March 21, 2016

“The night I fired Donald Trump”

By Gryphen in the Immoral Majority

So Michael Cohl was working on a pay-per-view deal for the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour, which was the biggest rock and roll tour in history back in 1989.

During the negotiations Cohl had trouble finding somebody to partner with on the pay-per-view part of the deal, so he settled on Donald Trump.

The only problem was that the Rolling Stones hated Donald Trump and refused to have their name associated with him.

Cohl then got Trump to promise to stay in the background and not show up at any venues and made the deal.

Unfortunately Trump decides that he wants to attend the Atlantic City show, and starts to get a little pushy about it.

After Keith Richards essentially threatens to stab Trump if Cohl cannot get him out of the building this is the exchange that Cohl has with the Donald, courtesy of Pollstar:

I said, “Donald. You lied. You broke your promise. One of two things is going to happen. You’re going to leave the building and, at 6:40, The Rolling Stones are going to speak on CBS News, or you’re not going to leave the building and I’m going to go on and do an interview to explain to the world why the pay-per-view was canceled. I know it’s your building and…” – and in my head I’m going, this is so crazy, right? I’m trying to throw Donald Trump out of his own building. 

But, anyway, the bottom line is I look at Donald and said, “You and Marla (Maples) have to go. You’re fired.” He looks at me and goes berserk. 

“You don’t know anything! Your guys suck! I promote Mike Tyson! I promote heavyweight fights!” And I notice the three shtarkers he’s with, in trench coats, two of them are putting on gloves and the other one is putting on brass knuckles. I go on the walkie-talkie and I call for Jim Callahan, who was head of our security, and I go, “Jim, I think I’m in a bit of trouble.” And he says, “Just turn around.” 

I turn around. He’s got 40 of the crew with tire irons and hockey sticks and screwdrivers. 

“And now, are you gonna go, Donald?” 

And off he went. 

And that was the night I fired Donald Trump.

So to be clear here Trump reneged on his part of a sensitive deal and when confronted about it threatened to have his thugs physically abuse a man who called him on it.

This was almost thirty years ago, but I think this is likely the kind of response we can expect if Trump loses the nomination.

He will indeed encourage rioting in the streets, and will undoubtedly do everything in his power to sabotage the campaign of the GOP candidate who does get the nomination.

He is a thug, and if he does not get his way he will react like a thug.