To add to the list of appalling things about Donald Trump, the Washingtonian has just dropped a crazy report that details the first-hand experiences of Trump Hotel employees who had the displeasure of serving the former president and his elite right-wing buddies.
The report opens up by explaining that table 72, a round booth that sticks out like a sore thumb smack dab in the middle of the Trump Hotel’s mezzanine, was always reserved for Donald Trump. No matter how busy or packed the hotel became, no matter the clout of the clamoring Congressmen or the cash that tourists allegedly attempted to slip to the manager for a seat, table 72 was and is only ever graced by Trump himself, his children, and the occasional approved member of his inner circle such as Mike Pence or Rudy Giuliani.
According to the report, this table always remained reserved for the reality TV washup turned former president because the restaurant never wanted to experience the blowback that would come with turning Trump away should he turn up unannounced. While the table started as an effort to prevent a Trump tantrum, the Washingtonian reports that he eventually involved into something thick with mystique, a “carefully curated prop in the Trump Show.”
Apparently, there was a literal script that employees were expected to adhere to when the now-former President made an appearance. Even pre-COVID, the server assigned to table 72 was required to “discreetly present” Donald with a mini bottle of Purell hand sanitizer, followed by the required dialogue: “Good (time of day) Mr. President. Would you like your Diet Coke with or without ice?” Even the act of pouring Trump’s soda was detailed in instructions of no less than seven different steps, complete with four photo exhibits — all of which was outlined in a “Standard Operating Procedure” document that the publication obtained.
Trump always stuck to the same meal of shrimp cocktail, well-done steak, and fries with the occasional dessert of apple pie or chocolate cake and mini glass bottles of Heinz ketchup had to be opened right in front of Trump, where he could hear the seal on the bottle “pop.”
The report claims that garnishes on plates were a Cardinal Sin for the Trumps, with Melania once sending a plate back to the kitchen over a sprig of parsley and some chives, and soon the former executive chef Bill Williamson had to order 40-ounce tomahawk steaks specifically for Donald after he once threw a massive tantrum over one of his guests getting a slightly larger cut of meat than him.
And then there were the snacks. The report claims, “A tray of junk food needed to be available for every Trump visit: Lay’s potato chips (specifically, sour cream and onion), Milky Way, Snickers, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Tic Tacs, gummy bears, Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Tootsie Rolls, chocolate-covered raisins, and Pop-Secret.”
The tell-all from the Washingtonian goes on to detail the terrors and troubles involved with other right-wing elitists who enjoyed a spot in Donald Trump’s inner circle over the years, and frankly, they don’t seem to have been much better than The Donald himself.
When it comes down to it, the guy is just a pig, right along with all of his rich, white buddies, and I can’t even say I’m the slightest bit surprised.
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