Scot who stood up to Trump development deservedly named ‘Top Scot’
Earlier this year, a film was released documenting the efforts of a Scottish farmer to oppose a new development by Donald Trump. The movie is called You’ve Been Trumped, and it is racking up accolades and awards.
I haven’t seen the film. But I am confident that part of the reason it’s earning such praise is that Donald Trump is an odious, preening buffoon. We’ve written before about his development plans in Scotland, and about his methane-soaked project in the Bronx. We have not, however, spent a lot of time otherwise mocking his stupid opinions and trolly comments. This is because one does not engage with children as though they are your equals. If the child is yours, you would put him in timeout; if he is not, if you are just an observer to a child’s bad behavior, you merely sigh heavily and thank the Heavens that you were not cursed with such a useless little pile of crap.
Anyway. The farmer at the center of the film, Michael Forbes, is in the news again. This time, it’s for winning “Top Scot” at the Spirit of Scotland awards.
“Blah blah blah blah.”
From The Scotsman:
Mr Forbes — who won the award after an open public ballot — had consistently refused to move out of his crofter’s house and sell his land, which was famously branded a “pigsty” by Trump, to make way for the tycoon’s golf course development.
Last night Mr Forbes, 60, who says he still lives with the threat of eviction by Trump International, was honoured at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, along with Scotland’s Olympic heroes, film actress Kelly Macdonald, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis and author Ewan Morrison.
Forbes described meeting Trump.
“I had no idea who he was at that point. I might have kept my mouth shut, but I went right off him the first time I met him.
“He was being all nicey, nicey and talking about how successful he was and how much money he had. That was it for me. I took an instant dislike to him. He called me a village idiot and accused me of living in a pigsty but I think everyone knows by now that he’s the clown of New York.”
Indeed we do! What did Trump have to say about the award?
Mr Trump’s organisation did not respond to a request from The Scotsman for a comment on Mr Forbes’ success.
That is because Donald Trump is literally one of the worst people in America (and therefore in the top 20 worst people worldwide). He inflates the extent of his wealth, promotes idiotic conspiracies like anti-vaccine nonsense and birtherism, and has repeatedly argued against wind turbines because they kill huge numbers of birds (they don’t) while his tacky, crumbling high-rise in Toronto certainly kills a huge number of birds every year. If you made a movie that was simply the words “Donald Trump is an execrable jackass” flashing for 120 minutes, I would found a film festival simply to give the film my top award.
Anyway. Congratulations to Michael Forbes, global hero. Here’s hoping Donald Trump doesn’t take your house.
Philip Bump writes about the news for Gristmill. He also uses Twitter a whole lot.
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