May 07, 2016

Donald Trump, Jr. hits back against Vancouver's “virtue signaling” mayor over Trump Tower

Lauren SouthernArchive

The mayor of Vancouver is a virtue-signalling twat and has finally been called out.

Last Thursday morning, Donald Trump’s eponymous oldest son made a media appearance at the Trump International Hotel and Tower currently under construction in Vancouver. While there, he addressed comments made by Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson that the Trump surname should be removed from the tower to “forcefully challenge hatred.”

It’s good to see that members of the Trump family are going on the offensive against the embarrassing, unstatesmanlike conduct of our mayor. The Vancouver Trump Tower is a great thing for the city. Its construction and staffing has employed thousands of people, and it will be a stunning piece of architecture.

I’ve gone out to see it myself and, shockingly, despite Donald Trump’s name on the side of the building, I didn’t observe any mass suicides. Beyond Robertson’s protests and a stunt perpetrated by a media-hungry construction worker waving a Mexican flag, the Vancouver Trump Tower hasn’t garnered all that much attention. Most people just don’t care.

Lost in the noise of all this, of course, is that like many Trump properties, the Vancouver Trump Tower isn’t really a Trump development. A Vancouver-based building development company is funding and constructing the property, and has merely licensed the Trump branding. The connection between the building and Donald Trump’s policies is nonexistent.

The building has nonetheless become a convenient scapegoat that affords Robertson an opportunity to express one of the safest political stances you can take in our progressive hellhole of a country. How brave.

Hating Trump may be popular in Vancouver, but Robertson’s comments are dangerously irresponsible. Threatening to take legal action against a real estate developer for constructing a building that will bring hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue into the city? If Robertson was attacking the figurehead of any other Vancouver business, his comments would rightly be condemned.

Even if Robertson finds the siren call of political opportunism irresistible, he should consider changing tack. After all, Donald Trump has become a major-party nominee for the American presidency. He has a clear shot at becoming the leader of Canada’s largest trading partner. How will a president Trump treat Canada considering the anti-Trump vitriol of Robertson (and his city council) and other major Canadian political figures?

Perhaps it is, as Donald Trump Jr. puts it, “faux outrage.” But that doesn’t change the irresponsibility of our leadership’s actions.

Vancouver’s mayor is willing to pit his mayoral power against the economic interests of his citizens, even if that means lobbing a legal threat against the construction of a 63-storey skyscraper and potentially keeping hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue on the table. Last time I checked, increasing revenue is one of the things a mayor is supposed to do, even when it means missing a chance to make political hay.

It’s vaguely amusing when university students act like this, but when there’s millions of dollars and key political relationships on the line I don’t find it funny. Other Vancouverites are registering their displeasure with Robertson’s actions as well.

Mayor Robertson is virtue signalling. He’s exploiting a political opportunity to make himself better-liked, and to appease the tiny minority of people who could genuinely be made upset by five letters on the side of a skyscraper. He’s placating the outraged-because-we-want to-be-outraged crowd. Robertson and his progressive base could do some good for once if they focused on combating real discrimination instead of complaining about a word on a building.

It’s promising, at least, that Donald Trump’s surrogates seem unphased. Donald Trump Jr. stated that he was “used to it at this point” and claimed the attacks were symptomatic of a culture “where everyone is outraged at everything and anything anyone says”. These statements reflect a capacity to engage in good-faith negotiations, and are miles more civilized than anything Robertson has said about the Trump family.

At one point in the distant future, maybe the politicians we elect will be able to resist the urge to screw over their citizens whenever there's an opportunity for favourable press. Until then, we’ll have to cope with idiots like Gregor Robertson.

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commented 2016-06-27 19:22:46 -0400
Mayer Gregfairy Robertson
commented 2016-05-12 18:29:19 -0400
CLIMATEFALLACY I checked out your link…no wonder the left is SO expensive for taxpayers…it took 6 leftists to cut through a ribbon with scissors…☺ Just imagine how many to write a cheque?
commented 2016-05-09 20:07:58 -0400
Trump attacking Hillary for destroying those women that Bill screwed is awesome. I would love to see Lauren’s take on it.
commented 2016-05-09 15:01:18 -0400
You’re spot on KEN!…. And the problem is that since Hong Kong East has become saturated by bums and druggies from across Canada, there has been a spillover effect in recent years and now Victoria is “reaping the rewards” of looney-left policies… Even the judicial system doesn’t help since some fruitcake of a judge nixed the province’s attempt to clear a downtown park of the growing tent city there… Yep; looking forward to a summer of more needles, aggressive panhandling, crap everywhere… And bike lanes, of course…
commented 2016-05-09 13:09:38 -0400
The people of Vancouver voted him back in. That says everything about Vancouver and its mindset. Canada’s cities are now controlled by idiots like Robertson and we see the results every day. Huge debts, homeless people, infrastructure falling apart and massive traffic problems are just a few of the problems that leftist city councils and mayors have been producing for many years. Sure, they pay lip service to them but most would rather use their positions to social engineer the populations they govern then make sure the garbage is being picked up. And I thought that Calgary’s mayor was a complete fool…..
commented 2016-05-09 11:12:02 -0400
Gregor is an NDP stalwart . . . and has been supported by Tides USA and other far-left insanities for decades. He turned his own street into a bike lane . . . he promised to eliminate the homeless and grew that population instead.
Vancouver has had loonie city govt for many decades . . . back in the day they banned Nuclear Bombs . . . and to this day it has worked flawlessly . . . they haven’t been hit once !
commented 2016-05-09 01:20:58 -0400
Gregor you are wrong it is people like you and the progressives who are bringing back the worst of the past.
commented 2016-05-09 00:48:44 -0400
Bill Smith,
I did some reading on your mentioned association of Robertson with Tides, an international fake charity who bribe Canadian politicians with foreign money from US oil competitors, and blood soaked Saudi oil; who run billions through the clearinghouse charity wholesalers in order to make Canada less competitive; by making the gullible bleeding-hearts believe the faulty premises they fabricate.

The scum of scum in our society.
And Robertson, along with Kooky Suzuki, has his greedy fingers in the pie.


The leftwing scream racism and the granola eating voters buy in to it hook, line, sinker and tackle box.

commented 2016-05-08 20:16:55 -0400
The Mayor’s connection to the Hollyhock Institute really tells you all you need to know about his policies as the cities political leader.
commented 2016-05-08 20:02:13 -0400
BC politics has always been a loony bin of off-balance nutbars, loose cannons and soon-to-be-expireds. Flakier than a Kellog’s factory. Robertson is nothing new. But before I could set loose any of my standard wisecracks about Left Coast space cadets, I remembered what my neighbours sent to the Edmonton Legislature a year ago.
So, no comment. Because, you know what they say about people who live in glass houses…
commented 2016-05-08 19:57:40 -0400
The problem is: most Canadians and many Americans don’t know how to recognize someone who can actually get the job done!
commented 2016-05-08 19:29:47 -0400
I truly hope Trump wins and then punishes the Canadian public for their stupidity.
commented 2016-05-08 16:31:17 -0400
I’m glad he hit back. Whether you like Trump or not he has brought allot of business and employment and deserves to be treated fairly under the law and not have political opponents using attempting to use the law as their own personal weapons. In order to fight this cultural bias I hope he invests money into more right wing news agencies to make sure the people are not being inundated by one side of the story. It would be one of the best investments the right or even Trump himself could make.
commented 2016-05-08 16:13:19 -0400
Trump Jr – Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo.

Thank you for calling the person out and stating the truth, politicial correctness be dammed, where it should be.
commented 2016-05-08 15:08:56 -0400
That’s about it when it comes to the msmers BILL
I grew up down there— Fraser valley ,I am only allowed back home for funerals now since they found out I voted for STEVEN HARPER 3 times - I can stay overnight but I gotta be passed chillawack by noon - shotgun escort
commented 2016-05-08 13:42:27 -0400
Hmmmm…….I’ll have to plan a couple nights stay at this hotel when complete………
commented 2016-05-08 11:20:53 -0400
Sunday, bored, like to lighten this thread up with a hate-Trump media joke -

A biker is riding by the Vancouver zoo, on his Harley when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his hog, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering with pain, the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker quickly grabs her and carries her to her terrified parents who shower him with thanks.

A Vancouver Sun reporter has watched the whole event and says, “Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.” “Why, it was nothing, really,” The biker replies. “The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt was right.” “It was mostly reflex from my 2 tours in Afghanistan”

“Well I’ll make sure this doesn’t go unnoticed,” the reporter insists. “I’m a journalist, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page. So give me some details, like what do you do for a living?”

“Well, I’m an ex-CAF sniper,” the guy replies, “and I’m presently resigned my position with Keystone Pipeline planning committee to work for the ‘Elect Trump’ campaign because I believe in grass roots democracy and to promote Canadian Oil.” The journalist leaves to write up the story, and the following morning the biker buys a paper and reads the following on the front page: “GUN NUT TRUMP SUPPORTER ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH” “A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.” ~ H. L. Mencken
commented 2016-05-08 10:59:48 -0400
If a few of you have sampled any of my posts you would have seen me make mention of that green slime eco nutcase many times in the past. He is typical of the uber left idiocy that prevails in most urban areas now. Hongcouver will spiral into a serious mess and once foreign ownership of the city reaches 99% wtf do we do then. Foreigners gobbling up building after building , property after property, and the hoards of new “citizens” rolling in by the boatload. Both my daughters live there, and although they are thoughtful in their opinions and decisions, I see evidence that the left of left propaganda influences the masses when they feed them the bs and funny kool aid relentlessly . I hope my girls can separate the wheat from the chaff. As for other mayors a couple of beauties come to mind. Uber Goober Nenshi is a big mouthed asshole, and the giraffe in Edmonton is overseeing a LRT debacle that will either see all the trains driving into the river or if they ever do get it done, the most traffic gridlock imaginable. None of these fucks never care as much as they say they do . As long as they can squeeze more tax payer money , thats the ticket. As for Lotusland, when the citizens walk by Trump Tower can you imagine the horror. Gregor will have to open the doors to BC Place in order to house the masses seeking a “safe space” after they saw the word TRUMP on the side of a building. FK the leftist tyranny . FK Turdo, FK Wynne, FK Notley , FK Gregor , and while your at it FK Christy Clark, the lying black mailing deceitful bitch.
commented 2016-05-08 06:30:29 -0400
Rather than ask “What do you think of Trump” = the question should be “Give me two reason why you are for or against Trump”

If one of those reasons is that Trump is a racist – then a follow on question should be asked – “Give me two examples that prove Trump is a racist”

Canadians – they are becoming a disgusting group of people – so low information and so righteous – they would not have had it anywhere near as good if their neighbour across the border had been Russia.
commented 2016-05-08 02:21:39 -0400
If Mayor Robertson had an original thought, it would die of loneliness. Robertson is the embarrassment, not Trump.
commented 2016-05-07 22:11:13 -0400
Pretty stupid insultng the next POTUS.

As you say Lauren Robertson is just another hollow moral poser – and embarrassing ignorant – either that or he’ s a true believer doggedly clinging to his litt red book of lies and chanting it’s xenophobic mantras.
commented 2016-05-07 21:47:06 -0400
Gregor Robertson is a creep.
commented 2016-05-07 21:26:10 -0400
Canadians from Vancouver – almost as bad as Americans from San Francisco.
commented 2016-05-07 20:03:40 -0400
It has all to do with Magic Mushrooms and Deadbeats.
commented 2016-05-07 19:46:32 -0400
Four or five years ago Robertson lost millions selling condominiums on behalf of Vancouver Taxpayers. Only a complete idiot could accomplish that in Vancouver’s hot market. Compare that to Trump making Billions ?
commented 2016-05-07 17:35:20 -0400
Interesting stance from an intellectually lazy buffoon…his use of absolutes in his comment like ‘…remind all of us…’ is a calculated preveracation of the type that can only come of the degenrate left.

What’s dark & terrifying for me is that these regressive half-wits like Gregor are in positions of actual power…even scarier is coming to the realization that he was voted in by people living among us.

In honour of 4-May:
’Who’s more foolish, the fool or the fool that follows him?’
commented 2016-05-07 16:55:39 -0400
Every single one of these evil pos. Need to GO!!! And like yesterday!!!!
commented 2016-05-07 16:53:09 -0400
What’s with all the worse possible people for mayor lately?
commented 2016-05-07 16:44:15 -0400
Mayor moonbeam is funded by tides. "$520,000 is what Mayor Gregor Robertson has received in terms of campaign finance from a series of so-called “investment firms,” public relations firms and individuals that are affiliated in various ways with the U.S. Tides Foundation (“Tides”) and Tides Canada"
commented 2016-05-07 15:46:13 -0400
Gregor Robertson is the mayor Vancouver deserves… If the people of “Hong Kong East” had any brains they would have elected a mayor that as a first priority would have tackled the housing crisis…. There are thousands of houses and condominium units sitting empty because they are just “investment opportunities” for overseas investors… Which is driving some students and young adults to consider living in converted shipping containers because of the astronomical rents and house prices… But bike lanes are this twit’s priority; that, and mouthing off in “politically correct speak”…