The National Sun Times

25 years later, filmmakers release Donald Trump documentary he killed



There’s a new Donald Trump documentary out, and what’s new is old — 25 years old, to be exact.

The filmmakers behind “Trump: What’s the Deal?” decided they couldn’t be silenced any longer now that Trump is running for president.

As they point out on their website, the film was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern; the Trump documentary was the first in a series that looked at celebrity businessmen. It was finished three years later — but few ever saw it. And it wasn’t necessarily because people avoided it or because it was a terrible documentary.

Back then, the only way for a film to be seen was on television or in the theater. Donald threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor that took on the film. In effect, it was suppressed. It was screened twice in back-to-back standing room only showings at the Bridgehampton Community House on July 3, 1991, the same day that Donald announced his engagement to Marla Maples.

The filmmakers say they want the “American people to meet the real Donald and learn how he does business.”

The trailer gets a modern edit, mixing in clips from the documentary, along with more recent highlights. 

It goes hard after Trump, at one point saying, “everyone knows Trump is a buffoon.”

“Now, we think it’s time for you to see it,” the narrator says at the beginning of the film. “Because the new Trump and the old Trump are the same Trump.”

They kind of have a point.

While there have been questions about Trump’s true wealth now, that was the same back when the documentary was made.

“Sometimes, I think when you hear a figure quoted by Donald, you divide by two, then divide by four and you’re probably closer to the real answer,” Der Scutt, the architect of Trump Tower, said back then.

The narrator says, “if you want to see into Trump’s future, look into his past.”

If you’re one of the people salivating for more Trump, you can watch the entire movie online, for free.

In other Trump news today, he took to Twitter to address all the “haters and losers” after a profane hashtag directed at him began trending on Friday.