Finding the Best Spot for the Knife

So if Trump doesn’t care about his family, what does he care about? His brand, of course. It’s the basis of his entire fortune, with his own estimates of his net worth rising and declining with his subjective sense of its value. Find a way to damage it, and one might just very well cut to the heart of him.

(Understand when I say this that I’m not talking about literally damaging the Trump Organization and/or its properties. At this juncture, there’s little point. All of their holdings are no doubt extensively insured. Now, if there was some way to figure out which companies are providing them insurance and bringing some sort of pressure to bear on them, it might be a different story…)

One item that caught my eye as I researched the President’s properties was the fact that the Trump International Hotel and Tower on Columbus Circle isn’t actually owned by the Trump Organization. While they at least appear to run the hotel, going by their website, the building belongs to the General Electric Pension Trust.

I wonder… could they be convinced to remove Trump’s name from the building?

A quick Google search produces two addresses for the General Electric Pension Trust, one in Austin, another in Connecticut. However, I also found a deed in NYC’s ACRIS system, dated 2008, that appears to transfer the site to one Kairy Partners, LLC for $3.5 million. (In case I’m unable to share the image below, the document ID number is 2008122301291001; the building appears to be listed under Block 1113, Lot 1242, Unit 1700, Manhattan Borough.) I’m unable to dig up any additional information or resources about Kairy at this time, aside from a California address from later that year.

ACRIS Document ID # 2008122301291001

All in all, here are three possible points of contact for the Trump International Hotel’s owners, past or present:

GE Pension Trust (address 1)
3003 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: (203) 326-2300

GE Pension Trust (address 2)
5005 Plaza on the Lake
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746

Kairy Partners, LLC
22431 Antonio Parkway 
Suite B-160 
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Somewhere out in his vast labyrinth of corporate holdings, Trump is vulnerable. And if the President refuses to properly divest himself of his private interests for the benefit of the nation… well. Perhaps it’s time that we did so for him.


Why Going After Trump’s Family Isn’t Worth It

Thus far, we’ve seen Trump’s daughter lectured by someone on an airplane, rumors being spread about his youngest son being autistic, and (if it wasn’t faked), some idiot holding a “Rape Melania” sign at a protest back in November. I understand that people are upset. I understand that, after years of static being thrown at President Obama’s family, some see this as an opportunity to respond in kind.

To all those considering attacking the President-elect’s family (verbally or physically), I have one simple, practical question:

What makes you so sure Trump actually cares about his family?

I suspect that Trump is a clinical narcissist. If that’s the case and the pattern holds, he doesn’t actually love or value his family the way that most of us do. To him, they’re merely an extension of himself – carefully-crafted props he uses to maintain the image he wishes to show the world. In the case of Melania, I expect he sees her less as a partner and more as a sort of expensive trophy. His children are useful employees at best – extensions of his will to whom he might delegate grunt work as necessary. I suspect that, to this day, he keeps a tight reign on their activities and appearance. Any deviance or attempt to establish a separate identity for themselves is quickly punished. Their worth to him is based entirely on how well they serve him and how much he judges them to resemble himself. Take one of them away, and you’ve merely denied him a useful tool or toy. That’s it.

(Not that this will stop him from playing the angry or bereaved spouse/father role for all that it’s worth, of course. That said, I doubt the loss would slow him down much.)

And there you have it. As far as I’m concerned, going after the family in any way, shape or form is a complete waste of effort. Better to spend your energy on the man himself. It’s not like there’s any shortage of material there. And for anyone out there intent on avenging themselves on any available target, consider this: every single one of the children has had to grow up with Donald Trump as a father. After that, I suspect anything that one might do to them will seem like a mercy by comparison.