Election 2016

Watch Donald Trump Bully Staff, Offer Cash Bribes and Brag About Destroying Homes

The footage the Golf Channel refused to release was obtained by Buzzfeed.

Photo Credit: Screenshot / Buzzfeed

He bullies his staff, destroys homes to benefit his golf course, and bribes colleagues with cash on camera. In a better reality, this would just be conversation at a bar about a terrible former boss, but instead, as revealed in footage in an exclusive embed from Buzzfeed, it's the incoming leader of the free world, President-Elect Donald Trump.

An unnamed source gave Buzzfeed the previously un-aired clips from the Golf Channel's short-lived, unpopular "Donald Trump’s Fabulous World Of Golf," which documented the construction of a Scottish golf course in 2010. CNN and other outlets wrote about the existence of the footage prior to the election, but the Golf Channel refused to release it. David Schaefer, vice president of communications for the Golf Channel, told CNN in October that, "The episodes that aired did not contain anything newsworthy as it relates to this election, and we are unaware of any newsworthy content that did not make air." 

Apparently razing homes, screaming obscenities at staff members, and cash bribes were not deemed sufficiently newsworthy. In multiple clips, Trump "talked about getting rid of the 'ugly' homes surrounding his golf course and told a member of staff to “use [his] fucking brain” or he’d be fired." Trump also told another staff member, landscaper Pat O'Connor, that he was "driving the rest of the team 'fucking crazy' and 'I don’t know what the fuck the problem is'. 

When told that destroying innocent peoples' homes may "cause a bit of a stir", Trump replies, "Who cares? Who cares? You know what, who cares, it’s our property, we can do what we want...We’re trying to build the greatest course in the world, this house is ugly." 

Later on, the golf course's chief architect Martin Hawtree squirms uncomfortably when Trump appears to be stuffing a wad of cash in his pocket and says, “Put this in your pocket, that’s for you guys, for you and for you know, your growth,” Trump says. “For whoever you want, or for you, I don’t give a shit. It can also be exclusively for you, alright?”

Buzzfeed has the exclusive footage here, but YouTube has Golf Channel previews featuring Trump bullying O'Connor (and a request to turn the camera off for more abuse)  and clips from a documentary, "Fighting Trump," which catalogues the destruction that preceded the Scottish course. 

Ilana Novick is an AlterNet contributing writer and production editor.

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