Trump Casually Jokes About Not Paying Employees at Florida Rally

Donald Trump is currently campaigning heavily in Florida, a must-win state for the GOP nominee. Tweaking his strategy as the election nears, Trump encouraged workers at his Doral, Florida, golf course to give testimonials during a campaign rally on Tuesday. Among them were Robert Gonzalez, John Monestime and Leslie Fuentes. 

"I've been here about two years," Monestime began. "I gotta say I'm really, really happy working here. It stopped being a job for me a long time ago. It's something I do simply for enjoyment. And—"

"Do I still have to pay you?" Trump interrupted.

While the audience laughed, the joke may have hit a little too close to home. Not only does Trump notoriously rip off workers, but he's also faced prominent labor disputes at the very location of the speech.

According to Correct the Record, "Trump's Doral resort was forced into foreclosure by a judge to pay off a Florida paint contractor stiffed by Trump."

“Juan Carlos Enriquez, owner of The Paint Spot, in South Florida, has been waiting more than two years to get paid for his work at the Doral," USA Today reported in June.

And, in a separate case, nearly 50 servers were denied overtime for a special event, which has since been settled by Trump Miami Resort Management LLC.

"Trump could have settled it right off the bat, but they wanted to fight it out, that’s their M.O.," Rod Hannah, the workers' lawyer, told USA Today. Hannah also added that the workers are "forbidden from talking about the case in public."


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