Trump Tower, a basket of deplorables

Sounds like a criminal hub… surprise

Joseph Weichselbaum, whose helicopter company flew high rollers to Trump casinos, lived here after serving time for cocaine trafficking.

Paul Manafort, who quit as Trump’s campaign chairman amid controversy over his work for Ukraine’s ousted president, owns a condo on the 43rd floor.

Chuck Blazer, the former soccer official, who pleaded guilty to racketeering and wire fraud in 2013, ran an international soccer federation on the 17th floor. Another former soccer official, Jose Maria Marin, is living in Trump Tower under house arrest after pleading not guilty last year to bribery charges stemming from the same investigation.

Steven Hoffenberg, who worked in a 15th-floor suite, remembers his landlord’s tolerance. Trump leased space in 1993 to the debt-collection executive and one-time New York Post suitor months after he was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for running what was then one of the biggest Ponzi schemes ever.

“He’s very objective,” said Hoffenberg, who was indicted, went to prison for 18 years and was released in 2013. “Renting space has nothing to do with color or race – or indictment.

Mel Cooper, convicted of racketeering in 1985 for what prosecutors called mob-tied loan-sharking, bought his first of two apartments in the building a decade later.

Art dealer Helly Nahmad bought all the units on the 51st floor for more than $18.4 million. He went to prison for about five months in 2014 for leading a high-stakes gambling network. Prosecutors said his Trump Tower neighbor Vadim Trincher ran a connected ring for Russian oligarchs from his $5 million apartment.

Robert Hopkins, accused of ordering a member of a rival gambling ring killed, was arrested in his 59th-floor duplex in 1986. Murder charges were thrown out a year later, around the time David Bogatin on the 53rd floor pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Bogatin was a Russian mobster, according to a colleague’s congressional testimony.

Trump sold another apartment to a Panamanian company called Lasa Trade and Finance, a cover for former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.

Residents don’t have to worry about prying staff. “My favorite part of the building is the people working here,” said Susetta Mion, who has been accused by a niece of stealing $15 million in cash, jewelry and furs…

But but but…Clinton’s staff’s husband’s emails!!! Oh the criminality! laugh

not sure what you’re trying to say what did Trump do wrong? his company selected the wrong tenants?

Criminals are drawn to Trump, because Trump is a criminal. And Trump likes to network with other criminals…because doing so is good for criminal businesses. Not sure why I would need to explain the obvious.

It’d be a dream to live in Trump Tower, that would be big league.

That is one bigly tall tower, with a waterfall flowing bigly.

Q: if Trump wanted to “drain the swamp”, why didn’t he drain Trump tower?

Because, the swamp is his natural habitat.