News flash: Donald Trump is bombastic.
That proclamation will earn a chuckle from anyone in the United States who owns a television, radio or computer. The Donald has been selling his over-the-top personality for three decades.
But Trump’s shtick is new and a bit much for the genteel sensitivities of Scotland, at least according to various environmental activists who have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (they seem to have an agency for everything over there) about Trump’s new advertisement against a proposed Aberdeen wind farm.
Trump’s ad, which ran last week in various Scottish outlets including the Aberdeen Press and Journal, compared the support Alex Salmond, the First Minister of the area (whatever that means) has shown for a wind farm along the coastline of Scotland and adjacent to Trump International Golf Links, to his earlier support for releasing Abdel al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, for “humanitarian reasons.”
This, of course, earned cries of outrage from Green Party activists and more ministers of this or that, but it played into Trump’s hands perfectly. Nobody outside a few pub crawlers saw the original advertisement. Now, the entire UK is talking about the boorish American. No one, however, disputes that Minister Salmond supports windmills and was one of the advocates for releasing al-Megrahi.
Oh, those outrageous Americans and their brilliant PR schemes.