The Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against New York City on Monday for canceling its contract for a Trump golf course earlier this year, claiming the decision was politically motivated and constitutes wrongful termination.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in January he was canceling the contract after the January 6th attacks on the Capitol, a move which the lawsuit states de Blasio did not have the authority to do under the terms of the contract.
“Mayor de Blasio has continued his longstanding attempt to wrongfully terminate our contract and deprive us of our substantial investment in this unique and exceptional property by manufacturing a contractual obligation that does not exist,” a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said. “The City has no right to terminate our contract.”
The Trump organization said it has spent $30 million of its own money to fulfill its end of the deal, and the company demands “that it be allowed to continue to run the course, which has dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline, or that the city pay millions of dollars to buy them out.”
“After the City wasted hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money in its prior failed attempts to complete this project, we stepped in and, at the City’s request (much like Wollman Rink in the 1980s), invested over $30 million of our own money to deliver to the people of the City of New York what has been widely recognized as one of the most magnificent public golf experiences anywhere in the country,” the Trump Organization said in a statement.
De Blasio has defended his decision, claiming former President Trump engaged in “criminal action” by “inciting a deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6th.”
The incitement of violence de Blasio is alleging was Trump’s speech that occurred before the Capitol riots, which were found to be preplanned, when he instructed his supporters to “peacefully” make their voices heard.
“I know everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” Trump said at the time.
The riots that de Blasio alleges Trump incited in a speech explicitly promoting peacefully protesting were also revealed in court documents to be planned weeks in advance.
“Welf-styled militia members from Virginia, Ohio and other states made plans to storm the U.S. Capitol days in advance of the Jan. 6 attack, and then communicated in real-time as they breached the building on opposite sides and talked about hunting for lawmakers, according to court documents,” The Washington Post reported.
The Trump Organization said in a statement, “Mayor de Blasio’s actions are purely politically motivated, have no legal merit, and are yet another example of the mayor’s efforts to advance his own partisan agenda and interfere with free enterprise.”