Donald Trump is done with Atlantic City casinos. He is so done, in fact, that instead of going on a Twitter tirade about it, he just went straight to court. He is suing Trump Entertainment Resorts for use of his name on two failing AC casinos. Trump Entertainment Resorts is part of a company Donald Trump no longer runs, but that still owns and operates the Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
Trump is arguing that the casinos are in disrepair, and therefore make his name look bad (because, apparently, chipped paint looks worse than defending Donald Sterling.)
The lawsuit states (emphasis ours), "Since Mr. Trump left Atlantic City many years ago, the license entities have allowed the casino properties to fall into an utter state of disrepair and have otherwise failed to operate and manage the casino properties in accordance with the high standards of quality and luxury required under the license agreement. The Trump name ... has become synonymous with the highest levels of quality, luxury, prestige and success."
Trump claims the Trump Plaza has failed quality review tests, which would have assured Trump it is up to the luxurious standards he believes his name commands. These tests were executed by an outside consulting firm.
He told the Associated Press, "I want it off both of them. I've been away from Atlantic City for many years. People think we operate (the company), and we don't. It's not us. It's not me."
Trump does own 10 percent of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which is how they were allowed to continuing using his name in the first place. He could always sell that stake, but he has not disclosed any plans to do so.
This adds to Atlantic City's already numerous casino woes. Three other casinos are set to close there by Labor Day, bringing the number from 12 to just nine.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.