DAILY CALLER: Billionaire Behind NYC Trump Sign Removals Tied to Illinois Gov. Rauner
by Citizen Kelly
Donald Trump’s historic Nov. 8 victory has left the globalist establishment reeling – including liberal Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his political ally, Sam Zell.
Rauner, who twice-endorsed his close pal, Mayor Rahm “Sanctuary City” Emanuel, refused to support Trump and has taken every public opportunity to attack him.
Trump’s surprising win puts Rauner in a political bind: the unpopular Mr. Rauner will be up for re-election in blue state Illinois in 2018. The last thing he wanted was a Trump victory.
Rauner has suffered top-of-the-ticket losses in his proxy war with Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan in what turned out to be a year of Republican revolution. He spent $9 million defending the Illinois comptroller’s seat and lost. Another Rauner ally, Sen. Mark Kirk was defeated by a 15-point margin. Kirk’s ugly attacks on Trump backfired big time.
Sam Zell is also one of Rauner’s biggest backers. Zell is the billionaire real estate developer who has been systematically removing President-elect Trump’s name from three of his Manhattan buildings since the election. Anti-Trump petitions were circulated at three of Zell’s buildings asking residents to join the “Dump Trump” effort.
But Zell claims the removals aren’t politically motivated – even though his firm began removing Trump’s name immediately after the election.
“Our goal was, we have no interest in having any political position on anything,” Zell said. “Once Mr. Trump made the decision that he was going to enter the political scene, we looked at it and said, ‘We just want to be neutral. We don’t want to have an opinion.”
Zell wants to be neutral? Zell’s history of opposing the Tea Party movement with his wife, Helen, puts that statement in doubt.
Zell isn’t the only one trying to cover his political tracks. Governors Mitt Romney and Nikki Haley have “come to Jesus” since Trump’s election and more ‘Never Trump’ stalwarts are scurrying about motivated by the carrot of plum appointments.
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