Years after casino went bust, Gary still skeptical of Donald Trump

Trump's lawyers later argued in court that his pledges to Gary were never legally binding.

By: AP | Gary | Published:September 21, 2016 4:40 pm
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Donald Trump’s appeal to black voters sounds familiar in Gary, Indiana, and not in a good way. In 1993, Trump swooped into Gary on his private jet and pledged to make the down-on-its-luck city great again with a riverboat casino along a Lake Michigan shoreline littered with shuttered factories. Little more than a decade later Trump’s company declared bankruptcy, leaving behind lawsuits and hard feelings in the majority-black city.

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Trump’s lawyers later argued in court that his pledges to Gary were never legally binding.

Looking back, Trump tells The Associated Press that his venture worked out well for Gary.

But a Democratic former Gary city councilman, Roy Pratt, calls Trump a “slick business dealer” and says, “He got as much as he could and then he pulled up and left.”