Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans on voting in favor of a plan to allow up to seven private casinos in New York, 16 years after he lobbied against casino expansion in the state.
In an interview with Fred Dicker on WGDJ-AM, Trump said the gambling landscape has changed since the mid-to-late 1990s, with more and more states in the Northeast allowing casinos.
Trump owns a pair of casinos in Atlantic City.
“I think probably it’s going to pass. I’d be inclined to vote for it at this point because everyone else has it,” Trump said. “If nobody else had it, it might be a different thing. But now it’s become—a lot of people have it, a lot of different states have it. So my inclination would be to vote for it.”
But Trump criticized the language of the ballot proposal, which if approved Nov. 5 would change the state Constitution to allow for for the casino expansion. The ballot proposition touts the potential for “job growth” and lower taxes from casino revenue if voters OK it.
Trump said he saw the ballot language and “couldn’t believe it.”
“Anybody looking at that will vote in favor of it because of the way it’s written. It’s very unfair,” Trump said. “It’s like polls. You can do a poll where you’re the most popular person in the world or you’re the least popular, depending on how it’s written. Well that’s written in such a way.”
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