Even Trump Must Bow To Iowa Traditions

You may have heard yesterday that Donald Trump was talking about giving kids rides in his luxury helicopter at the Iowa State Fair, which begins on August 13. The authorities at the fair were not amused (per the Des Moines Register‘s Brianne Pfannenstiel):

Sorry, kids. Looks like you won’t be riding in Donald Trump’s luxury helicopter at the Iowa State Fair this year.

The billionaire business mogul and Republican presidential candidate said he had asked permission to set up private helicopter rides at this year’s Iowa State Fair at his own risk and expense, DailyMail.com reported Thursday afternoon.

But state fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson said Trump did not ask for permission to do so, nor would he be granted permission if he does indeed seek it.

“He is welcome to land his helicopter anywhere outside the grounds and take people on rides or whatever he would like to do,” she said. “But that will not be happening on Iowa State Fair grounds.”

Ah yes. Even The Donald must bend to forces far more powerful than he, and in Republican presidential politics, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Iowa State Fair

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.