Presidential hopeful Donald Trump had planned on giving children in Iowa an incredible gift, all at his own expense, but he was quickly shut down by state officials.
According to the Des Moines Register, Trump had planned on bringing his custom outfitted $7 million Sikorsky helicopter to the state fair, where just about every presidential candidate will stop, and giving kids at the festival rides in it, but the fair’s organizers weren’t having any part of it.
“I’m going to try giving kids lifts in the helicopter,” Trump said at the end of an interview with MailOnline. “You know, young kids. Yeah!”
The billionaire real estate mogul added that he would enjoy using his helicopter to give thrill rides during the 11-day event, which should see every major contender in 2016 make an appearance to mingle with voters.
“It would be magnificent,” Trump said of the idea. “It’s cool. Isn’t it cool?”
But, it appears as if that’s not going to happen. Fair organizers said that Trump could neither land his luxury aircraft on the property, nor give rides to anybody, including children.
“He is welcome to land his helicopter anywhere outside the grounds and take people on rides or whatever he would like to do,” said Iowa State Fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson. “But that will not be happening on Iowa State Fair grounds.”
While the idea of bringing a personal helicopter to a state fair may seem a like a little bit much, there’s actually a precedent that was set for it back in 2004 by then-presidential candidate John Kerry. Although, Kerry didn’t bring it to offer rides to anybody while he was there.
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People in the comments section of the Register suggested that the people responsible for denying Trump access to the fair with his helicopter were Democrats, and if that’s the case, that’s just wrong. Regardless of whether or not you agree with his politics, how cool would it be for a kid to be able to ride in an executive helicopter? With that in mind, who would ever deny them that chance, especially based off of politics alone? Either way, that was definitely a cool thing for Trump to try to do, it’s just too bad he was denied the chance.
Who know, maybe he’ll figure out another way he can do it. After all, he didn’t get to where he is by accepting “no” for an answer anytime someone said it.
[H/T: The Political Insider]