Welcome to the very first episode of Let’s Talk Brooklyn.
On today’s episode host Lawman Lynch speaks to lawyer turned satirist Ari Aranda about his journey from being a real estate attorney to becoming a stand up comedian and satirist.
At the beginning of the year, Ari quit his law firm, hired a film crew and produced a feature length movie entitled The Merman Prince for El Presidente Emperor Warlord!
The movie satirizes Republican nominee Donald Trump. Take a look at a teaser of the show here:
As a real estate lawyer for some of the top developers in the world, such as the Durst corporation, Ari worked on high profile projects like One World Trade Center. He’s clerked for federal judges and interned at the Manhattan federal prosecutor’s office.
Given Donald Trump’s background as a world class developer, we asked Ari what kind of reputation a man like Trump has with some of the biggest developers in the world.
In addition, Ari has done legal work in the controversial, but little understood, legal statute called eminent domain. It is defined by Wikipedia as:
…the power of a state or a national government to take private property for public use. However, it can be legislatively delegated by the state to municipalities, government subdivisions, or even to private persons or corporations, when they are authorized to exercise the functions of public character.
What makes Donald Trump so interesting from a political sense is how much he embraces ideas and concepts that are contrary to conservative orthodoxy.
Trump has used eminent domain in some of the most blatantly offensive ways possible. Conservative website the National Review reminded readers of one of his most famous abuses of the law:
…Trump was asked about his attempt to seize the house of an elderly woman in Atlantic City, N.J., because he wanted a place to park limousines for his casino.Trump claimed: “The woman ultimately didn’t want to do that. I walked away.” In fact, Trump didn’t simply accept the woman’s decision not to sell him her property.
Trump neglected to mention that the Superior Court of New Jersey upheld the woman’s right to keep her home.
But is he alone in using this tactic to take people’s homes? We ask Ari to give us a little history of how eminent domain works and how Trump has used it in the past .
Watch the full uncut episode here.
We wish Ari much success on his film.