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Kenosha business owner declines appearance with President Trump, former owner replaces him for faked photo op

 
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Kenosha business owner declines appearance with President Trump, former owner replaces him for faked photo op
A Kenosha business owner is accusing President Donald Trump of using his destroyed store for political gain.

Tom Gram’s century-old camera shop burned to the ground a week ago during the unrest in Uptown Kenosha. Gram said he declined President Trump’s request to be a part of his tour of damage Tuesday in Kenosha. Instead, a former owner of the shop was invited and he praised the president’s efforts.

Gram has owned Rode’s Camera Shop since he bought the business from the Rode family eight years ago. He worked at the store for more than four decades, but that all came to an end last Monday when the building went up in flames.

Gram said he got a call Monday from the White House asking if he’d join the president on a tour that would showcase his leveled business, but Gram immediately refused.

“I think everything he does turns into a circus and I just didn’t want to be involved in it,” Gram said.

To Gram’s surprise, he watched on TV as the president showed up with the store’s former owner and President Trump made it seem like the store was still his.

“John Rode III, owner of Rode’s Camera Shop,” President Trump said as he introduced Rode during a round table conversation on Tuesday.

Rode does not own Rode’s Camera Shop. However, he does own the property, located at 2204 Roosevelt Road in Kenosha, the site of Rode's Camera Shop.

Rode was in front of TV cameras during the tour and he commended President Trump’s response to the Kenosha unrest.

“I just appreciate President Trump coming today, everybody here does,” Rode said. “We’re so thankful we got the federal troops here. Once they got here things did calm down quite a bit.”

“A day earlier would have saved his store,” President Trump responded.

Gram said he felt deceived by the President’s photo-op with Rode. Gram said the White House and Rode had no business using his destroyed store to send a political message.

“I think he needs to bring this country together rather than divide it,” Gram said.

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Re: Kenosha business owner declines appearance with President Trump, former owner replaces him for faked photo op
Imagine being so desperate for attention that you go out and get the FORMER owner to do a photo-op with you because the REAL owner doesn't want to be seen with you.

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Re: Kenosha business owner declines appearance with President Trump, former owner replaces him for faked photo op
Imagine being so desperate for attention that you go out and get the FORMER owner to do a photo-op with you because the REAL owner doesn't want to be seen with you.

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Current owner is a slimeball liberal no doubt. Which is fine and all. But I bet if a President Hillary had requested the guy attend with her, he'd have gotten down on his knees and done a reverse Monica on her.
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Re: Kenosha business owner declines appearance with President Trump, former owner replaces him for faked photo op
Imagine being so desperate for attention that you go out and get the FORMER owner to do a photo-op with you because the REAL owner doesn't want to be seen with you.

1rof1
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78569446


Current owner is a slimeball liberal no doubt. Which is fine and all. But I bet if a President Hillary had requested the guy attend with her, he'd have gotten down on his knees and done a reverse Monica on her.
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So regardless of politics, you don't think it is even a little dishonest to fake a photo op?





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