“While disabled veterans should be given every opportunity to earn a living, is it fair to do so to the detriment of the city as a whole or its tax paying citizens and businesses?,” Trump wrote back in 1991 to the New York State legislature, in an attempt to ban street vendors with special disabled veteran’s licenses from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
“Do we allow Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s finest and most luxurious shopping districts, to be turned into an outdoor flea market, clogging and seriously downgrading the area?”
In a 2004 letter to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Trump continued his assault.
“Whether they are veterans or not, they [the vendors] should not be allowed to sell on this most important and prestigious shopping street,” Trump said.
“The image of New York City will suffer… I hope you can stop this very deplorable situation before it is too late.”