TRUMP SIGN AN “EGOTISTICAL OVERSTATEMENT” SAYS PULITZER PRIZE WINNER!

TRUMP SIGN AN “EGOTISTICAL OVERSTATEMENT” SAYS PULITZER PRIZE WINNER!

Businessman Donald Trump is fighting with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over a sign affixed to Mr Trump’s downtown skyscraper.

The 20ft (6m) tall T-R-U-M-P sign was placed 200ft above the Chicago river and is backlit by bright lights.

Mr Emanuel’s office said the mayor believed the “architecturally tasteful building” was “scarred” by the sign.

But Mr Trump has said the sign is “magnificent” and “popular” and argued the city previously signed off on it.

It enhances the building, he told NBC News, and said the building itself was “a great piece of architecture, great for Chicago”.

“Cities love the Trump brand and we are getting tweets, letters and phone calls from people who just love it [the sign].”

The real estate magnate and prolific tweeter blamed Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic, for stirring up controversy with his harsh criticism during the sign’s recent installation.

“If this sign was in Atlantic City or Las Vegas, nobody would care – but it is in Chicago, and in a part of Chicago full of great buildings from the 1920s to the 1960s and onward,” Mr Kamin, a Pulitzer Prize-winner said.

None of the other towers have signs on them, he added, calling the Trump sign an “egotistical overstatement”.

Story from the BBC.