• Greek Immigrant Billionaire Says: Protect the Border; ‘Build a Wall’

    Surge Summary: Wealthy New York businessman John Catsimatidis likes what he’s hearing from Donald Trump about ways to secure the border; including the proposal to build a wall.

    You may not know John Catsimatidis, but Hailey Waller over Bloomberg.com tells us New Yorkers can’t seem to escape him.

    The “gregarious 70-year-old billionaire” is associated with two of the city’s best-known grocery chains: he owns Gristedes; he bailed out D’Agostino.

    He’s a fixture at steakhouses Smith & Wollensky and Bobby Van’s. In 2013, the former Democrat ran for mayor as a Republican, but lost in a primary. He thought about but never started a campaign in 2009.

    He hosts a local Sunday morning radio show, “The Cats Roundtable,” where he’s interviewed Trump ally Steve Bannon and lawyer Alan Dershowitz. In June, he offered $12.5 million to buy WABC Radio, the New York home for conservative talk luminaries such as Mark Levin and Brian Kilmeade. The deal should be completed later this year.

    Catsimatidis is also an immigrant: arriving in the U.S. as an infant with his family from their native Greece. Perhaps unexpectedly for some, he has been getting vocal about his support for President Donald Trump; particularly – again, perhaps even more unexpectedly — on immigration and building the much-maligned wall along the U.S.-Mexico divide. In the Hamptons last weekend, Catsimatidis’ two grown children were among attendees at a Trump committee fundraiser.

    In an interview at his east-side-of-Manhattan office, he pressed,

    “Trump has stood up against the problem at the borders. These people are coming in and we have to feed them, clothe them, hospitalize them, educate them. Build a wall.”

    The businessman/radio talker– who describes himself as “not extreme right wing … not extreme left wing … a common sense, middle-of-the-road person … a liberal as far as helping Americans … a conservative as far as making sure we don’t piss away money” — elaborates,

    I’m an immigrant. I want immigration. But let’s take people who are going to help our country get better, versus people who want to hurt us. You can’t solve the world’s problems. We don’t want the drug addicts, we don’t want the people who are renting children to cross the border.

    Secure borders? A wall? Selectivity about who is allowed to settle in this historically most-successful experiment in constitutional republicanism? These recommendations might not be what you’d anticipate from an immigrant but, on the other hand, it’s exactly what you’d anticipate from someone who thinks practically; about what will work.

    So far, the Trump administration’s initiatives vis-à-vis U.S. borders are working. John Catsimatidis gives them the thumbs up.

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    Image: By Mr. Catsimatidis – the subject, Mr. Catsimatidis, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16619079

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