Kentucky Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul has added eminent domain as an area to attack Donald Trump. For example, Paul raised this issue at an appearance in Idaho and a call with Alaska reporters. Paul called Trump a “fake conservative” citing, in part Trump’s eminent domain action against Vera Coking, a retired homeowner in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1993, Trump expanded his property holdings, and he bought several lots adjacent to his property in order to build a parking lot for limousines. Coking, who had lived in her home for about 35 years, refused to sell. Trump and the city of Atlantic City condemned her house using the power of eminent domain.
“I don’t believe that most Idahoans support eminent domain,” Paul said. In his call with the Alaska reporters, Paul said, “Donald Trump’s been a big fan of [eminent domain]. He used it in his business model and has really shown no consideration for small private property owners.