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Trump helicopter seen landing at Twin Farms in Barnard

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Cody McKinstry, 10, of East Thetford, Vt., and his brother Kaleb, 5, watch a helicopter with the Trump name written on the side take off from Lebanon Municipal Airport in West Lebanon, N.H., on Aug. 14, 2017. It was Cody’s birthday and they were having lunch with their mother in their car near the airport control tower when they saw the helicopter land, refuel and take off in a half-hour. Cody asked the flight crew if the aircraft belonged to the President and they said yes. Photo by Geoff Hansen/Valley News
Residents say they saw a helicopter landing at an exclusive resort in Barnard, Vermont. The aircraft bore the name “Trump” in all caps.

The 1989 Sikorsky S-76B was sighted on Monday by neighbors in the small southeastern Vermont town as it hovered over Twin Farms.

The Trump helicopter was captured in a cellphone photograph and posted on Instagram on Monday. The blurry image is identical to a photograph of the aircraft at the West Lebanon, New Hampshire, airport that appeared in the Valley News the same day. VTDigger confirmed that the tail number on the aircraft in each photograph was N76DT.

The timing coincides with reports that the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner were visiting Vermont.

Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s vacation took place while the White House responded to violence and white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ivanka Trump and Kushner are seen as key advisors to the president and have been viewed by many as moderating voices in the administration.

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump. Image from Wikipedia

An employee who answered the phone at Twin Farms said no one by the name of Trump or Kushner was staying at the resort. “I wouldn’t be able to tell you anyway,” he said.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the couple were in Vermont, after initially indicating their destination as Croatia. According to Vanity Fair, the couple was in Vermont for a two-day jaunt.

Twin Farms is the former homestead of author Sinclair Lewis and journalist Dorothy Thompson.

Thurston Twigg-Smith bought property in 1974 as a summer home, according to the company’s website. In the early 1990s, the Twigg-Smiths began transforming the property into an exclusive resort with high end rooms and cottages. The company was later sold to a group of investors.

A one night stay at Twin Farms ranges from $1,900 to $2,950.

Trump helicopter
Image from Instagram
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  • bill_christian

    When a president is so despised that his daughter travels secretly to inaccessible compounds for the super rich. This is how people like Putin and Marcos travel.

    • Neil Johnson

      It’s also how any famous person travels, regardless of affiliation.

      Would you like to go on a vacation where everyone takes photo’s of you? Would you like to go on vacation where everyone asks you for autographs, interrupts your private dinners? This is also a Vermont property, employing Vermonters.

      It’s amazing how even a simple vacation can bring up hate and bitterness. We are unwittingly committing domestic violence on an epic scale across the united states. It’s perhaps time to bring some peace and understanding, finding some positive things about any person.

      We need to come together.

    • David Dempsey

      Not everyone despises him. The Clintons have travelled secretly to Quebec just north of the Vermont border. Just like Putin and Marcos as you alluded to.

    • Mark Wells

      Kinda like Bernies third home on the lake ?

  • teo zagar

    A little background about Twin Farms: Nobel Laureate Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can’t Happen Here at his Vermont home in the summer of 1935. A satirical but serious novel, it’s the story of a populist candidate for president who defeats FDR by appealing to the fears and prejudices of the “Forgotten Men,” and then proceeds to impose his own brand of fascism.

    (“Why are you so afraid of the word ‘Fascism,’ Doremus? Just a word — just a word! And might not be so bad, with all the lazy bums we got panhandling relief nowadays, and living on my income tax and yours — not so worse to have a real Strong Man, like Hitler or Mussolini — like Napoleon or Bismarck in the good old days — and have ‘em really run the country and make it efficient and prosperous again.”)

    The novel’s hero – a journalist in a small Vermont town named Doremus Jessup – was partly inspired by Lewis’s wife, Dorothy Thompson.

    The year before Lewis wrote It Can’t Happen Here, Dorothy Thompson was the first foreign journalist to be expelled from Germany by Adolph Hitler. She was the leading voice against fascism and Nazism in the American press, and a strong and vocal advocate for admitting European refugees into the Land of the Free – a minority opinion at the time, unfortunately.

    In 1932 Thompson published the account of her interview with Hitler in which she described him as “…voluble, ill-poised, insecure. He is the very prototype of the Little Man. … There is in his face no trace of inner conflict or self-discipline. … The eyes alone are notable … they have the peculiar shine which often distinguishes geniuses, alcoholics, and hysterics. … Mr. Hitler you may get, in the next elections, the fifteen million votes which you expect. But fifteen million Germans CAN be wrong.”

    Hitler and Goebbels formed a “Dorothy Thompson Emergency Squad” to monitor and respond to Thompson’s attacks, and eventually sent the Gestapo to her apartment in Berlin with orders to leave the country within 24 hours. When she arrived at the train station to depart for Paris, most of the international press corps had assembled to bid her farewell, carrying roses.

    A years later, while Sinclair was creating It Can’t Happen Here at a frenzied pace, Dorothy wrote:

    “No people ever recognize their dictator in advance. He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship. He always represents himself as the instrument — the Incorporated National Will. … When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American. And nobody will ever say “Heil” to him, nor will they call him “Führer” or “Duce.” But they will greet him with one great big, universal, democratic, sheeplike bleat of “O.K., Chief! Fix it like you wanna, Chief! Oh Kaaaay!”

    Dorothy Thompson is buried in Barnard, and there is a small memorial park in her name behind the Barnard General Store.

    • Lucas Barrett

      Thank you for this wonderful ironic contribution.

  • Jimmy T. Tomczak

    They sure are not like you or me, but if civility is preached, it should be practiced once in a while. Have a good time in VT.

  • Matt Young

    It’s not at all a fair comparison, the liberal left and its indoctrinated followers are obsessed with President Trump, they preach acceptance and tolerance and then spew hatred, it’s almost comical how hypocritical most are. Those of us who didn’t like the unsustainable and harmful policies of the community organizer were labled as racists.

  • Homer sulham

    Were they here for vacation or to attend a wedding? I heard that they flew out the same day. Some facts would be nice once in Awhile.

  • Homer sulham

    Are you saying that the Democrats own VT?