Businessman Donald Trump owns thousands of intriguing domains which hint at potential tattoo parlour ventures and coffee bean sales.
Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, already owns DonaldTrumpSucks.com, along with thousands of other web addresses.
A report Business Insider generated through the domain database Whoisology last week showed 3,153 web addresses are registered to the Trump Organization’s general counsel. Many of these sites are not actually online, but they provide glimpses into Trump’s business plans and his company’s anxieties about their brands.
According to the report, an email dentified as belonging to the Trump Organization’s general counsel registered several of Trump’s main web addresses — including his presidential campaign site, DonaldJTrump.com, and his company’s site, Trump.com.
The email also registered sites with the names of several of Trump’s children and grandchildren. According to the report, these domains were all still registered to the company as recently as March and April of this year.
Trump’s son, Eric, who is executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, said the company acquires “thousands” of domains each year. Eric Trump described the practice as “business as usual” for the company. He said the more than 3,000 domains registered through the general counsel’s email address are just a fraction of the “tens of thousands” of URLs owned by the company.
There’s TrumpVodkaSucks.com; IHateTrumpVodka.com and, in a collision of multiple Trump universes, YoureFiredVodka.com
Some of the web addresses also include the names of his children or his grandchildren.
Many of the addresses registered by the Trump Organization contain negative statements about Trump and his businesses. These include URLs branding the Trump Network, a controversial vitamin-selling business Trump bought in 2009 and later sold, was a “pyramid scheme” and a “fraud.”
According to Eric Trump, the company acquired these addresses to guard against “predatory people.”
“For a company like ours, it’s incredibly important to protect ourselves, and it’s incredibly important to own our intellectual property,” he said.
It’s a relatively common practice for businesses to buy web addresses that could be used to host attacks on them. For example, last year, the former New York City mayor and entrepreneur Mike Bloomberg was linked to the purchase of hundreds of domains including ones that branded him a “weiner” and a “moron.”
The businessman hinted that he’d run for president in 2012, and the web addresses DonaldTrump2012.com, TrumpIsHired2012.com, and Trump2012.com reflect this.
Others hint at future business ventures, such as TrumpCoffeeBeans.com, TrumpIceCreamParlor.com, TrumpDoll.com and TrumpTats.com.
Some are just plain weird, like TrumportunityKnocks.com.