Donald Trump's reality candidacy crashed into reality show Airplane Repo in Milwaukee when Trump's jet was repossessed by none other than Nick Popovich, one of the most experienced and prolific aviation repo pros on the planet.
"Normally we've worked with the owners and the banks and repossession is a last resort," Popovich said. "In this case the owner, Donald Trump, has ignored the banks and my attempts to mediate the situation before a repo has to take place. So this kind of hostile repo is not the norm."
It wasn't until Nick Popovich had the jet hooked up to his tow tractor and ready to go that Donald Trump finally called his creditors regarding his jet, but it was after business hours and the banks did not return his calls.
Popovich said we will have to wait for the episode to air to see the confrontation between himself and Donald Trump, but he described the scenario at the General Mitchell International Airport once Trump realized the jet was out of his control.
"Donald Trump was then personally asking me to release the aircraft and he was ready to write me a check for $200,000 to do so. He was nice until he realized he was going to have to wait for the banks to determine if the jet will be released, then Trump started calling me a minimum wage loser."
In a sneak peek of the Airplane Repo episode shared on their website, we see Popovich on the phone advising a representative for the banks, meanwhile the banks refuse to return Trump's calls.
"I have the jet hooked up to my tractor," the repo man tells his client. "It's in my possession, if this is what it takes to get him on a payment schedule, you are better off releasing the jet to him instead of paying to store it and insure it yourself. [pause] Right, OK I'll talk to you tomorrow."
Nick Popovich hangs up and smiles talking to the camera.
"The client is very happy to have the situation in their control and will let us know what to do tomorrow. We're towing the aircraft to a hangar that I've already rented out in case we just park it for a few days as the banks work out a deal with their client. In most cases my clients just want to keep the payments coming rather than to foreclose and try to sell an aircraft of unknown condition. In this case we also have a very valuable jet and the vanity of the client so the banks will probably get most of their money."
By the next morning Popovich got a call from the bank's representative to release the Jet to Trump's people as Trump had already taken a chartered flight to Chicago for another rally.