Biography of Donald Trump

Donald Trump was born June  14th, 1946, in Queens, New York. He started his business career as a real estate developer. He built some buildings in Manhattan, which made him controversial at the time. He was the son of a real estate developer named Fred Trump. He worked for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while he was in college.  After graduating from college in 1968, he joined the company. Trump had two reality shows on NBC, the Apprentice, and Celebrity Apprentice. Donald starred in the shows as himself. Trump announced in 2015 that he would be running in the Republican race for the U.S. presidency.


 Trump’s father was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. He was the son of Elizabeth and Frederick Trump, who had emigrated from Germany in 1885. Frederick became a prosperous gold rush restaurateur and brothel owner. He had many Jewish tenants, which wasn’t suitable for a German background. Trump was proud of his German ancestry. The family lived at  Wareham Place in the Jamaica Estates. He had behavioral problems at school. At age 13, Donald enrolled in the New York Military Academy [NYMA] in 1983. During his senior year, he did military drills and rose to captain. Donald attended Fordham University for two years and went to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, which offered courses in real estate. Meanwhile, he worked for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son.

Trump said when he graduated from college at age 23, Donald was worth about  US $200,000. By today’s standard, that was the equivalent of $ 1,021,000. He tried to go into show business. Which ultimately didn’t work out. Donald invested $70,000 to co-produce a Broadway comedy, which was never realized Trump’s career began at his father’s company. He borrowed one or two million from his father to start his real estate business in the middle-class housing market in Brooklyn and Queens Trump’s casino and hotel business underwent bankruptcy five times between 1991 to 2014, though they could still operate. The owners settled their accounts with investors but went through debt collection and the sale of assets on November 2nd, 1992. Another one of Trump’s hotels filed for bankruptcy, and he lost a 49% stake in the luxury hotel to Clickbank by 1994, and the hotel became insolvent. 

Because of the recession, he could not make the loan payments. His debt accrued with his businesses going through bankruptcy, and the bondholders lost a lot of money that added up to millions of dollars., But he decided to restructure his debt to avoid going to court. By 1994, Trump had eliminated a large portion of his debt of  $900 million.  Donald started to reduce his business debt. He had to sell his Trump Shuttle that he bought in 1989, although he kept Trump Tower in New York City and still controlled his three casinos in Atlantic City.  By 1999, Trump’s main goal was to run for President of the Reform Party.  His casinos went bankrupt, and by 2004 he lost his stake in the company. His casino company went bankrupt again in 2009, which reduced his stake to 10%. Trump has gained the support of the working class because they think the country has sold out to big corporations for profit. About 33 percent of non-college-educated voters favor the Democrats, while  64 percent of non-college working-class voters support the Republicans.

Why? Because Donald Trump had been getting the support of the non-college-educated working class, It started with the decline of white working-class support for Democrats in the 1960s with the rise of counterculture and the popular TV ‘70s TV show  “Family.”  The show was about traditional conservative blue-collar values shared by the so-called “Reagan Democrats,” who dissented from the New Deal coalition in the 1990s. They were won back during Bill Clinton’s tenure in his campaign for tough love for Social Security recipients and the death penalty.

With most blue-collar jobs being outsourced overseas, companies could cut costs in the long run and make more money for shareholders—Trump advocates for free trade and social entitlements like Medicare and Social Security. Without question, whites without a college degree and fewer employment prospects would be more opposed to cutting welfare…

Trump has said he believes in traditional marriage between men and women. He spearheads many Right Wing tenets, conveying that the nation is in decline and has lost the moral high ground. Trump is an outsider and more in line with the conservative movement, including the John Birch Society. That corner of the radical right believes in limited government and is more anti-communist than the Grand Old Party. There is a close relationship between the Birchers and Trump’s views. They held positions in Goldwater’s campaign in 1964. However, there are some Republican newspapers and Republican donors that support Hillary Clinton. 

Trump has already established a third party within the mainstream GOP in response to the fact that Grand Old Party has become more liberal and has lost touch with its base. Back in the 1960s, the Republican Party feared Barry Goldwater and viewed him as an instigator that was splitting the party apart. Goldwater lost the campaign against the conservative Republican legislators in his party, who were tainted by association with him. This helped the New Deal Democrats enact the Great Society that scares conservatives today, although his defeat led to Ronald Reagan’s election. What is different this time is that Goldwater in 1964 and McCarthy in 1954 are still part of the GOP’s modern history and are the third party waiting to be heard.

What are Trump’s opinions on specific issues in the 2016 presidential race? He maintains his principles on most issues and problems facing this country. One issue that attracts much attention is Trump’s controversial views on immigration.  

[Quote:“People realize the problem we have in this country with illegal immigration. It’s going to be solved. It’s going to be fixed.” Is Trump right? The system is broken. We have to find a solution to this very complex situation. The U.S. has become a dumping ground for criminals and smugglers, who profit by smuggling contraband into the U.S. through human trafficking and with the support of corrupt South American governments. 

Here are a few of Trump’s quotes on illegal immigration:

“I will build a great wall. “Nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I’II builds them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” Donald Trump’s Best Quotes-page 32                                                                                                                                                                     

“For many years, Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country” as well as other Latin American countries” Donald Trump’s Best Quotes-page 12                                                                                                                  

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Donald Trump’s Best Quotes-page 71

Registering Islamic people sympathized with Islamists who have inflicted the Muslim community in a database is only a temporary solution.  A similar problem faced  Europe with its migration crisis that has backfired on the continent [particularly Germany]  by having an open door policy that led to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium. The Islamist groups have a foothold in Europe, just like the Roman Empire in its decline, faced barbarians at the gate. This will mean the end of the European Union as we know it.

“One of the problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.” Donald Trump’s Best Quotes 21

The Conservative movement within the Republican Party is divided over various issues, including losing manufacturing jobs and outsourcing jobs overseas. Both parties support free trade. Trump must be nominated because he has won more states with the most delegates. The Republican Advisory Committee won’t nominate Donald Trump but will nominate Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz because Trump is outspoken and controversial, although Donald Trump has shaken up the establishment. Trump has earned his reputation through his career, and his reality shows and plans to star in a new reality show covering his run in the presidential race.                                                                                                                                                                   


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