From billionaire to bankrupt, back to billionaire, reality TV star and now Presumptive Presidential Nominee: who is the real Donald Trump? To truly understand this New York native, you might have to start at the beginning, when Trump was a young man, ambitious, eager, and ready to take over the world.
Trump was born and raised in New York, Queens to be exact, and his childhood was not quite like the average person. Born into the Trump family of builder and real estate mogul Frederick Trump, Donald had a plush beginning. Despite his financial advantage, Trump had troubles as a youngster in the public school system and at the age of 13 he was shipped off to boarding school. After finishing his education at the New York Military Academy he went on to get his degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.
Soon after his graduation, Trump was eager to begin his own business, and after his father gave him his first “small loan” of one million dollars, Donald was off to create his empire. His very first business decision didn’t go as planned. Breaking into the show biz scene proved harder than expected when his Broadway show “Paris is Out” flopped. But that didn’t stop this entrepreneur, and he fell back on what his family knew best, real estate.
After successfully turning a profit on a foreclosed housing apartment in Ohio, Donald turned his sights back to the Big Apple. Now focusing on larger construction and high end design to drive public awareness, Trump began to cement his New York presence and his New York persona.
Over the years, Donald has attempted, failed, and successfully launched many projects including Trump Casinos, Trump Academic Institutions, Reality TV shows and much more. But how does all this relate to a Presidential Nominee in the 2016 elections?
Flirting with Politics
Trump understood early on that with power comes influence, and he began flirting with politics much earlier than 2016. Over the years, Trump hasn’t always had a clear affiliate, in fact, he as officially registered as a Republican, Independent, Democrat and even a “decline to state” voter. Combined with his frequent flip flopping on issues, Trump was never one to fully commit to a party, affiliation, or stance over the years, however he has frequently entertained the idea of running for president. In 1988 he hinted on the idea during a guest appearance on Oprah Winfrey stating “If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with this country,” Trump said. “We’re really making other people live like kings, and we’re not.” After a bit of a lull, it wasn’t until 2004 that Donald came back up as a potential front runner when he ran under the reform party focusing his campaign on fair trade and eliminating national debt. Unfortunately, Trump wasn’t taken too seriously during his 2004 approach and never pursued the nomination outside the initial phase. Skip ahead a few years and now we find Trump once again pointing his ambition towards the Oval Office.
Today’s Republican Nominee
Today’s Donald Trump for President campaign is quite different than his previous flirtations. In fact, in a vicious primary and through brutal elimination of sixteen contestants, he has managed to acquire the support needed to secure the Republican Nomination. Though he is now an older and “wiser” individual, Trump has shown some “strange wisdom” during his campaign. Despite his often controversial, raw and risqué approach on the trail, his “change in attitude” and approach to his speeches, responses to the press, and overall demeanor is shaping up to be “more presidential”. But does Trump have what it takes to make it all the way to the White House? Only time will tell, and Mrs Clinton might have to prepare her boxing gloves.