Donald Trump is Elected President of the United States

On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump announced that he was running for president during a speech at Trump Tower. He pledged to implement policies that would boost the economy and says he will get tough on immigration.  His statement “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people who have lots of…

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Donald Trump Became a Television Celebrity Thanks to “The Apprentice”

Before “The Apprentice,” Donald Trump portrayed himself in cameo appearances in movies and on television, including “Zoolander,” “Sex and the City” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”  He had always courted publicity and talked with the media despite constant denials that he was publicity-shy.  In January 2004, The Apprentice,” a reality show featuring…

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Donald Trump’s Greatest Scam

Also known as the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, Trump University (also known as the Trump Wealth Institute and Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC) was an American for-profit education company that ran a real estate training program from 2005 until 2010. It was owned and operated by The Trump Organization.  Trump University was a series of wealth-building seminars…

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Donald Trump and the Great Casino Heis

Trump in the mid-1980s had unwisely gotten in on the top of the casino wave in Atlantic City. When gambling was legalized in Atlantic City in 1978, Las Vegas was the only other place where gambling casinos were legal and they 2,000 miles away from the East Coast.  At one point there were fifteen casinos…

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The Sleazy Life of Donald Trump the Family Man

Trump says doesn’t drink or smoke because older brother Frederick Christ “Fred” Trump Jr., was alcoholic.  This did not stop him from trying to discontinue his nephew Fred III’s medical coverage who suffered from a serious illness.  Fred Jr. did not follow father’s footsteps but became pilot. He had two children, Fred III, and Mary….

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Donald Trump the Scammer and His Failed Business Ventures

Donald Trump later started various side ventures, including licensing his name for real estate and consumer products.  He taught his children to follow in business footsteps.  His daughter Ivanka was able to get an endorsement from various companies to pay for her wedding!  But alas, consumer products and services bearing his name have largely been…

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Donald Trump Forged His Own Legend

When the Forbes 400 was first published in 1982, Donald Trump was near the bottom of the list. Ronald Herbst, the reporter who compiled the list, began receiving telephone calls from a John Baron who claimed to be a vice president within the Trump Organization.  He claimed Donald Trump was worth more than $100,000,000. He…

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Donald Trump’s Start as a Businessman

In 1968, Donald Trump began his business career in his father’s real estate development company, E. Trump & Son, which, among other interests, owned middle-class rental housing outer boroughs. He worked to revitalize Swifton Village apartment complex Cincinnati, Ohio, which elder Trump bought 1964. The management was sued for racial discrimination 1969 which was  “quietly…

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Frederick Trump is Immortalized by Woody Guthrie but not in a Good Way

Folk icon Woody Guthrie was a tenant in one of Trump’s apartment complexes, Beach Haven Apartments in Coney Island, Brooklyn in 1950.  Guthrie criticized him as a landlord in a song: “Old Man Trump,” whom he accused of stirring up racial hatred “in the bloodpot of human hearts”. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912–1967) was an American…

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Donald Trump’s Eminence Grise Mentor:  Roy Cohn

Roy Cohen began his career serving on Senator Joe McCarthy’s committee during the senator’s hearing on the US Army in 1953 and 1954.  He was responsible not helped in firing alleged Communists but was successful in getting gays banned by government service by President Eisenhower even though he remained in the closet his entire life….

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