Many are quick to label Donald Trump as a “racist” or “sexist,” but there’s a side of “The Donald” most people have yet to see — until now.
For more than three decades, Trump’s assertive personality has been captivating millions of people around the world.
Although the famous real estate mogul seems to have it all, Trump’s testimony illustrates the life of someone who’s conquered all the odds stacked against him – no matter how many people try to take him down.
I’ve always admired Donald Trump, but after learning all that he’s been through, I admire him even more!
“Going through tough times is a wonderful thing, and everybody should try it. Once.” – Donald Trump
Donald Trump has sparked more controversy than any other presidential candidate in history (including Abraham Lincoln), and became the frontrunner shortly after the first Republican debate. But like most historical figures, Trump wasn’t always the leader of the pack.
On June 14, 1946, Donald John Trump was born in Queens, New York. He was the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. His father was a builder and real estate developer who specialized in constructing and operating middle-income apartments in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn.
As a child, Trump was energetic and assertive – so his parents sent him to the New York Military Academy at the age of 13, hoping the discipline of the school would be a positive influence on his unique personality.
“As an adolescent, I was mostly interested in creating mischief,” Trump explained. “I liked to stir things up, and I liked to test people.”
The prestigious academy, founded in 1889 by Civil War veteran Charles Jefferson Wright, took pride in its reputation for whipping rebellious youths into shape.
“I did very well under the military system,” Trump said in an interview. “I became one of the top guys at the whole school.”
Trump was not only a star athlete, but also a star student. He excelled both socially and academically, and his peers looked up to him as a leader.
As soon as 17-year-old Donald Trump was named a captain for his senior year, he ordered the officers under his command to keep strict discipline: Shoes had to be shined. Beds had to be made. Underclassmen had to spring to attention.
Only a month into Trump’s tenure, the highly-respected captain was transferred to an even more prestigious position — a new job on the school staff.
“I had total control over the cadets,” he said in a recent interview. “That’s why I got a promotion — because I did so good.”
The school had an powerful impact on Trump’s political views due to its conservative content and culture. Students were forbidden to leave campus during the week. In addition to math and English, subjects like military history were mandatory and students learned how to fire rifles and mortars. Girls would not be allowed to attend until more than a decade after Trump’s time there.
After graduating in 1964, Trump attended Fordham University for two years then transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics. But it was another passion that Trump went on to pursue.
“Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing.” – Donald Trump
DID YOU KNOW: Joel Olsteen has called Donald Trump “a friend of our ministry” and “a good man.” Although many criticize Trump’s unconventional Christian faith, very few people know that he was raised in a church. Trump’s parents took him to church every week and they instilled their son with conservative values. True to his Christian roots, Trump even collects Bibles and keeps a Bible near his bed.
“People are so shocked when they find out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church, and I love God, and I love my church.” – Donald Trump
Inspired by his father, Trump decided to pursue a career in real estate development. In 1971, Donald Trump earned control of his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, which he eventually renamed the Trump Organization.
Although Trump experienced success in the real estate industry multiple times, it wasn’t until 1982 that he gained national attention with the opening of Trump Tower – a monumental $200-million apartment-retail complex. The 58-story building was unlike any real estate Americans had ever seen before, with a six-story atrium lined with pink marble and included an 80-foot waterfall.
“From the day I built [Trump Tower] it’s been successful. It’s not my biggest building, it’s not my biggest job, and I’ve made more money on other things than I have at Trump Tower, but I think my favorite building will always be Trump Tower,” Trump revealed.
Little did Trump know then, he would become the media’s new target with an empire destined to crumble.
Trump’s resilience was put to the test when the real estate market crashed in 1990, plummeting the value and income from his empire and net worth. Against all odds, Trump managed to climb back from a deficit of nearly $900 million, claiming to have reached a high point of more than $2 billion, according to reports.
But there was an even bigger pain tugging at his heart…
During the time of his financial troubles, Trump was also going through a controversial divorce from his first wife, Ivana. The two got married in 1977, and after the 1978 birth of the couple’s first of three children, Donald John Trump Jr., Ivana was named vice president of the Trump Organization.
When Trump realized his empire and marriage was crumbling before him, he isolated himself in a small apartment on a lower floor of Trump Tower. He went days without leaving his building, having hamburgers and French fries from the nearby New York Delicatessen delivered to him. Trump was losing it — in front of millions of people wishing him failure.
Despite the media’s attempt to tarnish his reputation and make his life a living hell, Trump rose above the hate and divorced amicably from Ivana in 1991 – where she walked away with a reported $25 million. Trump even poked fun at the scandal when he and Ivana starred in a Pizza Hut commercial together in 1995.
Trump endured another highly publicized divorce from a fledgling actress, Marla Maples, in 1997. The two got married in 1993 and had a daughter together. When their divorce was finalized in 1999, Maples received $2 million from a prenuptial agreement with Trump.
However, Trump did not let these personal upheavals discourage his quest for true love – nor did he let it interfere with his career.
Trump’s challenging times paid off in 2004 when he began starring in the NBC reality series The Apprentice, which quickly became a hit. His high-profile persona was intriguing and entertaining, and the show became such a success that it resulted in several spin-offs, such as The Celebrity Apprentice.
In January 2005, Trump married Melania Knauss, who gave birth to a son, Barron William Trump, in March 2006; it was her first child and Trump’s fifth.
“A good marriage is like negotiating an important deal: You have to consider all the factors, thoughtfully and thoroughly. If you were investing a large part of yourself and your fortune into a venture, believe me, you’d make sure you thought about it for a long time first. That’s how I see marriage. It’s serious, and it’s important. I don’t approach it any more haphazardly than I do a very important deal. In fact, considering the amount of deals I’ve made compared to the number of marriages I’ve had, I’d say I’m quite cautious about marriage. You should be, too.” – Donald Trump
The catalyst to Trump’s empire was his official announcement to run for president on the Republican ticket on June 16, 2015.
Although Trump’s career was in real estate development, he always expressed his passion for politics. During an interview with Oprah in 1988, Trump revealed his disagreement with American government — giving the public a small taste of his White House ambitions.
In the 1988 interview, Oprah asks Trump if he would ever consider running for president. The real estate mogul made it clear that although he disagrees with the direction America was headed, presidency wasn’t a priority. However, if Trump noticed the country was trapped in such a dark, deep hole — he felt it was his calling to run for president and lead the country in a positive direction. It appears that time is now.
“I probably wouldn’t [run for president],” Trump told Oprah. “But I do get tired of seeing what’s happening with this country and 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.”
From the moment Trump announced his run for presidency, people of all diversities felt “offended” by his brutal honesty.
Whether you love him or love to hate him, Donald Trump has gained your attention – and the fact that his critics pour so much energy and time into condemning his anti-political correctness is proof that he’s already in charge of the American people.
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.” – Donald Trump
But maybe it’s Trump’s anti-political correctness that our country has been missing for so long. Think about it: there’s a reason we all fell in love with Simon Cowell’s comments on American Idol. According to sociology experts, we’ve been craving for TRUTH ever since God was kicked out of American schools — and Trump isn’t afraid to give us that truth.
“When God was kicked out of our schools, truth also packed its bags and children were left to find meaning in cheap diplomas and certificates of participation. But the real world does not function on the measure of one’s sincerity no matter how hard one works – if the hard work one produces is still below average. And it cares even less about one’s self-esteem.”
Donald Trump is EXACTLY what our nation needs — and his educational, social, and professional background is proof. We don’t just need a leader, we need a FEARLESS leader: someone who isn’t afraid to speak the truth, someone who’s willing to put in the effort to shake Washington D.C. up and make America great again.
Thank you, Donald Trump, for reminding the world what a TRUE American looks like.
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“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in an abundance of counselors there is victory.” – Proverbs 11:14