Donald Trump has always had to deal with competition. He was one of five children born to Mary Anne and Fred Trump and seemed to have had no problem standing out among his siblings. I guess that was a sign of things to come. Unlike many privileged children who wasted their lives and fortunes, Donald took advantage of being born to well-off parents and ran with it.
Trump became a wealthy and very public figure in the 1980s. By the 1990s, he was already a legendary figure in New York City, a town of legendary figures. In the first decade of the 2000s, Donald became a reality show star as “The Apprentice” and later “Celebrity Apprentice” made a rating impact on television. Always reinventing himself, Trump has recently traded in his reality show host gig and moved beyond his business empire to run for the Presidency of the United States in the 2016 election.
It was no surprise to many of us when the Donald almost immediately took over in a large field of Republican hopefuls. Some people were shocked by his comments about big national issues such as illegal immigration and the mistreatment of veterans by their own government. Many predicted his campaign would flounder in the wake of several controversial rants; however, just the opposite happened. Trump managed to strike a nerve with the American People. He was suddenly the front runner as the first Republican debate took place.
Although he had no more or less time than any of the other hopefuls, Donald Trump managed to respond to what appeared to be some very controversial questions with his own brand of humor and swagger. Fox News sponsored the event, which more than 24 million people viewed, and there can be no doubt that the Donald had a lot to do with those record-breaking numbers.
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To understand Donald Trump, you have to understand where he came from. It all started when Frederick Trump arrived in the USA from Germany in 1885. He married Elizabeth Christ in 1902, and that is where his German background and his family fortune began. Donald’s father, Fred Trump (who was named for Frederick), married Mary Anne Macleod (a Scottish immigrant) in 1936. The family business was Real Estate, and Donald showed an early interest in his dad’s work.
He watched everything his father did in business and learned from it. While living in Jamaica Estates, Queens, New York City, Trump attended the Kew Forest School in Forest Hills. Unfortunately, he had trouble focusing on his schoolwork and ended up being dismissed. His parents hoped to set him straight by sending Donald to the New York Military Academy. It must have worked because Trump then went on to attend the prestigious Fordham University.