The 2016 presidential campaigns have been drawing a lot of attention over the last few weeks, and the spectacle is only going to continue to grow. One Republican candidate, and his polarizing views, has been taking a lot of the spotlight. In this episode of Flash Past, Dan and special guest Steve Lee talk about the great white, rich, self-aggrandizing, American hope that is Donald Trump. Click and listen. You won’t be disappointed.
Apart from being a real estate mogul and reality TV star, Trump is now a politician, but not in the traditional sense.
Who is Donald J. Trump?
Donald John Trump was born on June 14th, 1969 in Queens, New York. Many people who admire Trump do so because they believe him to be a self-made man, rising through the ranks of real estate to become rich, powerful, and a household name. That’s not exactly true. While he has amassed quite a fortune, he didn’t start in rags. He attended the Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills, Queens before being enrolled in the New York Military Academy in the 8th grade. Never one to miss an opportunity to elevate himself, Trump told a biographer that NYMA gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”
After high school, he attended Fordham University, and later transferred to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Wharton had one of the few real estate programs available. Trump graduated from Wharton in 1968.
Before even finishing his degree, Donald J. Trump was working for his father. Among his first projects was an apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio. Purchased for $5.7 million in 1962 with an occupancy rate of 34%, the Trumps invested $500,000, increased occupancy to 100%, and sold the property in 1972 for $6.75 million.
Political Spending and Funding
Since the mid-1980s election campaign spending has grown by 555%, according to the Federal Election Commission. This is a faster rate than the cost of healthcare, the GDP, and the average income of the American family the politicians claim to represent.
Political groups are spending billions of dollars to get candidates elected. That’s millions with a B. To find out where money comes from and where it goes, check out OpenSecrets.org. You can also find out how much was spent in your state by checking out this piece from October 2014 in Time.
Enter Honest Gil Fulbright
The Honest Gil Fulbright campaign is political satire at its best. This fake presidential candidate, brought to us by the group Represent.US tells it like it is. The goal is to shed light on the corruption in politics thanks to “big-money special interest and lobbyists.”
What About The Donald?
As part of the Trump machine, Donald never misses an opportunity to let us all know he’s rich. I mean, really rich. This means he is using his own money to fund his campaign. In turn, he won’t owe any special interests and lobbyists any favors once he’s in the White House.
Learn about Donald Trump and how the hosts feel about his chances at the White House, plus a lot more in this episode of Flash Past.