Donald J. Trump is a business mogul, former reality TV star, and tireless self-promoting machine who set ablaze the world of the Democratic Party and their allies in the "fake news" media and the polling firms after he successfully won enough electoral college votes to bring to a humiliating end the horrifically run campaign of the "inevitable" Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump was born in Queens, New York on June 14, 1946 and received his bachelor's from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been married three times, first to Ivana Trump (1977-1992), then to Mara Maples (1993-1999) and finally to Melania Trump in 2005, the eventual First Lady. From those marriages have sprung his famous and successful progeny: Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric, Donald Jr., and Barron.
Trump's Business Empire
Over the decades Trump built a global business empire, largely based on his real estate ventures, which include luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs. He has started several businesses, some of which have flourished and others which have flopped, like the for-profit Trump University, which has resulted in multiple lawsuits claiming fraud that were settled for $25 million soon after he became president in 2017. In addition to his properties, Trump sells or has sold, ties, wine, steaks, you name it.
So how much is Trump worth? In February 2017, Forbes estimated Trump's net worth at around $3.5 billion. However, Trump estimates his own net worth at around three times that number, "in excess of $10 billion dollars," among other things, citing his personal brand as being far more valuable than Forbes maintains.
The 2016 Election
The 6'2", blond-haired, smirking, politically incorrect tycoon became the 45th President of These United States on January 20, 2017. His vanquishing of Clinton on November 8, 2016, in which he garnered 306 electoral votes compared to Clinton's miserable 232, is arguably the biggest upset in the history of the U.S. presidential election. Though polling groups and the national media had almost uniformly projected Clinton to bury Trump rather easily, by a little after 9 p.m. EST on election night, The New York Times' projection of the winner flipped on its head, while mainstream media pundits' previously near-ecstatic dispositions turned downright apocalyptic. To his critics' dismay, Trump's derided "Make America Great Again" campaign had won over most of the Rust Belt and the key swing states, including Florida, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Why was Trump's win so shocking? Well, he announced he was running for president in part by slamming illegal immigration and making the comment that many of those crossing the border illegally are "rapists." He spent the entirety of the Republican primary making clear that he was not going to stop tweeting personal and rather "unpresidential" insults at his enemies, both on the left and right. Establishment types in both parties largely dismissed Trump, even as he won state after state in the primaries. Then there were the pollsters, who consistently underestimated his appeal. Those who were not surprised by his victories were those who did not ignore the significance of his massive rallies, which dwarfed those of all the other candidates.