“… whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!”
From the lips of one of America’s former president, Richard Nixon, the words of his wise wife, Pat, have surely come to pass.
Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th President of the United States of America with Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President. America has decided.
According to the Guardian UK, the Associated Press, at 2:30am, “projected Trump had won Wisconsin and called the overall race for Trump, who passed the 270 electoral college votes he needed to secure the presidency.” and shortly afterwards, CNN and NBC reported that Clinton had called Donald Trump to concede but would not be making a public address.
This victory comes as a shock to many, but is It really that surprising that the Republicans had 276 of the needed 270 to win while the democrats got 218: an unexpected margin.
TRUMP FROM THE BEGINNING
Donald John Trump, was born, on June 14 1946, and raised in Queens by his parents, Fred Trump, of German descent and his mum, Mary Macleod of Scottish descent.
At age 13, he was enrolled in the New York Military Academy, albeit against his will, where he finished high school in 1983.
At what point did Trump consider politics? Definitely not after high school.
Trump’s father was a bigshot in the New York real estate business during his time and this probably set the course for his own career because he eventually went into real estate; inheriting the wealth his father acquired and garnering even more wealth, although he filed for bankruptcy twice!
Trump got a bachelor of science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and then proceeded to work in the family business at Elizabeth Trump & Son, named after his father’s mother.
Donald Trump is best described as a businessman, a television producer, and a politician.
He first advanced into TV production when he was 23 and invested $70,000 to become co-producer of the 1970 Broadway comedy Paris Is Out! Although, the gig was unsuccessful, Trump later redeemed himself in 2003 with the very successful tv show, ‘The Apprentice’ which he hosted and was also the executive producer of. The show did so well and earned Trump so much and in 2007 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television.
The head of The Trump Organization first dabbled in presidential politics in 1987. He contested for president in 1988 after the Republican political organizer Mike Dunbar, started the “Draft Trump for President” campaign. At the time, Trump was a registered Democrat, but he bought the idea and formally changed his party registration to Republican in July of 1987
Trump was first married to Ivana Marie Trump, née Zelníčková, a cech American, in 1977. They were a very powerful and popular couple and had 3 children; Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, but trouble hit paradise when Ivana heard rumours that Trump was cheating on her with Marla Maples In 1990 she filed for a divorce which wasn’t settled until 1992.
Trump proceeded to marry Marla Maples in December of 1993, following the birth of their child, Tiffany Trump in October of the same year. They were married for 4 years, separated for 2 and then got divorced in 1999.
His current wife, Melanie Trump, met him at a Fashion Week party in 1998 (while he was separated from Maples) and there with a date too, but Melanie and Trump eventually started dating and broke up and then came back together again. In 2004 they got engaged and then in 2005 they got married. In 2005. Trump described their relationship saying,
“We literally have never had an argument, forget about the word ‘fight’ … We just are very compatible. We get along.”
Sexual Harassment Allegations
He has had his share sexual harassment allegations including one from his first wife Ivana;
In 1989, Donald’s first wife Ivana Trump stated in a deposition that he had ripped out some of her hair after a plastic scalp surgery. A 1993 book described the alleged attack as a “violent assault,” and says that Ivana later told some friends that he had raped her. The accusation, which Donald said was “obviously false”, was withdrawn as part of a settlement agreement. Later, in a July 2016 campaign endorsement, Ivana said her statements were “without merit” and made in a time of “high tension.”
There was a 2005 recording, made on a studio bus while preparing to film an episode of Access Hollywood, on which Trump is heard bragging about kissing and groping women forcibly and with the show’s then-cohost Billy Bush. He states that “I just start kissing them…. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything … grab them by the pussy.” He also speaks of his efforts to seduce a married woman, saying he “moved on her very heavily.”
Trump’s language was described by the media as “vulgar”, “sexist”, and descriptive of sexual assault. The incident prompted him to make his first public apology during the campaign, and caused outrage across the political spectrum, with many Republicans withdrawing their endorsements of his candidacy and some urging him to quit the race.
Following the release of the 2005 recording, at least 15 women came forward with new accusations of sexual misconduct including unwanted kissing and groping, resulting in widespread media coverage.
Trump has been called many things; Arrogant, bully, a loudmouth and even Hitler (according to submissions on Trump In One Word). He has been quoted many times with foot-in-mouth statements, especially sexist ones. Trump showed, on different occasions, that he didn’t quite think of women as very smart.
Back in August of 2015, Trump had an interview with Megyn kelly after which he he called her a ‘Bimbo’ on twitter and also suggested that she probably was on her period during the interview (to explain her behaviour).
At a certain point of the campaign, he stated that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be able to satisfy America since she couldn’t even satisfy her husband. That was harsh and the list is still quite long.
Back To The Present
All these and now America has voted in the 45th President and 48th Vice President of the United States of America.
Taking a quote from his just concluded speech;
“We’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you’ll be so proud of your president. It’s been an amazing honour…
“And I love this country. Thank you. Thank you very much.”
Congratulations to Trump-Pence!