Real estate mogul Donald Trump isn’t the most liked person in the United States, and throwing his hat in the ring for the Presidential election signals the start of what promises to be something comical. The man claims to have made his empire, which he believes to be worth $8 billion ( closer to $4 billion really depending on who you ask ), from scratch. The fact of the matter is that he began working for his father’s real estate company almost immediately after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, so he had a wee bit of help. I’m not saying that he isn’t an intelligent and shrewd businessman, but his claims are often caricatures of the truth and his personal character is also questionable for someone who wants to be President of the United States. Granted, there have been plenty of presidents with unsavory traits…
So what’s the big deal about Trump running for President? For starters he becomes the 16th Republican candidate to announce their bid for the Presidency, ensuring that the Republican nomination will be little more than a Benny Hill inspired rat race. His bold claims of not needing to raise funds because of his large personal wealth didn’t exactly come across the right way, and neither did his comments on immigration.
They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people.
In what some are calling a “45-minute festival of narcissism” the new Presidential candidate pretty much destroyed his chances of making it past the primaries. The above quote was taken directly from that speech in which Trump dropped the hammer on Mexico, instantly killing off any possibility of securing the Latino vote. The Washington Post put together a top 10 moments from Trump’s announcement, which I’m sure you’ll all get a kick out of.
Maybe I’m being a bit harsh on Trump, but I find it difficult to comprehend how someone who has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times can even be in consideration for running a nation. I get it, Chapter 11 bankruptcy can be a way to restructure a company and isn’t necessarily a sign of bad management since there are many other factors involved. But four times is a staggering number for someone worth billions, and while it may work for corporations it certainly will not hold for an entire nation with trillions in debt. Ultimately, his Presidential nod will be a stain on the Republican party that they will have an extremely difficult time removing. Let’s face it, there’s good and bad on both sides of the political fence. Regardless of which side you support, or even if you’re moderate, Trump’s campaign will make the next year very interesting to say the least.