Try to contain your tears until the end. Poor Donald Trump has been fighting “no” his whole life, with only a “small” million dollar loan from his daddy, he told voters Monday during a New Hampshire town hall hosted by TODAY’s Matt Lauer.
Sure, that doesn’t sound that tough, but that’s only because you don’t see the whole picture. His daddy also told him to avoid Manhattan, but the Donald forged ahead into the brave new world with nothing but his million dollars and some schemes.
“My whole life really has been a ‘no’ and I fought through it. It has not been easy for me, it has not been easy for me,” Trump told New Hampshire voters at the NBC-sponsored town hall. “I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars.”
This million dollars might seem like a lot to you, but it’s not, Trump assured voters, “My whole life, really, has been a ‘no’ and I fought through it. It has not been easy for me. I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan and I started buying properties, and I did great.”
After Lauer expressed that a million dollars isn’t going to seem small to most people, Trump clarified, “A million dollars isn’t very much compared to what I’ve built.”
Trump must not realize that the privilege is getting the loan just for existing, and that paying it back doesn’t remove the privilege.
This kind of shell game is how he plans to “fix” the booming economy as well. A voter asked Trump about his specific plans for the economy, asking if he just expected people to trust him because of his last name. “I think they should,” Trump said. (This question makes no sense, Trump has used loopholes to declare bankruptcy so many times it’s part of his process to use government to get out of trouble. He wouldn’t be able to do that as president. Obviously.)
When pushed further he explained he planned to lower taxes and renegotiate trade deals. See the economy under all recent Republicans for how that turns out.
Yet, Trump’s business deals are not exactly the old-fashioned, hard built with investment deals that he portrays them as. They are, in fact, often seeming shell games leveraged by the power of his celebrity last name. The Washington Post explained how Trump’s actual business dealings have strayed from the “old-fashioned” style he brags about:
But as the Puerto Rico example illustrates, Trump has become increasingly reliant on a different business model — one in which he makes money by harnessing his celebrity brand rather than risking capital in real estate investments.
Dozens of properties around the world bear his name or will after they are built, with some — a golf course in Dubai, a posh resort in Hawaii, gleaming condominium buildings in Panama and Istanbul — giving Trump cachet and big profits if they succeed but allowing him to avoid liability if they fail.
Asked what he is going to do with “illegal immigrants”, Trump assured voters he’s their guy because everyone else is “weak” on immigration because he’s “building a wall” and they’re not coming in any more, and he’s going to get Mexico to pay for the wall.
Lauer pressed Trump how he would specifically get them out, Trump said that he can deport millions of people with his managing skills. So that’s a no to specifics, but he claims his papers detail all of this.
Lest you think he doesn’t understand where you are coming from, Trump assured everyone that he has eaten at McDonald’s and driven himself. Phew.
Donald Trump running for president as a Republican is a horrible thing for the GOP. While Mitt Romney revealed the privilege and entitlement of the 1% that the Republican policies cater to, Donald Trump reveals the empty policy and ugly rhetoric Republicans have been using to get elected. Now he’s unveiling the whole package, adding the cherry on top of the craven tone-deafness of the Republican party by whining about getting a small $1 million loan.
The Trump destruction is on as Trump is polling 14 points below allegedly rehabbed stabber and rock-thrower Dr. Ben Carson in Iowa, according to a CBS poll released Monday.
Poor little rich boy Donald Trump knows hardship, starting off his empire of bankruptcies and shady deals with just a million dollars in Brooklyn. And you thought you had it bad. Please.
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