Despite numerous attacks on his credentials, mostly due to divisive comments that he’s made on the campaign trail, Donald Trump appears to be leading the Republican bandwagon. A billionaire real estate mogul, trump is an interestingly colorful and popular candidate, probably due to his work with celebrities, and also as a result of his ‘The Apprentice’ show. Definitely an influencer in this year’s race, here are 4 things you probably didn’t know about Donald J. Trump.
#1 His Family’s Last Name Used to be Drumpf
According to biographer Gwenda Blair, Trump’s family name used to be Drumpf, before evolving over centuries to ‘Trump’. According to Gwenda, one of Trump’s ancestors changed the name during the 30 years’ War in the 17th century. This revelation has recently led to a lot of fun on the internet, with users initiating the hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain on Twitter.
#2 He’s Not Self-Funding His Campaign
Donald Trump has said, on multiple occasions, that he’s not party to any special interests because he’s self-funding his campaign. This is not the case. Yes, the billionaire businessman has already given about $20 million to his campaign, but he’s also taken over $7 million in individual contributions.
#3 He Had Various Business Failures
Donald Trump is very successful in his real estate business, but he’s had his fair share of failures with other businesses. For instance, he listed Trump Vodka, which was later discontinued. He also folded up ‘Trump Magazine’, Trump World Magazine, and the travel booking GoTrump.com. More so, he’s already being sued for Trump University, which other politicians have said is fake. According to John Oliver, who hosts the ‘Last Week Tonight’ program, several trump-branded real estate developments have attracted a number of lawsuits targeting the businessman. Oliver was reportedly quoting an investigation by CBS News.
#4 Takes It Seriously When People Insult His Hands
Marco Rubio recently poked fun at trump’s ‘small hands’. “You know what they say about men with small hands?” Rubio’s insult isn’t new. In 1988, a satirical magazine known as ‘Spy’ referred to Trump as a ‘short-fingered vulgarian’. The billionaire reportedly didn’t take this well. Although the magazine is now defunct, Graydon Carter, who used to be an editor, says that Trump has sent multiple photos of him, circling his hands in a valiant effort to demonstrate the length of his fingers.
Interesting? Let’s see what more of Trump weekend as the debates and extensive coverage unfolds!