By Maddie Cowan and Naomi VanderLey
Donald J. Trump, we have heard this name time and time again over the past few months, especially. As a Republican candidate in the upcoming 2016 presidential election, Mr. Trump has repeatedly dominated numerous political polls. But Mr. Trump’s name is also surrounded by clouds of controversy, from his anti-immigration policies to his questionable comments about women. So just how did the one and only Donald Trump become the extremely controversial political figure he is today?
Mr. Trump’s political focus on terrorism and national security concerns have garnered significant support among working-class voters. But his politically incorrect anti-illegal-immigration policy positions and other controversial statements have caused much opposition towards Mr. Trump from numerous Hispanics/Latinos, Muslims, other minority groups, business leaders, Democrats, and even other Republicans.
Some voters enjoy Donald Trump’s lack of a filter.
“He always speaks his mind which I really like,” said senior Jackson Smith.
Others, however, find Mr. Trump’s willingness to say anything to get media attention disturbing.
“I do not like him at all. He would be terrible for America. He has little experience with foreign relations and has said some very discriminatory political statements,” said senior Catherine Warren.
Donald John Trump is a renowned businessman, media personality and now politician who was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York. According to Biography.com, he was the fourth of five children born to Mary-Ann and Fred Trump. Fred Trump was one of New York City’s most prominent real estate developers. Mr. Trump studied two years at Fordham University then transferred to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from where he graduated in 1968. Right after graduating from college, Donald Trump’s net worth was about a million dollars.
According to Wikipedia.com, Mr. Trump then went on to work for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son. In 1971, Mr. Trump gained control of the firm and renamed it “The Trump Organization.” Over the years, Mr. Trump has developed numerous hotels, golf courses and other properties and helped to develop the NBC reality show “The Apprentice.” Contestants in the show were one after the other “fired” and eliminated from the game. In 2004, Mr. Trump applied for trademark of the catchphrase “You’re fired.” Mr. Trump has been nominated for an Emmy award twice and has appeared in multiple movies and television series over the years including Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Days of Our Lives.
Mr. Trump has been a well-known celebrity media presence throughout the past couple decades or so. His numerous marriages and other personal scandals have garnered attention from the media as well.
Additionally, his captivating head of hair draws much attention.
“His hair is truly a work of art, a masterpiece equal to the Mona Lisa,” said senior Alyssa Houser.
Mr. Trump has also become famous for his reputation of suing anyone and everyone. The list of people and organizations that Mr. Trump has sued is quite extensive ranging from “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” to Rosie O’Donnell according to John Oliver of the “Last Week Tonight” show.
In June 2015, Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for U.S. President in the 2016 election, and his campaign for the Republican nomination has gained widespread media coverage greatly due to his controversial statements and policy positions. He has consistently been the front-runner in public opinion polls for the Republican nomination, and very recently won the Virginia primary, winning 17 delegates.
With Mr. Trump’s recent win in the Virginia Republican primary, it appears the most controversial man in America could indeed become not only the Republican presidential nominee but possibly even become the next Commander-in-Chief.