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Election of 2016
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A Presidency in Review
Despite losing the Popular Vote, New York City real estate developer and reality TV star Donald J. Trump won the Electoral College in one of the biggest political upsets in U.S. history. His victory in the Election of 2016 was greeted with mass protest by Democrats, who took to the streets to voice their disdain for the President-Elect. A Women's March held after Trump's inauguration drew 500,000 demonstrators in D.C., 3.5 million across the U.S., and 4.8 million worldwide. With approval ratings hovering slightly above 40%, Trump continues to be a polarizing Chief Executive, with half the nation still refusing to accept his election. If he is to be successful as the 45th U.S. President, the former reality star will need to mend some significant political fences – although those so vehemently against him will also have to reach across the aisle. Source: The History Channel
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Donald Trump Fun Facts
Trump is the first person ever elected to the U.S. Presidency without any previous government or military experience. He also became one of five U.S. Presidents elected without winning the Popular Vote: John Quincy Adams (1824), Rutherford Hayes (1876), Benjamin Harrison (1888), and George W. Bush (2000).
Trump began his career working for his father's real estate development firm, taking over its leadership in the 1970s. In the ensuing decades, he acquired and built hotels, office towers, casinos and golf courses. Forbes magazine estimated that Trump's net worth in 1988 was $1 billion, and this grew to about $4 billion in 2015. Of course, Trump has disputed Forbes' estimates of his current wealth, claiming to be worth over $10 billion.
Trump is closely associated with a reality TV show called The Apprentice in which the contestants take part in challenges in order to get a chance to work under American billionaires. (Trump earned as much as $1 million per episode.) In the show, which ran for 14 seasons, Trump dismissed some of the contestants using the phrase "You're fired!", which he intended to use in his games and casinos. The game he released called "Trump, the Game" has a tag that says, "I'm back and you're fired!" According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he even filed a trademark application for the phrase. It was denied.
Trump has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which he received in 2007 for the reality TV show The Apprentice.
Despite its appearance, Trump's hair is real - and he gets his haircuts from his wife Melania. Trump has stated that all he does is take a shower, wash his hair, read the newspaper while it dries, comb it and spray it. He also commented that the reason his hair looks so "neat" all the time is because he doesn't expose himself to outside environment, as he spends most of his time in his limousine, private jet, helicopter, or his private club, and that the only time he is outside is when he plays golf.
Trump had considered being in the politics since 1987, when he enrolled as a Republican with the Board of Elections. In 1999, he changed to the Independence Party because he was thinking of running for President as a Reform Party candidate in 2000. Again in August 2001, he made another switch to being a Democrat, because he has many friends who are Democrats and that most of the politicians he knew are Democrats. In 2009, he again switched back to being a Republican stating that Republican Party is where his heart is.
Published between the years 1986 and 1998, Spy Magazine was a satirical magazine whose writers had an interesting idea to prank the rich in 1990. To do so, they created a fully-funded and incorporated company called National Refund Clearinghouse and opened a checking account. Then they sent a check of $1.11 to 58 well-known people such as Cher, Henry Kissinger... and Donald Trump. Of the 58, only 26 cashed the check. They repeated the experiment with $0.64 to these 26 people, and only 13 of them cashed. Then they sent these 13 people checks for $0.13, and this time it was only two people – a Saudi Arabian arms dealer called Adnan Khashoggi and, once again, Donald Trump.
In 1999, Trump proposed a one-time tax of 14.25% on individuals with net-worth $10 million or more and claimed that it would raise $5.7 trillion which could wipe out the National Debt (at that time, at least). Trump said that, according to his calculations, his tax plan would burden only 1% of Americans who control 90% of the wealth, leaving the other 99% of the people with deep reductions on their federal income taxes. He also said that completely paying off the National Debt would save $200 billion a year in interest payments and that depositing $100 million annually in the Social Security trust fund would generate $3 trillion over the next 30 years. (His tax "reform" changed drastically after taking office as President.)
Trump dislikes shaking hands with other people and is a self-professed germophobe. It isn't just the hands of other people that Trump doesn't want to touch, but everything that is touched or used by anyone else. He doesn't even like to push the ground floor elevator button because it would have been pushed my many people. And apparently, he specifically avoids touching the hands of teachers because they are very likely to have been in physical contact with kids.
Trump has been sued 3,500 times by his business partners, contractors, clients, employees, and banks. Among the 3,500 legal cases that Trump was involved in over the last three decades, 1,900 were against Trump or one of his companies. In 1,450 of them, they were defendants, and 150 of them were about bankruptcy and other cases. Also, Trump was named in at least 169 lawsuits in the Federal court. There were also several other cases in a court in Florida since 1983. The topics of these cases include contract disputes, defamation claims, allegations of sexual harassment and rape, and tax disputes, with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance obtaining tax liens against his properties for nonpayment of taxes.
The character Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future was based on Trump. In the trilogy, Biff Tannen, portrayed by actor Thomas F. Wilson, is a towering, violent, and selfish bully who intimidates and cheats to get what he wants. Recently, after renewed interest in Back to the Future II, numerous commentators noted similarities between the older version of Biff Tannen and Donald Trump. When the writer Bob Gale was asked about these similarities, he replied that they were intentional and that the character was indeed based on Donald Trump, who was already well-known in the late 1980s for his real estate business.
Trump played a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In the movie, there is a scene in which the character Kevin McCallister walks around the Plaza Hotel and then asks Trump if he could point him in the direction of the front desk. Trump responds to the question saying, "Down the hall, to the left," after which Kevin thanks him and walks off. The Plaza Hotel's lobby in which one of the scenes takes place originally has Italian Ravenna tiled floors which were entirely covered with carpets. So, during the filming of the scene when Kevin slides down the floor into the elevator, the filmmakers asked Trump if they could remove the carpet. When the carpet was removed, Trump liked the tiles so much that he never had the carpet back again.
Between 1996 and 2015, Trump owned part or all of the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants. Trump owned the beauty pageants, and when he was dissatisfied how CBS scheduled his pageants he took both Miss Universe and Miss USA to NBC in 2002. Trump was also involved in some controversies regarding the pageants. When the 2006 winner of Miss USA was tested positive for cocaine, he let her keep the crown for the sake of giving her a second chance. In 2015, NBC and Univision ended their business with Miss Universe organization because of his negative speech about Mexican immigrants in his presidential campaign. Trump later filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision, alleging breach of contract and defamation. Later that year in September, he bought NBC's stake and became the sole owner of Miss Universe Organization... but sold his interests to WME/IMG.
Trump is in the WWE Hall of Fame... as in the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame! Yup! You read that correctly! Long before he stepped into the Oval Office, Trump was helping to shape the future of the squared circle. In fact, he had been making a consistent impact on WWE since the days when Andre the Giant was still king. The Donald's Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. hosted both WrestleMania IV and WrestleMania V — the only venue to present The Show of Shows two years in a row. Since those unforgettable nights, Trump has remained a familiar face in the front row of WWE events, but it wasn't until 2007 that the billionaire got in on the action. In January of that year, Trump interrupted Mr. McMahon's "Fan Appreciation Night" on Monday Night RAW and dropped tens of thousands of dollars from the rafters of the arena onto the WWE fans below. Red-faced that a rival would steal the spotlight from him, Mr. McMahon challenged Trump to a "Battle of the Billionaires" at WrestleMania 23 with the stipulation that the loser of the bout would have his head shaved bald. A record number of viewers tuned in to watch Trump back Bobby Lashley to victory over Mr. McMahon's Umaga and subsequently shave the WWE Chairman's signature mane in the center of the ring. The business magnates locked horns again in June 2009 when Trump purchased Monday Night RAW and immediately announced that next week's show would air commercial-free and that every WWE fan that who purchased a ticket would be given a full refund. The trademark Trump public relations flourish nearly made Mr. McMahon's head explode and forced him to buy his show back from Trump for twice the price. With his inauguration in 2017, Trump became the first WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2013) to become U.S. President.