When Donald Trump entered the Republican primaries on June 16, 2015 there were already eleven well known politicians in the race. Over time, that number would grow to an astounding seventeen candidates. By many accounts this was one of the most formidable, talented group of Republicans to seek their party’s presidential nomination in many election cycles. And yet, less than eleven months later, on May 4, 2016, Donald Trump had defeated all sixteen of his rivals and stood as the presumptive Republican nominee.
A good synopsis of his biography is:
Real estate developer Donald John Trump was born in 1946, in Queens, New York. In 1971 he became involved in large, profitable building projects in Manhattan. In 1980, he opened the Grand Hyatt, which made him the city’s best-known and most controversial developer. In 2004 Trump began starring in the hit NBC reality series The Apprentice, which also spawned the offshoot The Celebrity Apprentice. Trump turned his attention to politics and in 2015, he announced his candidacy for president of the United States under the Republican ticket. After winning a majority of the primaries and caucuses, Trump was pronounced the official Republican candidate for president on July 19, 2016.
The following posts will contain my commentary on Donald Trump the candidate. Hillary Clinton will be considered in a subsequent set of similar posts.