I’ve been steaming about Donald Trump ever since he said that John McCain isn’t a war hero. He claims that nobody was insulted, well, I was insulted. I’ve always thought of Donald Trump as nothing but a blowhard with more money than sense and, with his campaign for President, he’s proving me correct. With even non-Republican friends saying things like, “I admire his honesty”, I thought I should write this blog to add some facts into Trump’s veneer.
While John McCain was flying missions over Vietnam and a POW, Donald Trump was using Daddy’s money and government deferments to attend Fordham University and, then the University of Pennsylvania. Once Trump graduated, he had a job at his father’s real estate company waiting for him and $200,000 in his pocket, according to a Washington Post article. Trump makes himself out to be a self-made man, but the truth is – he didn’t do this all on his own.
Hell, all of us could be rich if we started with family connections and $200,000 in our pocket. He isn’t someone to be admired. People who should be admired are the ones who started with nothing and rose to the top of the heap. People like Kenny Troutt (the founder of Excel Communications), Ralph Lauren (founder of Polo), Larry Ellison (Oracle founder), Oprah (like I have to tell you), Ursula Burns (CEO of Xerox), and John Paul Dejoria (co-founder of John Paul Mitchell) are the people to be admired. Each one of them started from the very bottom and they worked their way up into Billionaire status and (as far as I know), unlike Trump, not a bankruptcy among them.
It’s time to relegate Trump and the blowhards like him to the ignore zone. We shouldn’t be putting boys like him on pedestals and walking around clamoring like he’s worth our time. His comments regarding immigrants from Mexico pander to the lowest of Americans, whom we should really leave behind. Racists have no place in American society and, if Donald Trump wants to be their leader, let him do it outside of the view of TV cameras.