President Donald J. Trump Explained

He’s arguably one of the most liked and equally disliked people in the country right now. I know reading back on this, that fact might change either way, but as of January 2017, at the beginning of his Presidency and first term…he’s made some very bold and unfavorable moves.

He’s been a part of our lives for the better part of a year, making headway in the Republican debates in Autumn 2015 and securing the nomination at the RNC on May 2016. I would argue that most of that year you spent on social media, getting caught up on what’s been happening and getting informed on what he’s done now. While you were doing that, you were subjected to a Civil War of insults, facts, articles, graphs, tweets, and opinions from friends or now “unfollowed” acquaintances. I get it.

It’s my opinion that a well-informed understanding of a man, without bias, is his right. I think it would do us all some good to know the full story too.

To know Donald J. Trump, you have to know his systems. Everyone who has ever been born has been born into a system. A loving family, a crack den, an adoption, an abusive father, living on the streets, etc. Everyone has a different environment. You have friends, you have some semblance of family, and you have influences. Donald Trump is no different. Donald’s systems were clear. A family of wealth. A city of power. A legacy to make.

Donald grew up in New York, New York, a product of industry. His father, Fred Trump, was a real-estate developer. Donald grew up right along side his father, working with him for five years. His father has been quoted saying:

“some of my best deals were made by my son, Donald…everything he touches seems to turn to gold.”

After graduating from The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, in 1968, Donald beings working with his father on apartment complexes in Queens and Brooklyn. Later in life, those deals will be scarred with scandal.

I’m sure it’s much easier for you to visualize both sides of this man’s life in lists. So here is a GOOD, and BAD list of his life:

The Good.

1987, Trump’s first book, “Trump: The Art of the Deal” is published and becomes a bestseller. The Donald J. Trump Foundation is established in order to donate a portion of profits from book sales to charities.
1988, Trump’s private jet flew a seriously ill Jewish boy from California to New York for medical treatment
2005, Establishes Trump University, which offers seminars in real estate investment
2008, After Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew were murdered, Trump sheltered her and her family at the Trump International Hotel & Tower free of charge
– Trump has tended to give modest sums to a number of national health organizations such as American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Alliance for Lupus Research, Autism Speaks, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, and more.
2014, After Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was released from a prison in Mexico, Donald sent him a big check to help get him back on his feet

The Bad.

1973, Fred and Donald Trump are named in a Justice Department lawsuit alleging Trump property managers violated the Fair Housing Act by turning away potential African-American tenants. The Trumps deny the company discriminates and file a $100 million countersuit, which is later dismissed. The case is settled in 1975, and the Trumps agree to provide weekly lists of vacancies to black community organizations.
– Nearly $1 billion in personal debt by 1990, Trump reaches an agreement with bankers allowing him to avoid declaring bankruptcy.
– By 1991 The Trump Taj Mahal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
1992, The Trump Plaza and the Trump Castle casinos file for bankruptcy
2004, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
2009, Announces his resignation from his position as chairman of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Days later, the company files for bankruptcy protection
2010, After multiple lawsuits directed at the for-profit Trump University, the university was defunct.
2015, NBC says it is cutting its business ties to Trump and won’t air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of “derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants.”
– Rest of 2015 & 2016 unnecessarily vulgar, racist, or sexist statements made on twitter, debates, interviews, or recorded audio.

Odd to sum up a man’s life in a series of successes and failures. Would people like me if I was exposed as much as he? Would you? I could have given more examples on both sides, but you get the idea.

Why is Donald J. Trump so hated? Why do we get SO MAD at him? Besides his sins being in the full public eye, this is why.

– He’s reactionary
– He’s intentionally provocative
– He cares little what people think
– He knows many things, GREAT things
– He’s confident to the point of arrogance
– He cares very much about his deeply built ego
– He speaks before understanding the full effect of what he says or how it will affect others.

It comes down to this.  You may consider him #NotMyPresident and I get the protest there within. Truly. I will also give you the benefit of the doubt in you knowing that if you’re living in the United States….Donald J. Trump is the President of the country we live in. That is the bottom line. Right.

So if you support him, you support him for a list of reasons. I understand that. You can also be a Christian and support him. There are a few of them in my church and many all over this country. That’s fine. If you do support something, though, and now I’m talking about ANY cause…you have to prepare yourself and ask yourself one very critical question: “What does this cause/person have to do for me to discontinue support?”

This question doesn’t only pertain to Trump. Many people lost faith and support in Obama over the years because of the things he failed to carry out in accordance with his voters and constituents. Same with Bush. Same with Lincoln.

I’m not asking you to lose faith in Trump or to disown him. This post isn’t a protest to get you to hate him. I don’t believe people are so easily swayed when it comes to this topic. Merely, have a discussion with yourself about your personal support for Trump. Blindly following someone is a dangerous road. With his history of crossing boundaries, be prepared to remind yourself how far is too far. If it never comes to that for you, then by all means, continue your support.

Maybe years from now I’ll do a follow-up to this post. As of now, let’s see what happens. His first week in office has been quite a doozy.

– Trump suspended the US refugee admissions program for 120 days and Syrian refugee admissions program indefinitely.
– Trump cut the US’s refugee quota for this year in half and stated that “religious minorities” should get priority for the remaining spots.
– Trump blocked immigrants and visa holders from seven majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan — from entering the US for 90 days. According to government agencies, this order applies not just to refugees or immigrants newly seeking entry into the US, but even to people from those seven countries who currently hold green cards and are permanent US residents. That means that if these people leave the US, they may not be allowed back in. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
– Immigration: the US is going to be deporting a lot more people.
– Trump reinstated the “global gag rule,” a policy from previous Republican administrations that blocks federal funding from international family planning organizations that “either provide abortion or discuss abortion services with their clients,” as Emily Crockett put it. However, he also greatly expanded its scope — it now applies not just to family planning organizations but to all global health organizations that get US funding.
– As he promised, Trump withdrew the US from negotiations over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. This is no surprise to anyone who paid attention during the campaign, but it marks a major reversal from the Obama administration’s strong support of the proposed agreement and recent presidents’ support of big multilateral trade deals generally.
– Trump announced a hiring freeze throughout the federal government except for the military and national security or public safety positions.
– The new administration has also put a freeze on public communications (like news releases and social media posts) and grant spending at several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency.
– Housing policy: the rollback of a last-minute Obama rate cut.
– Health care: a vague anti-Obamacare order that nobody’s sure what to make of it.
– Trump signaled his support of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, which critics have argued endangers a reservation’s water supplies and sacred sites. The pipeline still faces an environmental impact review from the Army Corps of Engineers, though.
– Trump also encouraged TransCanada to resubmit its application to build the Keystone XL pipeline (the Obama administration had rejected it) and pledged quick action on any new application. The ball is in the company’s court now.



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