Wealthy real estate magnate, chronic and unrepentant fraudster -- and unfortunately the 45th President of the United States. Born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York City, Trump grew up in a wealthy family that owned real estate businesses. He worked for his father's real estate development company after college, eventually taking over the business and expanding it into a global empire. He became a prominent figure in the New York City business and social scene in the 1980s, and gained national recognition through his appearances on the television show "The Apprentice" which began airing in 2004. # Trump's political career Trump re-entered politics in the [2016 presidential election](https://doctorparadox.net/category/politics/2016-election/), running as the [Republican Party](https://doctorparadox.net/the-gop-is-3-cults-in-a-trenchcoat/) nominee. He campaigned on a platform of economic [[nationalism]], promising to bring back jobs to the United States and put "America first" -- a slogan originally made popular in the 1930s by pro-Hitler [fascist sympathizers](https://doctorparadox.net/people-data/american-fascists-and-the-global-right/) and [[isolationist]]s who advocated for staying out of WWII (more: [[World War II Timeline]]). He won the election, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the electoral college despite losing the popular vote. During his presidency, Trump pursued a controversial and divisive agenda, implementing a series of policies on immigration, trade, and healthcare that were met with widespread criticism and opposition. His presidency was also marked by several high-profile scandals, including investigations into his ties to Russia and his alleged efforts to interfere in the [2020 presidential election](https://doctorparadox.net/category/politics/2020-election/). After losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, Trump refused to concede and falsely claimed that the election had been rigged. His supporters [stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021](https://doctorparadox.net/january-6-attack/), in an attempt to overturn the election results, leading to Trump's second impeachment by the House of Representatives. Trump (reluctantly) left office on January 20, 2021, and has since remained a polarizing figure in American politics -- running again for the 2024 Republican nomination despite being the [first former President in history to be criminally indicted](https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/30/nyregion/trump-indictment-hush-money-charges.html). ## Associates - [[Paul Manafort]] - [[Roger Stone]] - [[Steve Bannon]] - [[Mike Flynn]] - [[Rudy Giuliani]] - [[Mike Pence]] - [[Betsy DeVos]] - [[Erik Prince]] - [[John Eastman]] - [[Paul Gosar]] - [[Rupert Murdoch]] ## Trump facts - Trump has said his favorite movie is Citizen Kane, based on newspaper magnate [[William Randolph Hearst]]. Director Orson Welles was consciously likening Kane's character to [fascists](https://doctorparadox.net/people-data/american-fascists-and-the-global-right/) of the [[America First Committee (AFC)]] of the time in his 1941 film. ## More information - [Writings about Trump](https://doctorparadox.net/tag/donald-trump/)