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[–] Amadameus 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

(Note: I'm not super knowledgeable about politics, so others feel free to correct me)

You may remember Donald Trump as the super-rich businessman who led several TV shows with the line "You're fired!" on American TV. He's ultra rich and has investments in many markets but seems to be mostly in the real estate business.

Trump is running as a Republican candidate for the presidency, but he's doing so to the dismay of many in the Republican party. This is because American politics runs largely on money, and Republican sponsors don't like the idea of a candidate who already has so much wealth that their donations can't control him.

Trump is bombastic and unapologetic, having made several statements recently that were racist or offensive and it getting blown up by the media. Many people like this about him, since he's not a career politician he doesn't feel the need to self-censor and simply tells it like it is.

He had a piercingly accurate statement during the Republican debates where he mentioned the culture of political donations and the expectations that come from them - he's donated to many of the candidates there at one time or another, and those donations come with a silent but very explicit "you owe me" that donors are buying. All the other candidates tried very hard to distance themselves from this reality, but Trump simply shrugged and outright admitted it on national TV. Viewers at home are delighted to see someone who can make career politicians this uncomfortable!

Many people cite Trump's massive wealth as a sign that he can lead the US to economic recovery, but I'm not convinced. He inherited a great deal of wealth from his family and chances are many of his decisions are leveraged to benefit him, not the common good. A President has little effect on the economy, anyway - it's Congress that passes the laws.

Anyway.

Trump is currently under a lot of fire from the Republican party because they don't like the idea of a popular candidate who they can't control with their existing system of campaign donations. If you watch the RND you'll notice several pointed questions aimed at putting Trump in a bad light.

Trump has stated that if he's dropped from the Republican party, he'll continue to run as an independent - this is even more frightening for Republicans, because he could potentially split the Republican vote, giving the presidency to the Democrats.

I predict that Trump will run long enough for Republicans to get seriously upset over him (getting upset helps to catalyze their voting base) then Trump will be offered some massive cash buyout from "anonymous investors" to publicly endorse a candidate while he withdraws from the race. Trump will see it as a smart business decision, Republicans will see it as a way to consolidate their voting base.

But who knows? We will see.

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[–] MrPim 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I don't think many would say they hate him. Many like him a lot. I don't hate him, but I wouldn't want him as President. I think he's unqualified for the position, and I think he's a hot head who has gotten his own way his Entire life, and would be dangerous to the world at large.

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[–] Sadistic_Bastard 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

A toupee with a lotta money and no filter. I don't think I can make it any more concise than that.

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[–] Johnnyinterwebs 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

He's an art piece about american politics and business practices. At least, that is what I choose to believe.

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[–] OuttaMind 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I like this. This is my view on him now. Thanks for a new intresting outlook on him.

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[–] jaceame 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

His father was rich, he became rich/inherited a lot of money. He likes to say he is incredibly rich but refuses to prove that he is. He is openly offensive and egotistical. At the moment he is running for president, likely to get free publicity. Also he has a bad haircut.

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[–] Avnomke 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

His net worth is something like $10 billion, with a b. He managed to multiply his father's wealth by a factor of around 1,000.

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[–] jaceame 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

According to his claims he's worth well over ten billion. People who looked into it say he is worth anywhere between .5-7 billion. His father was worth 300 million at the time of hist death.

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[–] brandonttech 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I dont hate him but i dont think hes right for america. The ONLY thing i think hes good for is getting rid of corruption if he wanted too. Sense hes a billionaire he cant be bribed easily like other presidents. I will say that i like the fact that he is who he is. He doesn't try to change himself for mass appeal. making him a potentially a honest politician because he doesn't care what people think of him.

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[–] Scotcheggs 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Donald Trump has become such a character that I think most people can't take him seriously. He is a celebrity anymore than a businessman. I suppose that is why he has a lot of backlash. I'm not American either but when I listen to his interviews he seems to have a good comprehension of what's needed generally. Most American politicians are masters of rhetoric where they speak a lot of words that ultimately amount to nothing. Trump voices a strong opinion instead rather and is going against the grain. In Europe we have more than two political parties for our countries generally and people are apt here to go against the grain in politics but in America its pretty much revolutionary for them.

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[–] aileron_ron 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I see Trump is not a politically correct who say's what he think's.

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