(June 14, 1946-) is a famous (sic) real estate mogul known for slapping his name
on the front of his innumerable hotels, casinos, resorts and golf courses. He also hosts a TV program
you might've heard about.
Most of his capital is rooted in New York City
, where he owns several million square feet of property, including half of the Empire State Building
. But this is a secondary achievement to Donald's hairstyle
, which rivals any architecture he's built.
In The Seventies
, Trump inherited his real estate business from his father Fredrick (rechristening it "The Trump Organization", natch). Following a five-year apprenticeship under his dad, Donald relocated to New York City to begin his career in earnest. He went on to gather up Manhattan's most profitable properties like so many vacant Monopoly
existed in The Eighties
, Trump would already have had an entry on it. His 1987
semi-autobiographical book, The Art of the Deal
, sold extremely
well as people began to identify him with American entrepreneurship and shrewd power brokering. It was around this time that Trump started to appear As Himself
in television Dom Coms
and films, including Home Alone 2
and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
, where the characters invariably treat him with a reverence usually reserved for royalty. His golden boy image took a beating in The Nineties
as the result of bankruptcies (which he insists—not unreasonably—were actually strategic business decisions
), a much-publicized extramarital affair, and mounting debt (partly as a result of the 1980s recession), but he managed to bounce back.
Since 2004, Trump stars in The Apprentice
, his own reality TV series (created by Mark Burnett
, the brains behind Survivor
) on NBC
. The show consists of a selection of candidates competing against each other for an open slot in one of Trump's companies. The program was wildly successful and remains one of the highest-rated reality shows to date. Since then, Donald Trump's mug has been pretty much impossible to avoid.
He also holds joint-ownership over the Miss Universe pageant, also encompassing Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Not bad work if you can get it.
Trump's brief run for the Republican presidential nomination for 2012 was seen by some as a ratings stunt. He was a proponent of the "birther
" theory, so his campaign was ended after the birther train was stopped for good by Barack Obama
providing his long-form birth certificate.
Donald Trump provides examples of:
- He's hosted two Wrestlemanias and been an active participant in WWE promos, highlighted by his "feud" with rival CEO Vince McMahon.
- Not content with prime time, Trump took daytime TV by storm when a tabloid war erupted between himself and Rosie O'Donnell, then-host of the American morning talk show The View.
- After Rosie, Barack Obama was this to him.
- Later on, Jon Stewart to the list.
- Awesome McCoolname: Might also be interpreted as a Prophetic Name, given his knack for trumpeting himself.
- Brooklyn Rage: Made efforts to cultivate this image over the years, despite not being native. Trump's persona is that of a straight-talking, tough New Yorker whose face resembles a pit bull in repose. And yet he doesn't know how to eat NY-style pizza correctly.
- Catchphrase: "You're fired." Inverted regularly in the season finales of The Apprentice, when he announces "You're hired."
- Conspiracy Theorist: Even after the release of the so-called 'long form' he's still not satisfied that Barack Obama is a US citizen born in Hawaii. He's also convinced Jon Stewart is up to something owing to him changing his last name to "Stewart", calling him a secret Jew despite the fact that Stewart makes jokes about his Jewishness all the time.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Trump's resurgence in business which was symbolized by the, erm... erection of a 68-story Trump Tower in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Trump was so happy with the finished product, he sprouted more "Trump Towers" in major cities throughout the U.S., including one which looms directly over the U.N. Headquarters. Now you can't ignore his girth.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Launch a campaign against him for sexism, racism and general obnoxiousness? Threaten to sue the pants off the people organising the boycott. A comedian makes a joke about you because of your obnoxious attitude towards President Obama's birth AFTER the certificate was released? Try suing him as well, because you certainly don't deserve to be mocked while behaving so obnoxiously in the public eye.
- Disproportionate Reward: According to a story, after Trump's limo broke down during a trip to Atlantic City, a husband and wife stopped behind him and helped get the limo going again, and Trump later paid for the deed to their house on their behalf. Trump confirmed this story as true during the third season of The Apprentice.
- Egopolis: Trump 'brands' his buildings with the Trump name displayed prominently, often placing large gold "T" symbols throughout the interior rooms. He probably has a caped uniform with a "T" on its chest in his closet, too. Later on, he spelled out his name in colossal letters on the Trump International Hotel in Chicago. It has been roundly condemned as tacky by the Mayor, architects, and ordinary citizens, to the point that the architect who designed the building (and had been praised for said design) publicly declared that he had no knowledge of or involvement in the sign.
- Fountain of Expies: Many corrupt and/or Jerkass businessmen in mainstream media have been inspired by him, such as the Biff Tannen of 1985-A in Back to the Future Part II.
- Frivolous Lawsuit: Has issued a few of these.
- Humiliation Conga:
- Trump was on the receiving end of this from Barack Obama at the end of April 2011. On Wednesday, after Trump jumped on the "birther" issue, Obama released the long sought after "long form birth certificate", making Trump look somewhat foolish (though Trump boasted about how proud he was of getting the certificate released; he probably still didn't believe it). On the Saturday, Trump was the subject of more roasting than the President at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, including some major zingers directed his way by the President. And finally, on the Sunday night, just to make a bad week worse for Trump, Celebrity Apprentice was interrupted for the news that Obama had ordered a successful raid and killing on Osama bin Laden.
- He later through this in Scotland, where a documentary of his attempts to build a golf course showed him in a negative light, due to his dickish treatment of local residents and attempts to circumvent local government ordinances. Trump's attempt to order the BBC to stop the airing of said documentary failed; indeed, it brought on the Streisand Effect. And as a result a local farmer whom Trump spent a lot of effort insulting due to his refusal to sell his land was voted Glenfiddich's 'Scotsman of the Year'. Since Trump is now picking a fight with one of Scotland's top distilleries for sponsoring said contest, this conga is likely to continue for a while longer.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Apparently a mixture of a cross-grid combover and three cans of hairspray.
- Informed Ability: While he's proven very able at keeping and increasing his personal wealth, he has a poor record as an actual businessmen - by which we mean he's not particularly good at running successful companies. Quite aside from the time-consuming, expensive, and infamous feuds his companies have declared bankruptcy multiple times. While he would have you believe that's par for the course, some of those bankruptcy settlements have actually included provisions that forced Trump to give up any management position within the company and to sell off his majority of stock shares. Essentially, he's proven himself quite good at spending other people's money, running companies into the ground, and then using the bankruptcy laws to protect his own substantial earnings and walking away with a small mountain-range's worth of cash. Too bad for his investors, creditors, and employees.
- Insane Troll Logic: Continuing the birther theory after it was officially disproved is just stupid.
- Not that it was any less stupid before that...
- It's All About Me: Need help carrying that ego around, Donald? It looks pretty heavy, particularly when you don't give two shits about innocent people you're affecting.
- Cracked has three separate articles about his most outrageous acts.
- The Discovery documentary series Mighty Planes did an episode on Trump's private Boeing 757, and although meant to showcase the plane and how much Trump cared about it, what comes across instead is what a pain in the ass Trump is to work for. At several points his employees will talk about why "Mister Trump" will be upset because of a problem (such a takeoff before the airport closes) when the reason for the problem is Trump himself.
- Metaphorgotten: He opposes gay marriage because of new trends in golf putter preference.
- Never My Fault: ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the fall of the United States Football League was titled Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?. The title was taken from a comment Trump makes in it, about how he got involved with the league even though he "knew it would be small potatoes." The documentary acknowledges that the USFL was pretty much screwed in their antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League in part because the jury saw Trump associated with them and figured that they must be better off financially than they were. Trump refuses to accept any blame for any part he played in the USFL's demise.
- Not So Different: Despite their hatred for each other, both Trump and Rosie O'Donnell have pushed conspiracies. Trump's a "birther" who questions the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate, while O'Donnell is a 9/11 truther who thought Bush was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks because, among other reasons, "you can't melt steel with fire"note
- Rich Bastard: Most definitely.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Oh yeah. The worst example would be in Scotland.
- Screw Your Ultimatum!: In late October 2012, Trump demanded that Obama release his college records (presumably because they would show his true place of birth) by October 31st at 5pm and would donate $5 million to a charity of the President's choice. Obama ignored the ultimatum for two reasons: the election, and at that time Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast. Also because when your the most powerful man in the world, no one expects you to respond to that kind of stupid crap.
- Self-Deprecation: You've got to admit he can laugh at himself like at his roast and originally at the White House Correspondent's Dinner before the jokes against him got more scathing, which is unusual for someone so card-carryingly vain. Such as when Obama said he had a video of his birth, then played the opening scene of The Lion King.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Depending on your point of view, either has one in Barack Obama, or is one to him. Either way, their feud is hilarious in its absurdity (mostly owing to Trump's stupidity), as illustrated in this page. Obama seems to pretty much ignore him.
- Self-Made Man: In the sense that he inherited his business, went broke (bankrupting a casino is, as many have noted, no mean feat), and then rebuilt himself.
- Shameless Self-Promoter: Good GOD.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Nicknamed "The Donald", after his first wife Ivana Trump referred to him as such in an interview.
- Take a Third Option: He dislikes Bush too along with Obama.
- Terrified of Germs: Avoids pressing the call buttons on elevators, or even shaking hands. (Which would make him an interesting head of state.)
- This Means War!: As soon as major networks called the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama, he had a (now partially-deleted) Twitter meltdown, denouncing the election as a "sham" and a "travesty," and calling for a "revolution." His major complaint was that Obama had secured the electoral college while being behind in the popular vote. Shortly after he posted his rant, the ballots from West Coast states were tallied, giving Obama a popular majority to go with the college.
- Upper-Class Twit: You could rename that trope "The Donald Trump," and no meaning would be lost.