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Donald Trump
Trump speaking before CPAC in 2011
Personal details
Born Donald John Trump
June 14, 1946 (age 75)
Queens, New York City, U.S.
Political party Republican (1987–1999, 2009–2011, 2012–present)
Other political
affiliations
* Reform (1999–2001)
Children 5, including Donald Jr. and Ivanka
Residence Mar-a-Lago
Occupation Television Host - Businessman - Politican

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American media personality, businessman, and politician who was the Republican Party nominee for President in 2016 and 2020.

Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump attended Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1968. He became the president of his father Fred Trump's real estate business in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization. Trump expanded the company's operations to building and renovating skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He later started various side ventures, mostly by licensing his name. Trump and his businesses have been involved in more than 4,000 state and federal legal actions, including six bankruptcies. He owned the Miss Universe brand of beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015. From 2003 to 2015 he co-produced and hosted the reality television series The Apprentice.

As a candidate for political office, Trump has been described as right-wing populist, with isolationist and nationalist policy proposals including the construction of a large wall along the U.S.-Mexico Border, ending the DACA program, calling for the abolition of mutual-defense agreements such as NATO and seeking to abolish trade deals such as the the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump entered the 2016 Presidential election as a Republican, winning a crowded primary against Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Trump trailed during the general election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and eventually lost the election by a substantial margin in both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote.

After passing on a number of campaigns in 2018, Trump remained active in the Republican Party, becoming something of an ideological leader within the right wing components of the Party. Trump again entered the 2020 election as a Republican, and dominated the early contests. In April, Trump defeated former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and former Ohio Governor John Kasich to win the Republican nomination for a second time. Trump again lost in the general election to President Joe Biden, but refused to concede the election, alleging wide scale voter fraud. Trump and his allies encouraged state legislatures to void the election results and appoint electors supporting his candidacy. Additionally, his campaign launched over 200 different legal challenges protesting ballots in 23 states. Following the 1/6 Washington D.C. riots, Trump conceded the race to Biden, but maintained that large-scale election fraud caused his defeat.

Critics of Trump have characterized his views as racist, xenophobic and authoritarian. A number of American political and academic commentators have linked his campaign rhetoric to increasing anti-immigrant sentiment, racial tensions, and a rise in hate crimes against people of color. Additionally, Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women both before and during his political career. Trump is also characterized as "anti-democracy" by many opponents, including members of his own party, for allegedly colluding with foreign nations to gain an electoral advantage and for his alleged role in instigating the 1/6 D.C Riots. Trump is currently under investigation in the state of New York and by the Department of Justice for his role in the D.C. riots as well financial crimes and tax evasion.

Trump currently sits on the board of and chairs a number of major corporations and political organizations, including Cambridge Analytica and One America News Network.

Early Life and Career

2016 Presidential Election

Between 2016 and 2020

2020 Presidential Election

Post-2020 Activities

In spite of on-going investigations, Trump remains active in the Republican Party following the 2020 election. He is prominent supporter and financier of Andrew Giuliani's New York Gubernatorial campaign. Additionally, he is active in his son's own campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania, and his daughter-in-law's campaign for the United States Senate.

Trump formed the American First PAC following the 2016 Presidential Election, and served as its Chairman until it was disbanded in 2019. Following the 2020 election, Trump has formed the "Alliance for America," a political PAC supporting increasing restrictive measures for voter registration and voter ID initiatives. The group also endorses candidates who "share Donald Trump's ideological vision for the Republican Party."

He has called for the ousting of a number of Republican politicians and leaders. Following the 2020 Congressional Elections, he publicly endorsed California Congressman Devin Nunes' bid for Minority Leader, who was seeking to unseat incumbent Leader Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. When Nunes and McMorris-Rodgers withdrew from the race, he through his support behind Jim Jordan's successful bid for the position. He also led calls for the resignation of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

After the January 6th Riots in Washington D.C. and several other major cities, Donald Trump scaled back public and news appearances. During this time, Trump relocated to his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, where he continued to hold a number of "political meetings." During the Summer of 2021, Trump resumed campaign appearances, speaking at the Virginia Republican Party Convention in support of Amanda Chase's bid for Governor.

Trump is currently under investigation in Washington D.C., New York City, and Fulton County, Georgia. Additionally, there are a number of on-going federal investigations. These investigations stem from actions taking durin his business career and his presidential campaign, including his attempt to lobby the legislatures of a number of states into overturning the Presidential election.

Trump has announced his intention to run for President in 2024

Public Profile

Political Positions