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(Fascinating) Facts You Didn’t Know About Donald Trump

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Whether you love him or hate him, Donald Trump’s astoundingly swift and head-scratching rise to the top of American politics as the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee has left people asking questions. Not only questions having to do with “The Donald’s” policy positions (which he seems to be in the dark about himself) or how he’d handle the most powerful and challenging job in the Free World if elected president (he doesn’t seem to be very clear on this either); but also questions having to do with his personal life. Most people are aware that he’s made quite the name for himself in real estate, and that he was the host of the hit show The Apprentice, yet the details of his personal life still remain a mystery for many. Let’s look at some of the more little known facts about Trump.

1. No Partying

It’s true that Donald showcases a somewhat decadent and extravagant lifestyle. It’s also true that he seems to be a fan of hosting large, glamorous parties that woo even the most seasoned partygoers. What few people know, however, is that Trump refrains completely from smoking, drinking, and drugs.

The main reason is that alcoholism and substance abuse run in his family, and in fact his older brother, Fred (“Freddy”) Trump, was an alcoholic and eventually died from his addiction. Donald told the New York Times that watching his brother’s suffering inspired him never to dabble with alcohol or any destructive substances for that matter. This, and the fact that Donald believes drinking (and the hangovers that so often accompany drinking) would ultimately slow him down—making him less productive.

2. That Hair

For many people, Trump’s hair seems to be even more intriguing than the man underneath. It’s ever-changing color, shape, and texture presents a mystery for those who wonder just how on earth The Donald gets it to stay on his head (completely), especially on windy days.

It may come as little surprise that The Donald’s hairline is not real. In fact, if it looks like his hair is a bit, um, exaggerated, it’s because it is. Part of Trump’s morning ritual is to wash his hair, blow dry it forward over his face, and then comb it backwards, to attain that surreal “float-y” look that we’ve all come to know and either love or despise.

In the 1980s, Donald was a big fan of hairspray, which he used to get that big, poufy, glam look. As time went on and age took its toll on his real hairline, however, the spray no longer cut it, and now Trump is doomed to carry out this absurd morning blow-dry ritual for the rest of his days.

3. The Bet

One thing Donald seems to love as much as his hair is wrestling, and in 2007 Trump made a bet with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, that if a wrestler of his choice beat a wrestler of McMahon’s choice, McMahon would have to shave his head, and vice versa.

There’s little doubt that Trump put a lot of thought into picking his representative in the ring, since one shudders at the idea of a bald Trump.

Thankfully for Trump, his wrestler beat McMahon’s, and Donald was there to help shave the wrestling tycoon’s head on television.

4. The Star

In 2007, Trump became the 2,327th person to have a star engraved with his name set on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, due in large-part to his role on The Apprentice. “It really has been a special moment in my life,” Trump said in a TV broadcast of the ceremony, as his son, whom he was holding at the podium, seemed to refuse to relinquish the microphone.

At the time (and still to a certain extent today) Trump was in a bit of a verbal sparring match with TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, and he used this opportunity to turn the knife as he openly mocked O’Donnell for not having received a similar honor.

O’Donnell had noted on several occasions prior that Donald had no right to be the “moral compass” for America’s youth—prompting Trump to fire back with accusations of O’Donnell being a “loser” and a “fat pig”. Keepin’ it classy.

5. The Board Game

Not everything Donald touches turns to gold. In fact many might be surprised to learn that a large number of Trump’s more “unique” business ideas have gone south, and quickly. His board game, titled Trump: The Game, launched in 1989 and was quickly discontinued, due to incredibly poor sales and bad reviews.

The game imitated Monopoly, except it was a little crueler—with one of the primary goals of the game being to fire people. The game’s tagline proclaimed, “Parker Brothers and Donald Trump are challenging consumers to determine whether they have the brains and the brawn to be the next Donald Trump.” Apparently, people did not care to find out.

6. The Vodka

Even though Trump doesn’t drink alcohol himself, he seemed to have no issue selling and marketing it to others when he launched his very own brand of vodka, which he described as “a superb product and beautifully packaged.” As was the case with his failed board game, however, consumers seemed to disagree.

It’s hard to understand how Trump could have endorsed the product, since apparently he never so much as took a sip of his “super premium” vodka. What’s even harder to understand is how Trump believed that its packaging alone would have made it a “major player in the vodka arena.”

The vodka hit shelves in 2006 and was discontinued in 2011 due to amazingly poor sales and a lack of media interest.

7. Boisterous Boy

Trump’s aggressive and competitive nature has seemed to serve him well in adult life, however apparently when he was a young man this was not the case. He lacked focus, would frequently get into trouble, and seemed to be obsessed with chasing girls and not much else.

Trump’s parents sent him off to the New York Military Academy when he was thirteen to learn how to control his boisterous antics and learn some discipline. Apparently the plan worked, since he graduated from the Academy in 1964 and went on to earn a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University on Pennsylvania.

If only his fancy education and credentials could have provided him with a bit more guidance before launching his failed vodka and board game…

8. Reagan

In the world of modern-day Republicanism, few things are as sacred as Ronald Reagan. Republicans look to Reagan as a source of moral, economic, and ideological inspiration. And saying a bad word about the party’s patron saint is seen by many to be simply sacrilegious.

Not so for Trump. Not known to mince words about people in general, many of his fellow Republicans thought Trump went too far when he called into question the perfection of the late president—noting in his 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, that “Only now, nearly seven years later, are people beginning to question whether there’s anything beneath that smile.” Perhaps seven years from now people will be asking the same thing about another prominent Republican…

9. Women

If there’s one thing that Trump loves more than himself and success, it’s women. Multiple interviews and sources have confirmed Donald’s obsession with gorgeous and “flawless” women ever since he was a teenager, and he’s been known to disparage women whose looks don’t constitute a “10” on the hotness scale.

He’s currently married to Slovenian model Melania Knauss, has was previously married to an alternate on the Czech Olympic Ski Team, Ivana Winklmayr, as well as Marla Maples, with whom he cheated on Winklymayr—leading to a tense confrontation between the two women in Aspen, Colorado.

10. Birther

Remember when everyone in the United States seemed to be obsessed with President Obama’s place of birth? Some thought he was born in Kenya, others thought South Africa—despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Well, The Donald was the figurehead of this “birther” movement, and led the charge to discover Obama’s “real” birthplace.

Trump even sent investigators to Obama’s native Hawaii to prove his allegations through research.

Even when Obama released his official birth certificate showing that he was indeed born in Hawaii, Trump refused to admit defeat—calling it Obama’s “so-called birth certificate, or whatever it was,” and saying that “a lot of people love me” for forcing Obama to produce it. Sore loser says what?

11. Golf With the President

Although Trump has been an outspoken opponent of Obama and his policies as president, Trump is not opposed to offering the occasional olive branch. Kind of…

Trump recently reached out to Obama and invited him to a friendly game of golf on any of the Trump golf courses at any time—that is as long as Obama agrees to resign from office before he plays. Obama has yet to accept the offer, and it’s safe to say that he won’t be doing so any time soon.

12. Bankruptcy

Trump’s name has become somewhat synonymous with “success”—due almost entirely to his real estate ventures across the globe. Yet it’s easy to forget, due to all of Trump’s chest-thumping and bragging, that Trump-related companies have actually filed for corporate bankruptcy on four separate occasions.

In 1991, Trump’s beloved Taj Mahal in Atlantic City went bankrupt, as did the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City in 1992, the Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts in 2004, and the Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2009.

The Donald has downplayed these failings by stating in a tweet that he was simply using “the laws to corporate advantage,” and that all great business people have done the same.

13. Germaphobe

For a guy who seems to shake a lot of hands, Trump really dislikes shaking hands. In fact, when he must shake someone’s hands, he apparently has a helper close by who immediately pumps a squirt of hand sanitizer into The Donald’s palms.

In his 1998 book, The Art of the Comeback, Donald wrote, “One of the curses of American society is the simple act of shaking hands,” and that “the more successful and famous one becomes the worse this terrible custom seems to get.”

Well, Trump has indeed become more famous, and his germ phobia has therefore become even more of an issue on the campaign trail, where shaking hands is about as commonplace for a candidate as making stump speeches.

14. Football

Although it’s golf that has brought Trump the most publicity in recent years, he has actually been a lifelong fan of football, and even played on the varsity team in high school. Yet his obsession didn’t end with graduation, and in 1983 he purchased the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. Thinking he could make the league more profitable, he tried (unsuccessfully) to merge the USFL with the NFL.

As is so often the case with failed Trump ventures, Donald has attempted to play down his involvement. “I’ve had a lot of false press on the USFL,” he says, noting that had he not purchased the team, the league would have gone under far sooner.

15. Ego

One thing that both supporters and detractors of The Donald can agree on is that his ego—for better or for worse—is about as big as they come. And this is especially true when it comes to how Trump views himself around women.

Trump was quoted in The Daily News saying, “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

Of course where some see confidence, others see insecurity, and it could be argued that the women who flirted with Donald “consciously” were simply playing him to win, while those who flirted with him “unconsciously” simply were not. Or maybe they were sleeping.

Ah, to be The Donald.