The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president might well go down as one of the most stunning upsets in the history of presidential elections. Most polls predicted he would lose, and several leaders in his own Republican Party did not support him. But in the end, Trump beat the odds. He won states that for many years had voted for the Democratic candidate for president. On January 20, 2017, he’ll take the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States.
Trump’s election is historic in other ways, too. He is a wealthy businessman who has never held elected office or served in any appointed position within a government administration. He has not served in the U. S. military, either. All past U.S. presidents have either held elected office, been in the military, or both.
Throughout his campaign, Trump promised to be different from other politicians. His message, “Make America great again,” appealed to voters who believe the government has not paid attention to the issues they care about, especially jobs and the economy.
Donald Trump was born in New York City on June 14, 1946. His father was a real-estate developer. As a teen, Trump attended New York Military Academy. He then spent two years at Fordham University before transferring to Wharton, the business school at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics.
After college, Trump went to work for his father. In 1971, he took over the family business. He would eventually give it a new name: the Trump Organization. He went on to build hotels, casinos, luxury apartment buildings, and vacation resorts. In 2004, Trump became a television star on the reality-TV program The Apprentice.
Trump faced his share of scandals and criticism during his 2016 presidential campaign. He made controversial remarks about many groups. A month before Election Day, a video from 2005 rocked his campaign. In it, he bragged about inappropriate behavior toward women.
Since the election, Trump has promised to be a president for all Americans. “Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential,” he told supporters the night he won the presidency. “Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.”
For running one of the most effective and unusual political campaigns in U.S. history, and for winning against all expectations, Donald Trump is a nominee for TFK’s Person of the Year.
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