Who is he?
Friedrich Drumpf (March 14, 1869 – March 30, 1918) and Elizabeth Christ (October 10, 1880 – June 6, 1966), who were married in 1902 In Kallstadt, Germany.. Friedrich Drumpf emigrated to New York City in 1885 and worked as a barber for six years, becoming a naturalized US citizen in 1892 under the name Frederick Trump after moving to Seattle, Washington in 1891 and running a restaurant in the red light district which a family biographer described as “decadent” . Wikipedia
In July 1897 after hearing of the Klondike Gold Rush, he ran another restaurant for arriving prospectors, then in April 1898 moved to Bennett, British Columbia, running the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel, which offered fancy food and lodging amid a sea of tents. “For single men the Arctic has excellent accommodations as well as the best restaurant in Bennett, but I would not advise respectable women to go there to sleep as they are liable to hear that which would be repugnant to their feelings – and uttered, too, by the depraved of their own sex”‘, he wrote in a letter to the Yukon Sun newspaper.
A risk taker and entrepreneur, he went on to take advantage of the opportunities that this American fronteir had to offer, even opening up a restaurant in Alaska before selling all of his holdings and returning to Germany to marry a neighbor Elizabeth Christ in 1902 then returning again to settle in Woodhaven, Queens, where he worked as a barber. Fred Trump, Jr. was born in 1905.
Frederick Trump, senior, was Donald Trump’s grandfather, Fred Trump Jr., his father. Trump Sr. died of pneumonia in 1918.
Fred Trump Jr. inherited his father’s gift for entrepreneurship. In 1920 at age 15, Trump went into the real estate development and construction business, forming Elizabeth Trump & Son Co. with his mother, who was an active partner, writing the checks. As a teenager he was too young to perform many of the functions of business.
Their success allowed him to send his younger brother John George Trump 1907-1985) to Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, then to Columbia University for his master’s, and toMassachusetts Institute of Technology for his Ph.D. After attempting to work together, building a couple of houses together, John switched to electrical engineering, going on to partner with Robert J. Van de Graaff and build one of the first million-volt X-ray generators.
From his humble beginnings, Fred Trump built more than 27,000 apartments and row houses in the neighborhoods of Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Flatbush, and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and Flushing and Jamaica Estates in Queens.
Well dressed, and extremely frugal, he drove around in a Cadillac, always navy blue, always gleaming, and always replaced every three years, its ”FCT” license plate announcing its owner wherever he went. He was known to “drop in” on his work-sites picking up unused nails to hand back to his carpenters the next day.
From World War II until the 1980’s, Mr. Trump would tell friends and acquaintances that he was of Swedish origin, although both his parents were born in Germany. John Walter, his nephew and the family historian, explained, ”He had a lot of Jewish tenants and it wasn’t a good thing to be German in those days.” New York Times
In 1936, Mr. Trump married Mary McLeod, who had come to this country when she was 19 from Stornoway, Scotland. Fred and Mary Trump had five children, Fred, Jr. did not want to go into family business and became an airline pilot. He died in 1981 Robert is an Executive Vice President for The Trump Organization., Maryanne Trump Barry is a federal appeals court judge, Trump’s oldest sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, served as a federal appeals court judge.(She was nominated for the post by President Bill Clinton in 1999 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Prior to that, she had a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.) Elizabeth Trump Grau, socialite and philanthropist in Palm Beach, Florida. And of course, “The Donald”.
Finally, you have Donald John Trump born June 14, 1946. He is an American real estate developer, television personality, politician, and author. He is the chairman and president o f The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts Trump’s branding efforts, business career, outspoken manner, media appearances, and books have made him a celebrity. He hosted The Apprentice, a U.S. television program on NBC. Donald Trump is currently leading in the political polls for the highest office in the country….. President. Wikipedia
Perhaps, the future President of the United States of America meant something more to William, 9; Sean, 6; and Brendan, 5 at the Iowa State Fair…… As the Trump helicopter took off….. one of the boys asked:
“Mr. Trump,” he said, aiming the camera at his benefactor.
“Yes,” Trump said, pulling on the lapels of his jacket.
“Are you Batman?” the boy asked.
“I am Batman,” Trump said.
That exchange with clarity and confidence might just be why “The Donald”, shines brighter than any of his opponents. Also why detractors have ended up looking very small and very insignificant.
Donald Trump, wearing the hat proclaiming “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”, is the “Batman” that encouraged the Bowman family and their sons to drive from the Western part of Iowa to have their sons take a helicopter ride with Donald Trump, aka “Batman”. In a way that no other candidate has been able to, he has convinced many that he can save America….. the real life “Gotham City”.