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First, Trump booted Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of his news conference. Then things got interesting. - The Washington Post

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Bodyguards escorted Univison's Jorge Ramos out of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's news conference Aug. 25. After guards let the reporter back in, he went back and forth with Trump about his immigration plan. (MSNBC/Asya Aka, Radio Iowa) This story has been updated. DUBUQUE, Iowa Two minutes into Donald Trump's newsconference here Tuesday night came the question he tried to silence. "Mr. Trump, I have a question," said Jorge Ramos, the top newsanchor at Univision and one of the country's most recognizable Mexican-Americans, as he stoodup in the front row of journalists. "Excuse me," the Republican presidential front-runner told Ramos. "Sit down. You weren't called. Sit down." Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly triedto ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. "I'm a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen," he said. "I have the right to ask a question." Trump interrupted him. "Go back to Univision," hesaid. Then the billionaire businessman motionedto one of his bodyguards, who walked across the room and physically removed Ramos from the room. Jorge Ramos was escorted out of a Donald Trump news conference on Tuesday after the presidental hopeful refused to recognize the Univision anchor's questions on immigration. (Asya Aka, Radio Iowa/Twitter) Trump's dismissalof a major television news anchor lit up social media. Reporters asked Trump why he removed Ramos. At first, he accusedRamos of violating his news conference protocol. "He stood up and started screaming," Trump said of Ramos. "He's obviously a very emotional person," Trump said. But momentslater, Ramos returned to his seat in the front row and Trump called on him. Forfive minutes, they tangled over immigration policy, an issue on which both men have passionately different views. It was one of the more compelling moments of the 2016 campaign. "Good to have you back," Trump told Ramos, signaling to him to begin his questioning. "Here's the problem with your immigration plan," Ramos said. "It's full of empty promises." Ramos pointed out it would be unconstitutional to deny citizenship to what Trump calls "anchor babies," children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. Trump disagreed, saying it could be done as an act of Congress and that some legal scholars argue the 14th Amendment should be changed. "A woman's getting ready to have a baby," Trump said. "She crosses the border for one day, has the baby, all of a sudden for the next 80 years we have to take care of" the child. The next question from Ramos: How do you build a 1,900-mile wall across the U.S. border with Mexico? "It's very easy," Trump said. "I'm a builder. ... What's more complicated is building a building that's 95 stories tall." The questioning continued. At one point, Trump said, "I can't deal with this." A Trump aide interrupted and told Ramos, "Is there one question one question?" YetTrump let the questioning continue, seemingly determined to prove his case. "I have a bigger heart than you do," he told Ramos. "We're going to do [deportations]in a very humane fashion." Trump went on to assert that gang members in Baltimore, St. Louis and other cities are illegal immigrants. "Listen, we have tremendous crime," he told Ramos. "We have some very bad ones. ... Do you mind if I send them back to Mexico?" Ramos replied, "No human being is illegal, Mr. Trump." The response: "Well, when they cross the border, from a legal standpoint, they're illegal immigrants when they don't have their papers." When Ramos pressed Trump on polls showing his unpopularity with Latinos, Trump would notaccept the premise of the question. First, he interrupted Ramos and turned the question on him: "How much am I suing Univision for right now? Do you know the number? I know you're part of the lawsuit." Trump filed suit against the network in June, alleging defamation and breach of contract, after Univision ended its relationship with him and canceled plans to broadcast the Miss Universe pageant he owns following his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants. "I'm a reporter," Ramos said. "Five hundred million dollars," Trump replied. "And they're very concerned about it, by the way. I'm very good at this." Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

The many feuds of Donald Trump, diagrammed - The Washington Post

Joey Maceda - 12:06 PM
In challenging Donald Trump at his press conference in Iowa on Tuesday night, Jorge Ramos became only the latest target of Donald Trump's fury since he's been on the campaign trail. Over the course of the 71 days that Trump has been running, he's picked fights with and picked on his opponents, members of the media, various companies and even NASCAR. Trump has repeatedly claimed to be "the most militaristic person ever." If measured in willingness to start fights, he may actually have a claim to that title. All photos from the Associated Press. 1. Univision and NBC. Trump's campaign began in earnest when Univision cut ties with the businessman after his comments about Mexican immigrants during his campaign launch. Shortly after, NBC cut ties with Trump, too -- although Trump claimed that it was he who cut ties with them. Then there was his tiff with Ramos, who works for Univision. Bodyguards escorted Univison's Jorge Ramos out of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's news conference Aug. 25. After guards let the reporter back in, he went back and forth with Trump about his immigration plan. (MSNBC/Asya Aka, Radio Iowa) 2. Fox News and Megyn Kelly After Megyn Kelly asked pointed questions of Trump during the first Republican debate, Trump lashed out at her on social media. That started something of a war with Fox News, and prompted Carly Fiorina to come to Kelly's defense. (That war was reignited this week.) When Trump made a comment about Kelly bleeding, conservative activist and blogger Erick Erickson disinvited Trump from his conference. Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to defend himself after his controversial comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Here's his explanation of what he meant when he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" during the GOP debate. (Alice Li/The Washington Post) 3. Other companies After Univision and NBC backed away from Trump, so did ESPN, NASCAR and Macy's, who ended business relationships with the candidate. Trump usually responded by making fun of the companies or insisting that he ended the relationship first. 4. Nabisco and Frank Luntz Following the Fox News debate earlier this month, pollster Frank Luntz conducted a focus group in which people reported being put-off by Trump's demeanor. Luntz, Trump tweeted, was a "low class slob." Nabisco also wandered into Trump's cross-hairs after he learned of the company's plans to move some manufacturing to Mexico. It's now part of his stump speech. VIDEO 5. The 2016 candidates who've picked fights Trump has gleefully engaged with his opponents whohave attacked him. Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul have fought with Trump, with varying -- usually low -- levels of success. 6. The 2016 candidates that haven't picked fights Scott Walker was attacked by Trump after one of his donors reportedly called the businessman a "DumbDumb." Trump blasted Walker's record as governor. Marco Rubio offered a fairly mild critique of Trump during the immigration kerfuffle. Now, Trump criticizes Rubio -- in part to ding Bush. I laugh when I see Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush pretending to "love" each other, with each talking of their great friendship. Typical phony pols Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2015 7. The 2016 candidate that tried to pick a fight Chris Christie has tried to pick a fight with trump. It hasn't worked. Donald Trump has never held back when it comes to speaking his mind about the people who have got under his skin. (The Washington Post) Philip Bump writes about politics for The Fix. He is based in New York City.

In taking on Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have tussled with the wrong media star - LA Times

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In his latest showdown, Donald Trump ordered Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference Tuesday, telling him to "go back to Univision."Ramos, who like Trump is known for his confrontational style, didn't back down until he was escorted out of the room by security. Eventually, Ramos was invited back, where he sparred with Trump over the Republican candidate's immigration proposals.Trump has had some high-profile tiffs with media figures recently, battling publicly with Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, and on Tuesday with the network's chairman, Roger Ailes. But prodding Ramos, who has been called the Spanish-language Walter Cronkite, could prove dangerous for Trump, who thus far been something of a Teflon candidate. Here's why:Ramos is a very important figure for American LatinosThe 57-year-old has anchored "Noticiero Univision," Spanish-language TV's No.1-ranked newscast, for nearly three decades and is considered a trusted source of news. A 2010 study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that among Latinos, Ramos was the second-most recognized Latino leader behind Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and other polls have shown he is one of the most trusted public figures among Latinos."Spanish-language news has almost the same pull as the priest in the pulpit," Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), told the Los Angeles Times in 2013. "And Jorge Ramos is the pope, he's the big kahuna."Ramos has a lot of followers: According to Nielsen ratings, more than 2 million viewers tune in to "Noticiero Univision" nightly. For perspective, in 2013, that was three times the audience of CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer."And according to recently published research, the GOP's presidential nominee would need to win nearly half of the Latino vote to make it to the White House. (President Obama won reelection with 71% of the Latino vote).During the last presidential election cycle, Washington Monthly called Ramos the broadcaster who would most determine the outcome of the 2012 election.Despite that, Trump at one point on Tuesday night said he "didn't know much about him."Ramos has a personal connection to immigration issuesA native of Mexico City, Ramos moved to Los Angeles as a student in 1983 and took UCLA Extension classes in journalism. He landed an on-air job at KMEX-TV, Los Angeles' Spanish-language station. Three years later, he was named an anchor for Univision, becoming one of the youngest national news anchors in television.Ramos, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen seven years ago, has consistently used his position to unabashedly push for immigration reform."I am emotionally linked to this issue," Ramos told The Times in 2013. "Because once you are an immigrant, you never forget that you are one."Ramos sees himself as an advocate for millions of Latino immigrants, and so do theyFor many Latinos, Trump telling Ramos to "go back to Univision" reflected shades of racism and echoed the familiar phrase, "Go back to Mexico."There is deep rooted racism in what happened here. "Go back to Univision" actually means = "Go back to Mexico"... Xochitl Palomera (@SugarSkul) August 26, 2015"Go back to @Univision" really means "Go Back To Mexico" let's not act like that's not what he meant. Jr Terrazas (@JLJR) August 26, 2015Earlier this year, Ramos defended his focus on immigration in an open letter to Republicans."The Republican Party has been complaining lately about how some Latino journalists, including me, only ask them about immigration," he wrote. "That is correct, but what Republicans don't understand is that for us, the immigration issue is the most pressing symbolically and emotionally, and the stance a politician takes on this defines whether he is with us or against us."Ramos has been unapologetic about his and the network's stance."Our position is clearly pro-Latino or pro-immigrant," he said in 2013. "We are simply being the voice of those who don't have a voice."Latinos, in turn, see Ramos as a leader. According to the Pew Hispanic Center survey, 38% of Latinos surveyed considered Ramos a major Latino leader.At a University of Texas at Austin forum this year, Univision News President Isaac Lee summed up the network's perspective: "Univision's audience knows that Jorge is representing them," Lee said. "He is not asking the questions to be celebrated as a fair and balanced journalist. He's going to ask the person whatever is necessary to push the agenda for a more fair society, for a more inclusive society and for the Hispanic community to be better."Univision brass also stood up for Ramos on Wednesday evening, calling Trump's behavior "beyond contempt." "Mr. Trump demonstrated complete disregard for him and for the countless Hispanics whom Jorge seeks to represent," Univision Communications Chief Executive Randy Falco said in a statement. Ramos has faced criticism over the news that his daughter is working for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, but he has said her job doesn't affect his work. "Like many reporters who have parents, siblings or other family members that are active in politics, this will not change how I approach my duty as a journalist," Ramos wrote in a blog post.Much like Trump, Ramos seems to welcome conflict and doesn't often back downRamos quit his first reporting job at a Mexico City TV station after his bosses demanded he soften a piece critical of the Mexican government and he refused.Ramos has said he approaches interviews with world leaders in the context of warfare. "My only weapon is the question," he told The Times in 2013.During the 2012 presidential campaign, Ramos moderated a series of Univision candidate forums, and pressed Mitt Romney and President Obama hard on immigration issues. After confronting Romney about his proposed "self-deportation" policy, Ramos turned to Obama."A promise is a promise," he said, prodding the president over the administration's deportation of more than 1.4 million people and failure to tackle immigration in his first term. "And, in all due respect, you didn't keep that promise."Keep reading:'Anchor babies': A message for Jeb BushYoungest twin panda newborn dies at the National ZooTrump could win, says GOP strategist after talking to the candidate's supportersUPDATES6:02 p.m.: This article has been updated with a comment from Univision's Randy Falco.2:29 p.m.: This article has been updated with additional information about Ramos' background and daughter.This article was originally published at 11:33 a.m.For more breaking news, follow me @cmaiducTimes staff writers Kate Linthicum and Meg James contributed to this report. Copyright 2015, Los Angeles Times

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Trump spars with TV reporters Megyn Kelly and Jorge Ramos - BBC News

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Image caption Donald Trump has been hitting back at Fox host Megyn Kelly since she hosted the first Republican debate two weeks ago Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has clashed with two television reporters.He revived his feud with the Fox News channel host Megyn Kelly - who returned to her show on Monday after a break - saying she must have had a bad holiday because "she's really off her game".Fox News chief Roger Ailes has demanded an apology, describing the business mogul's verbal attack as "disturbing".Separately, Mr Trump had a journalist ejected from a news conference.Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos was trying to question Mr Trump about his call to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants from the US and build a wall the length of the Mexican border.But Mr Trump insisted that he had not been invited to submit a question."You haven't been called, go back to Univision," Mr Trump said, before Mr Ramos was ejected from the news conference.As security officers approached the Mexican-American journalist, he said: "I am a reporter. Don't touch me. I have a right to ask the question." In an interview with CNN on Monday, Mr Ramos had accused Mr Trump of disseminating hate by calling for mass deportations of families in the US who do not have the right documentation.Verbal attackMr Trump's clash with Ms Kelly comes two weeks after controversy over his remarks about her following the first Republican debate. Image caption Univision reporter Jorge Ramos was told by Mr Trump that it was not his turn to submit a question In a CNN interview, Mr Trump said the Fox presenter "had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever" to describe the way she questioned him during the debate over comments he had made about women.He was subsequently dropped as a speaker at a major US conservative forum, and his comment was denounced by rival Republican candidates. But it did not stop Mr Trump from continuing his verbal attack of Ms Kelly during her show on Monday, tweeting: "Kelly File was much better without Megyn Kelly. Her replacement while she was out on vacation was much better!"He also retweeted a message that referred to her as a "bimbo".Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who had cleared the air with Mr Trump after the debate, reacted strongly to the "surprise and unprovoked attack" on his news host. In a statement read aloud on the channel, he said it was "as unacceptable as it is disturbing".Kelly "represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," he added, demanding an apology.Some of Ms Kelly's colleagues also came to her defence, including Bret Baier, her co-host for the debate, who tweeted "this needs to stop".But Donald Trump seemed unfazed by the criticism, saying he disagreed with Mr Ailes' statement and that he did not consider Ms Kelly "a quality journalist".Likewise he said that he did not believe he had ever met Mr Ramos except when the reporter "started screaming" at the press conference. The news anchor was later allowed to return to the press conference and submit questions. Donald Trump has a big opinion poll lead over the 16 other Republican candidates, despite a string of controversial remarks since launching his campaign.2016 runners and riders Image caption Clockwise from top left: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton The early Republican frontrunner is Donald Trump Hillary Clinton will have learnt much from her failed campaign of 2008Florida senator Marco Rubio lost some right-wing fans by backing a bipartisan immigration reform package Wisconsin governor Scott Walker appeals to both the Republican establishment and the Tea PartyLibertarian Rand Paul has his supporters - and enemies - among RepublicansVeteran congressman Bernie Sanders is drawing huge crowds at his ralliesMeet all of the 2016 hopefuls

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Donald Trump Sets Record, Hits 40 Percent in New Poll

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Poll: Donald Trump Sets Record, Hits 40 Percent in New Poll Andrew Burton/Getty Images by Alex Swoyer26 Aug 2015Washington, DC0 Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner, hit the 40 percent marker in a recent Gravis Marketing poll. According to a report, this is the first time a candidate has reached above the 30 percent mark. Since the previous survey done by Gravis Marketing on July 31, Trump increased almost 10 points. Dr. Ben Carson increased 7 points and was named the winner in a Post GOP Debate Poll. Trump, Carson, and Fiorina three of the top five GOP presidential candidates, have never held office. The Gravis results were as follows: Donald Trump 40.1% Ben Carson 13% Jeb Bush 10% Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 7 % Carly Fiorina 5.2% John Kasich 4.8% Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 4.7% Mike Huckabee 3.7% Scott Walker 3.5% Rick Perry 1.5% Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 1.5% Chris Christie 1.4% George Pataki 1.1% Rick Santorum 1% Bobby Jindal 0.9% Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 0.6% The poll surveyed 3,567 voters randomly across the United States. It had a margin of error of plus or minus two percent and was conducted August 21-22. Read More Stories About: Big Government, 2016 Presidential Race, Donald Trump, Data, 2016 Republican Candidates, Political Poll, Gravis Marketing, Gravis Marketing Poll

Donald Trump's new Twitter tirade against Megyn Kelly -

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As Fox News host Megyn Kelly returned from vacation, the Republican presidential candidate used Twitter late Monday night to slam her return during the airing of her show, saying that host "must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game."Then he tweeted another one, suggesting Kelly goes back on vacation: "I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!"He even retweeted a tweet calling her a "bimbo" and another that says "she came back looking like Nancy Grace."This is the second time that Trump retweeted a message that refers to Kelly as a "bimbo," an act for which he was sharply criticized the first time. Trump and Fox News president Roger Ailes had reportedly cleared the air after the first wave of the fighting began, but by Tuesday afternoon, the channel executive released a statement, signaling the detente was over. Donald Trump slams Megyn Kelly"Donald Trump's surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," Ailes said in a statement obtained by CNNMoney, adding "Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should."OPINION: Trump loves women but do they love him?Trump's first Twitter rant slamming Kelly came the night of the first presidential debate, after Kelly asked him about misogynistic, sexist comments he made in the past, such as calling some women "fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals," to which, he responded with "only Rosie O'Donnell."This comes after the real estate mogul was under fire for escalating a feud with Kelly when he told CNN's Don Lemon earlier this month that Kelly "had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." Trump drew swift condemnation from conservatives and was uninvited from the RedState Gathering, a conservative event featuring GOP presidential hopefuls earlier this month in Atlanta.RELATED: Donald Trump's 'blood' comment about Megyn Kelly draws outrage

Donald Trump Supporters Vent Frustration In Frank Luntz Focus Group

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A flock of two dozen mad-as-hell supporters of Donald Trump agreed to assemble on Monday night in a political consultants office to explain their passion for the Republican frontrunner. Gathered in a corporate-looking room with the shades drawn, they railed against Washington politicians who hire consultants, and sang their admiration for the one presidential candidate who promises to go his own way. I think America is pissed. Trumps the first person that came out and voiced exactly what everybodys been saying all along, one man said. When he talks, deep down somewhere youre going, Holy crap, someone is thinking the same way I am. Frank Luntz, a fast-talking Republican pollster who frequently appears on television and writes newspaper op-eds, urged them on. When did you first decide you liked Trump? he asked. And why are you mad as hell? When Trump talks, it may not be presented in a pristine, PC way, but weve been having that crap pushed to us for the past 40 years! said another man. Hes saying what needs to be said. This 29-person focus group, conducted by Luntz and observed by a group of national press reporters from behind a pane of one-way glass, had gathered to explain the phenomenon of Trump. Why is a billionaire real estate mogul, TV celebrity and oft-accused demagogue who has never held office leading the Republican field with some 22% support in the polls? After the first Republican debate, Luntz had held a similar focus group of likely Republican voters that found Trump had performed poorly. In trademark fashion, Trump responded by attacking Luntz on Twitter at 3:28 a.m. the following morning. @FrankLuntz is a low class slob who came to my office looking for consulting work and I had zero interest. Now he picks anti-Trump panels! Trump wrote. Luntzs firm paid each of the participants $100 for the two-and-a-half hour session. (They wore tags with their first names that were mostly illegible to reporters behind the glass.) The group was not a representative sample of the Republican party, or early state voters, as all of them had been selected because they like (or love) Trump and live in Washington or its suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. But they offered a glimpse into the Trump mystique, a lucrative brand whose success has caught the national media, the Republican establishment and experienced pollsters like the veteran Luntz off guard. The Donald devotees sang a contrapuntal tune, simultaneously a dirge to national decline and an ode to Trump. They believed Washington politicians and the Republican party had repeatedly misled them, and that the country is going down the tubes. They looked for relief in Trump. I used to sleep on my front porch with the door wide open, and now everyone has deadbolts, one man said. I believe the best days of the country are behind us. Im frustrated beyond belief. I feel like Ive been lied to, a woman said. Nothings getting better. Many sounded like relations of an ill patient, furious that all the previous doctors have botched a test or fumbled the scalpel. To them, Trump actually is the real-deal fixer-upper, and he is going to make America great again. We know his goal is to make America great again, a woman said. Its on his hat. And we see it every time its on TV. Everything that hes doing, theres no doubt why hes doing it: its to make America great again. The focus group watched taped instances on a television of Trumps apparent misogyny, political flip flops and awe-inspiring braggadocio. They watched the Donald say Rosie ODonnell has a fat, ugly face. They saw that Trump once supported a single-payer health system, and they heard him say, I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created. But the groupwhich included 23 white people, 3 African-Americans and three Hispanics and consisted of a plurality of college-educated, financially comfortably Donald devoteeswas undeterred. At the end of the session, the vast majority said they liked Trump more than when they walked in. You guys understand how significant this is? Luntz asked the press breathlessly when he came back into the room behind the glass. This is real. Im having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking. I want to put the Republican leadership behind this mirror and let them see. They need to wake up. They dont realize how the grassroots have abandoned them, Luntz continued. Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasnt listening to their grassroots. The group said Trump has their best interests in mind, while other Republicans are looking out for themselves. Weve got to show the Republicans that weve had it with them, that we will not be there every single time. They treat us like crap and they lie to us and promise us things and then they expect us to vote again, said a Republican woman. Thats why we want Trump. The crowd in the room was angriest about national security. Nearly all of them, it appeared, had an unshakeable feeling that U.S. border was porous as a sieve and that the very things that once defined the nation: army, border and national pridewere fading. They complained of Americas reduced standing in the world, and Obamas apparent ineptitude in challenging Russia, Syria and ISIS. When the group listened to a clip of Trump claiming that as president the military is going to be so strong that nobody is going to mess around with the United States, nearly everyone registered approval on their dial meters of 100a seldom occurrence among focus groups. We love our country and we love what our country stands for, said a woman who added she comes from a military family. I look at where we are now as a country where entitlements are just totally out of control. Our borders have completely dissolved. Were not what we used to be. I want to people to represent my interest. Trumps unapologetic focus on strengthening the borderhe wants to build a wall and deport all 11 million immigrants before letting many back into the countryexcites many conservatives, as well as some who dont traditionally vote Republican. Though he has announced scant specific plans, Trump has said he will expand the military, commit to veterans, and take a tough line on dealing with China and Iran. Hes not afraid, said a woman who voted twice for Obama. He keeps prodding on even if people give him negative press. He doesnt change and apologize. Much of Trumps support in the room seemed to stem from a weakness in the Republican party. The 2014 midterms did not usher in the conservative renaissance Republicans expected. Obamacare has still not been repealed, Congress is looking less likely to override a veto on the Iran deal, and there are still 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. The group of 29 went around the room, each supplying a single adjective for the legislative body that let them down after the 2014 elections. Congress does nothing. Its too old. Useless. Lame. Inept. Wrong party. Cocktail party. Gridlock. Costly. Sold out. Sucks. Douchebags. Then, the group did the same for Trump. This time: Tough. Businessman. Great. Successful. Not afraid. Leader. Has guts. Charismatic. A true American. Kicks ass and takes names. Congress failures were Trumps gains. The worse Congress and everyone else falls, the more the businessman has to gain. These supporters were evidence that Trump is winning by a new political paradigm, where disappointment and enchantment go hand in hand.

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Roger Ailes: Donald Trump should apologize to Megyn Kelly By HADAS GOLD 8/25/15 1:04 PM EDT Donald Trump may have finally crossed the line with Fox News. On Tuesday, Fox News chief Roger Ailes said in a statement Donald Trump should apologize for a tirade of tweets aimed at Fox News host Megyn Kelly. "Donald Trump's surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," Ailes' statement reads. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trumps verbal assaults. Her questioning of Mr. Trump at the debate was tough but fair, and I fully support her as she continues to ask the probing and challenging questions that all presidential candidates may find difficult to answer," Ailes said. "Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should. We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and were certainly not going to start now. All of our journalists will continue to report in the fair and balanced way that has made FOX News Channel the number one news network in the industry. Late Monday night, Trump tweeted several times about Kelly, who had just returned to hosting after a vacation, writing that he "liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation! Trump also tweeted that Kelly was "really off her game" and retweeted a tweet that called Kelly a "bimbo." Fellow Fox News hosts soon came to Kelly's defense. "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade said Tuesday morning that Trump is "totally out of control" and that his attacks on Kelly are "totally unwarranted." Host Bret Baier, who moderated the GOP debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted "It's been 19 days since the debate @realDonaldTrump has made his feelings clear. But THIS needs to stop," adding the hashtag "#letitgo." Sean Hannity, who had one of the first interviews with Trump on Fox after the debate and initial Kelly flare-up, also tweeted his support of Kelly, though he called Trump a "friend." "My friend @realDonaldTrump has captured the imagination of many. Focus on Hillary, Putin, border, jobs, Iran China & leave @megynkelly alone," he wrote. Trump has had a beef with Kelly since the first Republican presidential debate, when Kelly asked Trump about his past remarks about women. Soon after the debate, Trump blasted Kelly, at one point telling CNN's Don Lemon that You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." Trump was even close to boycotting the network, a source told POLITICO. But a few days after the debate, a truce seemed to have been met between Fox and Trump. Donald Trump and I spoke today, Ailes said in a statement released by the network the Monday night following the debate. We discussed our concerns, and I again expressed my confidence in Megyn Kelly. She is a brilliant journalist and I support her 100 percent. I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness & balance. We had a blunt but cordial conversation and the air has been cleared. Trump made up too, in a tweet: Roger Ailes just called. He is a great guy & assures me that Trump will be treated fairly on @FoxNews, he wrote. His word is always good! In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last week, Trump praised Ailes and said he and the network were "fine now." "We were at war because I felt that [Kelly's debate question about women] was unfair, and I let him know it. But it's all fine now. They were tough questions, and I thought inappropriate, but Roger didn't, and I'll go with Roger." The fight between the two camps puts both back in a precarious position. Trump, who is not yet advertising in any traditional sense, relies on the media to keep his name in the headlines and his supporters riled up. For Fox, Trump is a ratings bonanza. His appearance in the first GOP debate is partly credited with bringing in a whopping 24 million viewers for Fox News. UPDATE (1:37 p.m.): In a statement, Trump said he "totally disagrees" with Ailes and that he does not think Kelly is a "quality journalist": "I totally disagree with the FOX statement. I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist. I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as FOX deserves," Trump said. Trump said his high poll numbers are more important. "More importantly, I am very pleased to see the latest polls from Public Policy Polling showing me at a strong number one with 35% in New Hampshire, the Monmouth University poll showing me, again at number one, with 30% in South Carolina and the latest national poll from Gravis where I am again the clear front runner with 40%. It was also just announced that I won the prestigious corn kernel poll at the Iowa State Fair by a landslide," he added. "I will be in Iowa tonight with my speech being live on CNN and other networks. My sole focus in running for the Presidency is to Make America Great Again!" A Trump spokesperson declined to provide further comment when asked whether Trump would stop appearing on Fox News. Follow @politico

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Donald Trump Trump in New Hampshire, August 2015 Born Donald John Trump (1946-06-14) June 14, 1946 (age69) Queens, New York City, U.S. Residence Almamater Fordham University (transferred) University of Pennsylvania (B.S.) Occupation Yearsactive 1968present Salary $250 million[3][4] Networth $4 billion (Forbes 2015)[2] Political party Republican (Before 1999; 200911; 2012present) Reform Party (19992001)[5] Democratic (200109)[6] Independent (201112)[7] Religion Presbyterianism[8] Spouse(s) Ivana Zelnkov (197792) Marla Maples (199399) Melania Knauss-Trump (2005present) Children Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron Parent(s) Website Official website Signature Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American real estate developer, television personality, politician, and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.[1] Trump's branding efforts, business career, outspoken manner, media appearances, and books have made him famous. He hosted The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice,[2] both U.S. television programs on NBC. Trump is a son of Fred Trump, a New York City real estate developer.[9] Donald Trump worked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and officially joined the company in 1968.[10] In 1971 he was given control of the company, renaming it The Trump Organization.[11][12] Trump remains a major figure in the real estate industry in the United States and a media celebrity.[13] On June 16, 2015, Trump formally announced his candidacy for president of the United States in the 2016 election, seeking the nomination of the Republican Party.[14][15] Trump's early campaigning drew intense media coverage and saw him rise to high levels of popular support.[16] Since late July 2015, he has consistently been the front-runner in public opinion polls for the Republican Party nomination.[17][18][19] Early life and education Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in the borough of Queens in New York City. He is the fourth of five children born to Mary Anne (ne MacLeod) and Fred Trump, who had married in 1936. His sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, is a United States federal judge on senior status for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.[20] Trump's mother was a Scottish immigrant, born on the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland.[21] Trump's paternal grandparents were German immigrants;[22] Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf, was a successful Klondike Gold Rush restaurateur who anglicized the family name.[23] In his 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that Friedrich Drumpf was of Swedish origin,[24][25] an assertion previously made by Fred Trump for many years.[26] While living in Jamaica Estates, Trump attended the private Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills, Queens, where Fred Trump, Donald's father, was a member of the Board of Trustees. Some of his siblings also attended Kew-Forest. Trump's father told an interviewer in 1983 he "was a pretty rough fellow when he was small", prompting him to enroll his son in the New York Military Academy (NYMA) for the duration of his high school education.[27] Trump attended Fordham University in the Bronx for two years, before transferring to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, because Wharton then had one of the few real estate studies departments in U.S. academia.[28] He graduated in 1968, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.[29] Trump came of age for the draft during the Vietnam War. In an interview in 2011 on New York station WNYW,[30] he stated, "I actually got lucky because I had a very high draft number."[31] Selective Service records retrieved by The Smoking Gun website from the National Archives show that, although Trump did eventually receive a high selective service lottery number, he was not drafted earlier because of his student deferments (2-S) while attending college, and after receiving a medical deferment (1-Y, later converted to 4-F) prior to the lottery being initiated.[32] Business career Trump began his career at his father's real estate company,[33] Elizabeth Trump and Son,[34] which focused on middle-class rental housing in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. One of Trump's first projects, while he was still in college, was the revitalization of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio, which his father had purchased for $5.7million in 1962. The Trumps became involved in the project and with a $500,000 investment, turned the 1,200-unit complex's occupancy rate from 34% to 100%. In 1972, the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6.75million. Donald's involvement with the project was to perform some landscaping and menial labor.[35] In 1971, Trump moved to Manhattan and became involved in larger building projects and used attractive architectural design to win public recognition.[9] Trump initially came to public attention in 1973, when he was accused by the Justice Department of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the operation of 39 buildings. Trump in turn accused the Justice Department of targeting his company because it was a large one, and to force it to rent to welfare recipients. Trump settled the charges in 1975, saying he was satisfied that the agreement did not compel the Trump organization to accept persons on welfare as tenants unless as qualified as any other tenant.[36] Trump made plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60million with no money down.[37] Later, with the help of a 40-year tax abatement from the New York City government, he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt[38] and created The Trump Organization.[39] New York City had a plan to build the Javits Convention Center on property for which Trump held a right-to-buy option. Trump estimated his company could have completed the project for $110million[40] but the city rejected his offer and Trump received a broker's fee on the sale of the property instead. Repairs on The Wollman Rink in Central Park (built in 1955) were started in 1980 with an expected 2-year construction schedule but were nowhere near completion by 1986. Trump took over the management of the project, at no cost to the city, and completed it in three months for $1.95million, which was $750,000 less than the initial budget.[41] In 1988, Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin and Resorts International.[42] This expansion, both personal and business, led to mounting debt.[43] By 1989, poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments. Trump financed the construction of his third casino, the $1billion Taj Mahal, primarily with high-interest junk bonds. Although he shored up his businesses with additional loans and postponed interest payments, by 1991, increasing debt brought Trump to business bankruptcy[43] and to the brink of personal bankruptcy. Banks and bond holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars, but opted to restructure his debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court. The Taj Mahal emerged from bankruptcy on October 5, 1991, with Trump ceding 50percent ownership in the casino to the original bondholders in exchange for lowered interest rates on the debt and more time to pay it off.[44] The late 1990s saw a resurgence in Trump's financial situation. The will of Trump's father, who died in 1999, divided an estate estimated at $250$300 million dollars[26] equally among his four surviving children (although the will was disputed by heirs of Trump's late brother).[45] In 2001, Donald Trump completed Trump World Tower, a 72-story residential tower across from the United Nations Headquarters.[46] Also, he began construction on Trump Place, a multi-building development along the Hudson River. Trump owns commercial space in Trump International Hotel and Tower, a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle. Trump owns several million square feet of prime Manhattan real estate.[47] Trump has developed many real estate projects, such as Trump International Hotel and Tower Honolulu, Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto, and Trump Tower Tampa. In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, one of Trump's construction projects was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tower Fort Lauderdale). Meanwhile, Trump Towers Atlanta One was developed in a housing market having the nation's second-highest inventory of unsold homes.[48] In 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth at $4 billion.[2] In June 2015, Business Insider published a June 30, 2014, financial statement supplied by Trump. The statement reflects his net worth as $8.7 billion. Of that amount, $3.3 billion is represented by "Real Estate Licensing Deals, Brand and Branded Developments", described by Business Insider as "basically [implying] that Trump values his character at $3.3 billion."[49] In July 2015, the Federal election regulators released new details of his wealth and financial holdings when he became a Republican presidential candidate. Business ventures and investments Trump branding and licensing Beyond his traditional ventures in the real estate, hospitality, and entertainment industries, Trump has established the Trump name and brand in other industries and products. Trump has succeeded in marketing the Trump name on a large number of products, including Trump Financial (a mortgage firm), Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales), Trump Restaurants (located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet, Trump Catering, Trump Ice Cream Parlor, and Trump Bar), GoTrump (an online travel website),[50] Donald J. Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear, men's accessories, and watches), Donald Trump The Fragrance (2004), Trump magazine, Trump Golf, Trump Chocolate, Trump home (home furnishings), Trump Productions (a television production company), Trump Institute, Trump The Game (1989 board game), Donald Trump's Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game), Trump Books, Trump Model Management, Trump Shuttle, Trump Ice, Trump Mortgage, Trump Vodka, and Trump Steaks. In addition, Trump reportedly receives $1.5 million for each one-hour presentation he does for The Learning Annex.[51] In 2011, Forbes' financial experts estimated the value of the Trump brand at $200million. Trump disputes this valuation, saying that his brand is worth about $3billion.[52] Many developers pay Trump to market their properties and to be the public face for their projects.[53] For that reason, Trump does not own many of the buildings that display his name.[53] According to Forbes, this portion of Trump's empire, actually run by his children, is by far his most valuable, having a $562million valuation. According to Forbes, there are 33 licensing projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (the seven Trump International Hotel and Tower developments). Net worth In April 2011, amidst speculation whether Trump would run as a candidate in the U.S. presidential election of 2012, Politico quoted unnamed sources close to him stating that, if Trump should decide to run for president, he would file "financial disclosure statements that [would] show his net worth [was] in excess of $7 billion with more than $250 million of cash, and very little debt".[54] (Presidential candidates are required to disclose their finances after announcing their intentions to run.) Although Trump did not run as a candidate in the 2012 elections, his professionally prepared 2012 financial disclosure was published in his book stating a $7 billion net worth.[55] Estimates of Trump's net worth have fluctuated along with real estate valuations: in 2015, Forbes pegged it as $4 billion,[2] while the Bloomberg Billionaires Index (which scrutinized Trump's FEC filings) estimated a net worth of $2.9 billion.[56] On June 16, 2015, just prior to announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, Trump released to the media a one-page prepared financial disclosure statement "from a big accounting firmone of the most respected"[57] stating a net worth of $8,737,540,000.[58] "I'm really rich", Trump said.[57] Forbes called the nearly $9 billion figure a "100%" exaggeration.[59] In July 2015, the Federal election regulators released new details of Trump's wealth and financial holdings when he became a Republican presidential candidate, reporting that his assets are worth above $1.4 billion, which includes at least $70 million in stocks, and a debt of at least $265 million.[3][4] Trump claimed in a July 2015 press release, one month after announcing his presidential run, that his "net worth is in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS".[4][60] However, Trump has said in the past that "my net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelingseven my own feelings".[61] Forbes has said that although Trump "shares a lot of information with us that helps us get to the figures we publish", he "consistently pushes for a higher net worthespecially when it comes to the value of his personal brand."[59] Forbes reduced its estimate of Trump's net worth by $125 million following Trump's controversial 2015 remarks about Mexican immigrants, which ended Trump's business contracts with NBCUniversal, Univision, Macy's, Serta, PVH Corporation, and Perfumania.[62] Trump Tower Trump Tower is a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper at 725 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of East 56th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was developed by Trump and the Equitable Life Assurance Company and designed by architect Der Scutt of Swanke Hayden Connell.[63] It is today solely owned by Trump. Trump Tower occupies the former site of the architecturally-significant Bonwit Teller flagship store, demolished in 1980.[64][65] Trump courted controversy for destroying valuable Art Deco bas-relief sculptures on its facade, promised to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[64][65] and for a contractor's use of some 200 undocumented Polish immigrant workers in the rushed demolition process, who were paid (if at all) just $4 and $5 per hour for work in 12-hour-shifts.[66][67] Trump testified in 1990 he rarely visited the site and was unaware of the illegal workers, some of whom lived at the site and who were known as the "Polish Brigade". A long-running labor lawsuit was settled in 1999, with its record sealed.[66][67] Stock market investments In 2011, Trump made a rare foray into the stock market after being disappointed with the depressed American real estate market and facing poor returns on bank deposits. He stated that he wasn't a stock market person, but he also stated that prime real estate at good prices is hard to get. Among the stocks Trump purchased, he stated he bought stock in Bank of America, Citigroup, Caterpillar Inc., Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble,[68] and Facebook.[69] On selling stock picks in 2014, Trump earned a $27 million profit, with 40 of the 45 stocks he purchased generating a profit in 2014.[70] Sports In 1983, Trump purchased the New Jersey Generals for the inaugural season of the United States Football League (USFL). The Generals hired former New York Jets head coach Walt Michaels. Prior to the inaugural season, Trump sold the franchise to Oklahoma oil magnate J. Walter Duncan. Prior to the 1984 season, Duncan sold the team back to Trump.[71] The USFL planned to play its 1986 schedule in the fall, directly opposite the NFL, thanks mostly to Trump's strong advocacy of direct competition with the older, established league. Two years earlier, Trump sold most of his fellow owners on a move to the fall by arguing that it would eventually force a merger with the NFLin which the owners of any USFL teams included in a merger would see their investment more than double. The Generals merged with the Houston Gamblers during the extended offseason, adding such stars as quarterback Jim Kelly and wide receiver Ricky Sanders. Michaels was fired, replaced with former Gamblers coach Jack Pardee, who planned to bring the Gamblers' high-powered run and shoot offense with him. However, the USFL's "Dream Team" never took the field. The 1986 season was cancelled after the USFL won a minimal verdict in an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL; the league folded soon afterward. Trump at one time acted as a financial advisor for Mike Tyson,[72] hosting Tyson's fight against Michael Spinks in Atlantic City.[73] Golf The Trump Organization operates many golf courses and resorts in the United States and around the world.[74] On February 11, 2014, it was announced that Trump had purchased Doonbeg Golf Club in the Republic of Ireland. It was confirmed that Doonbeg Golf Club would be renamed Trump International Golf Links, Ireland.[75] In 2006, Trump bought the Menie estate in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland creating a highly contentious golf resort.[76][77] In April 2014, Trump purchased the Turnberry hotel and golf resort in Ayrshire, Scotland, which is a regular fixture in the Open Championship rota.[78][79] In June 2015, Trump's appeal objecting to an offshore windfarm (Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm) within sight of the golf links was denied.[80] Beauty pageants Trump has owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants since 1996. Among the most recognized beauty pageants in the world, the pageant was founded in 1952 by the California clothing company Pacific Mills. In 2015, NBC and Univision both ended their business relationships with the Miss Universe Organization after Trump's presidential campaign kickoff speech on June 16, in which he stated: The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems. [Applause] Thank you. It's true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.[81] Trump subsequently filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision alleging a breach of contract and defamation. Cable network Reelz then acquired the rights to exclusively telecast the Miss USA pageant.[82][83] Entertainment media In the media, Trump is a two-time Emmy Awardnominated personality and has made appearances as a caricatured version of himself in television series and films (e.g. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Days of Our Lives, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps[84]), and as a character (The Little Rascals). He has been the subject of comedians, Flash cartoon artists, and online caricature artists. Trump also had his own daily talk radio program called Trumped!.[85][86][87][88][89] In March 2011, Trump was the subject of a Comedy Central Roast. The special was hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and roasters included Larry King, Snoop Dogg, and Anthony Jeselnik among regular roast participants. Trump's daughter Ivanka was seen in the audience.[90] In April 2011, Trump attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner, featuring comedian Seth Meyers. President Obama used the occasion to present several prepared jokes mocking Trump.[91] On August 5th, 2015, a documentary about Trump in the 1980s and 90s appeared online, called, What's the Deal?. The Apprentice In 2003, Trump became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show The Apprentice, in which a group of competitors battled for a high-level management job in one of Trump's commercial enterprises. Contestants were successively "fired" and eliminated from the game. In 2004, Donald Trump filed a trademark application for the catchphrase "You're fired."[2][3][4] For the first year of the show, Trump was paid $50,000 per episode (roughly $700,000 for the first season), but following the show's initial success, he is currently[when?] paid a reported $3million per episode, making him one of the highest paid TV personalities.[citation needed] In July 2015, Trump reported in his personal financial disclosure statement with the Federal Election Commission that NBCUniversal had paid him $213,606,575 for his 14 seasons of hosting the show.[92] In 2007, Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television (The Apprentice).[93] Along with British TV producer Mark Burnett, Trump also put together The Celebrity Apprentice, in which well-known stars compete to win money for their charities. While Trump and Burnett co-produced the show, Trump stayed in the forefront, deciding winners and "firing" losers. On February 16, 2015, NBC announced that they would be renewing The Apprentice for a 15th season.[94] Eleven days later, Trump stated that he was "not ready" to sign on for another season because of the possibility of a presidential run.[95] Despite this, on March 18, NBC announced they were going ahead with production.[96] On June 29, after widespread negative reaction stemming from Trump's campaign announcement speech, NBC released a statement saying, "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump", apparently ending Trump's role in The Apprentice.[97] World Wrestling Entertainment Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows.[98] Trump's Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City was host to the 1991 WBF Championship (which was owned by WWE, known at the time as the "World Wrestling Federation"). Trump was interviewed by Jesse Ventura ringside at WrestleMania XX.[99] He also appeared at WrestleMania 23 in a match called "The Battle of the Billionaires".[98] Trump was in the corner of Bobby Lashley, while Vince McMahon was in the corner of Lashley's opponent Umaga with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee.[98] The stipulation of the match was hair versus hair, which means that either Trump or McMahon would have their head shaved if their competitor lost.[98] Lashley won the match, and he and Trump shaved McMahon bald.[98] On June 15, 2009, as part of a storyline, McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw that he had "sold" the show to Trump.[98] Appearing on screen, Trump declared he would be at the following commercial-free episode in person and would give a full refund to the people who purchased tickets to the arena for that night's show.[98] McMahon "bought back" Raw the following week for twice the price.[98] His entrance theme "Money, Money" was written by Jim Johnston. Trump was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013, at Madison Square Garden for his contributions to the promotion. He made his fifth WrestleMania appearance the next night.[100] Politics A 2011 report by the Center for Responsive Politics showed that over two decades of U.S. elections, Donald Trump made contributions to campaigns of both Republican Party and Democratic Party candidates.[101] In February 2012, Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president of the United States.[102] Trump was also an early supporter of Ronald Reagan for U.S. president.[103] In April 2011, Trump questioned President Barack Obama's proof of citizenship.[104] He also questioned whether Obama had good enough grades to warrant entry to Harvard Law School.[105] On April 25, 2011, Trump called for Obama to end the citizenship issue by releasing the long-form of his birth certificate.[106][107] Two days later, Obama made a formal statement in efforts by the White House to put the matter to rest with the release of the long-form of Obama's birth certificate.[108] "We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers", Obama said.[109] Trump expressed pride at his role in the release of the long-form certificate in a press conference follow-up, while wondering "Is it real?"[109] When asked in July 2015 whether Obama was born in the United States, he said: "I really don't know. I mean, I don't know why he wouldn't release his records."[110][111] Donald Trump has spoken before Tea Party supporters.[112][113][114] In December 2008, Trump emerged as an early supporter of the 2009 government-backed rescue plan, for the U.S. auto industry which by 2012, was supported by 56% of Americans (63% support in Michigan), according a Pew Research Center poll.[115][116] Statements of Trump's hinting that vaccination would cause autism were subject to criticism in various media by the scientific community.[117][118] He has also been criticized for climate change-denying statements, because they are discordant with the opinion of the scientific community.[119] Trump floated the idea of running for president in 1988, 2004, and 2012, and for governor of New York in 2006 and 2014, but did not enter those races.[120][121] He ran for the presidential nomination of the Reform Party in 2000, winning the party's California primary.[122][123][124][125] As Trump publicly speculated about seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released in March 2011 found Trump leading among potential contenders, one point ahead of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.[126] A Newsweek poll conducted in February 2011, showed Trump within a few points of Barack Obama, with many voters undecided in the November 2012 general election for president of the United States.[127] A poll released in April 2011 by Public Policy Polling showed Trump having a nine-point lead in a potential contest for the Republican nomination for president of the United States while he was still actively considering a run.[128][129] His moves were interpreted by some media as possible promotional tools for his reality show The Apprentice.[130][131][132] On May 16, 2011, Trump announced he would not run for president.[130] Public Policy Polling described the events of May 2011 as "one of the quickest rises and falls in the history of presidential politics".[133] In December 2011, Donald Trump was named among the top six of the ten most admired men and women living, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.[134] In January 2013, Trump (who is a notably popular figure in Israel,[135] where his name is attached to products sometimes without his permission)[136] released a video endorsing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the 2013 Israeli elections, stating that "A strong prime minister is a strong Israel."[137][138] In 2015, Trump was awarded the 'Liberty Award' at the 'Algemeiner Jewish 100 Gala' in honor of his positive contributions to IsraelUnited States relations.[139] Trump stated: "I have so many friends in Israel."[140] In 2013, Trump was a featured speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).[141] The speech was not well-attended.[142] He spent over $1 million to research a possible run for president of the United States.[143] In October 2013, New York Republicans had circulated a memo suggesting Trump should run for governor of the state in 2014, against Andrew Cuomo. Trump said that while New York had problems and taxes were too high, running for governor was not of great interest to him.[144] In February 2015, Trump opted not to renew his television contract for The Apprentice, generating speculation that he might run for president of the United States in 2016.[145] Donald Trump campaigning at the Laconia Rally, Laconia, New Hampshire on July 16, 2015 Presidential campaign, 2016 Trump formally announced his candidacy for president of the United States in the 2016 elections on June 16, 2015, from his headquarters in Trump Tower in New York City.[14][15] Trump launched his campaign declaring the official slogan, "We are going to make our country great again" with a commitment to become the "greatest jobs president that God ever created".[15][146] Immediately after his announcement in New York, Trump traveled to Iowa to campaign in the state ahead of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.[147] Trump has also campaigned extensively in New Hampshire, site of the first Republican primary.[148][149] Trump kicked off a western swing in early July 2015, giving rallies and speeches in Las Vegas[150] and Los Angeles.[151] 2016 Republican presidential campaign front-runner A survey conducted by The Economist/YouGov released July 9, 2015, became significant as the first major nationwide poll to show Trump as the 2016 Republican presidential front-runner.[152] A Suffolk/USA Today poll released on July 14, 2015, showed 17% support for Trump among Republican voters, with runner-up Jeb Bush picking up 14%,[153] and a Washington Post/ABC News poll taken on July 1619 showed Trump had 24% Republican support, over Scott Walker at 13%.[154] A CNN/ORC poll showed Trump in the lead at 18% support among Republican voters, over Jeb Bush at 15%.[155][156] In a CBS News poll from August 4, Trump was again first with 24% support, Bush was second at 13%, and Walker was third at 10%.[157] A CNN/ORC poll taken August 13-16, 2015, in the "swing" states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania showed Trump ahead of, or narrowly trailing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in a direct match-up.[158] In Florida, Trump led Clinton by two points; in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, Trump was within five points of Clinton.[18] Personal life Trump is popularly known as The Donald, a nickname perpetuated by the media after his first wife Ivana Trump referred to him as such in an interview.[159] Trump's mother, Mary Anne, was born in 1912 at Tong, Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, off the coast of Scotland. In 1930, aged 18, on a holiday in New York, she met Fred Trump and stayed in New York. Born in Queens, New York,[160] Trump has four siblings: two brothers, Fred, Jr. (who is deceased) and Robert S. Trump; and two sisters, Maryanne and Elizabeth. His older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, is a federal appeals court judge. In 1977, Trump married model Ivana Zelnkov, a native of the Czech Republic, and together they have three children: Donald, Jr. (born December 31, 1977), Ivanka (born October 30, 1981), and Eric (born January 6, 1984). Ivana Trump became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1988, with Trump at her side;[161] however, by early 1990 Trump's troubled marriage and long-running affair with actress Marla Maples had become tabloid fodder,[25][162] and the couple divorced in 1991.[163] After dating model Carla Bruni, who reportedly discouraged Trump's relationship with Maples,[164] Trump married Maples on December 21, 1993, two months after the birth of their child, Tiffany (born October 13, 1993).[165] They divorced on June 8, 1999. In a February 2009 interview on ABC's news program Nightline, Trump commented on his ex-wives by saying, "I just know it's very hard for them [Ivana and Marla] to compete because I do love what I do. I really love it."[166] Trump also dated model Kara Young in the mid- to late-1990s.[167] On April 26, 2004, Trump proposed to model Melania Knauss, a native of Slovenia. The couple had met and begun a relationship in September 1998.[168][169] Trump, who was 58, and Knauss, then 34,[170] married on January 22, 2005, at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, on the island of Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception at Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate.[171] Melania gave birth to a boy named Barron William Trump, Trump's fifth child, in 2006[172][173] and became a naturalized U.S. citizen that same year.[169] (Trump has historically used the pseudonym "John Baron" in some business interactions.[66] "Lots of people use pen names", Trump once told a reporter. "Ernest Hemingway used one."[67]) Trump has seven grandchildren: five from his son Donald Jr. (Kai Madison,[174] Donald John III,[175] Tristan Milos,[176] Spencer Frederick, and Chloe Sophia) and two from his daughter Ivanka (Arabella Rose and Joseph Frederick[177][178]). Trump is a Presbyterian.[8] In an April 2011 interview, on the 700 Club, Trump said, "I'm a Protestant, I'm a Presbyterian. And you know I've had a good relationship with the church over the years. I think religion is a wonderful thing. I think my religion is a wonderful religion."[179][180] In 1983, Reverend Norman Vincent Peale, described in a New York Times profile as Trump's "pastor" and "family minister", said that Trump was "kindly and courteous in certain business negotiations and has a profound streak of honest humility."[27] Calling his own 1987 The Art of the Deal "my second favorite book of all time", Trump has told campaign audiences: "Do you know what my first is? The Bible! Nothing beats the Bible."[181][182] Of his daughter Ivanka's conversion to Judaism he said: "Not only do I have Jewish grandchildren, I have a Jewish daughter and I am very honored by that."[183] Legal affairs Four of Trump's businesses have declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[184] According to a 2011 report by Forbes, these were due to over-leveraged hotel and casino businesses in Atlantic City: Trumps Taj Mahal (1991), Trump Plaza Hotel (1992), Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts (2004), and Trump Entertainment Resorts (2009).[185][186] Trump said "I've used the laws of this country to pare debt. We'll have the company. We'll throw it into a chapter. We'll negotiate with the banks. We'll make a fantastic deal. You know, it's like on 'The Apprentice'. It's not personal. It's just business."[187] He indicated that other "great entrepreneurs" do the same.[185] Trumps first corporate bankruptcy was in 1991 when Trump Taj Mahal was unable to pay its obligations.[187] Forbes indicated that his first bankruptcy was the only one where his personal wealth was involved. Time, however, maintains that $72 million of his personal money was involved also in the later 2004 bankruptcy.[188] On November 2, 1992, the Trump Plaza Hotel filed a prepackaged Chapter 11 protection plan. Under the plan, Trump agreed to give up a 49percent stake in the luxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders.[189] In return Trump would receive more favorable terms on the remaining $550+ million owed to the lenders, and retain his position as chief executive, though he would not be paid and would not have a role in day-to-day operations.[190] In the subsequent restructuring of these two events, Trump had eliminated a large portion of his $900million personal debt by 1994[191] and reduced significantly his nearly $3.5billion in business debt. While he relinquished the Trump Princess yacht and the Trump Shuttle (which he had bought in 1989), he managed to retain Trump Tower in New York City and control of his three casinos in Atlantic City. Trump sold his ownership of West Side Yards to Asian developers as a result of his negotiations with Chase Manhattan Bank. Trump was reportedly paid a premium for placing his well-known moniker on the buildings that eventually arose. In 1995, he combined his casino holdings into the publicly held Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. The real estate assets became a source of wealth even when profits had struggled.[192] The third corporate bankruptcy was on October 21, 2004, when Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts announced a restructuring of its debt.[193] The plan called for Trump's individual ownership to be reduced from 56percent to 27percent, with bondholders receiving stock in exchange for surrendering part of the debt. Trump Hotels was forced to seek voluntary bankruptcy protection to stay afloat. After the company applied for Chapter 11 Protection in November 2004, Trump opted to relinquish his CEO position but retained a role as Chairman of the board. In May 2005[194] the company emerged from bankruptcy as Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings.[195] The most recent corporate bankruptcy occurred in 2009. On February 13, Trump announced that he would resign from the board of Trump Entertainment Resorts and four days later the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[196] At that time, Trump Entertainment Resorts had three properties in Atlantic City: Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, and Trump Marina (sold in 2011). In early August 2014, Donald Trump filed a lawsuit requesting his name be removed from the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and the Taj Mahal facilities since he no longer runs or controls the company.[197] Trump Entertainment Resorts filed again for bankruptcy in 2014.[198] In 1973, the Justice Department unsuccessfully sued Trump Management Corporation for alleged racial discrimination, at which time Trump was the company's president.[199] The federal government filed the lawsuit against his New York City real estate company for allegedly discriminating against potential black renters, which Trump never admitted. The case was settled out of court in 1975.[200] In March 1990, after an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott said that Trump's Taj Mahal project would initially "break records" but would fail before the end of that year, Trump threatened to sue the firm unless the analyst recanted or was fired. The analyst refused to retract the statements, and was fired by his firm.[201] Taj Mahal declared bankruptcy for the first time in November 1990.[202] A defamation lawsuit by the analyst against Trump for $2million was settled out of court.[203] The analyst's statements regarding the Taj Mahal's prospects were later called "stunningly accurate".[204] In January 2002, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a financial-reporting case against Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc., alleging that it had committed several "misleading statements in the company's third-quarter 1999 earnings release". The matter was settled with the defendant neither admitting nor denying the charge.[205] During the 2008 financial crisis, Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago was unable to sell sufficient units. Lender Deutsche Bank refused to let Trump lower the prices on the units to spur sales. Arguing that the financial crisis and resulting drop in the real estate market is due to circumstances beyond his control, Trump invoked a clause in the contract to not pay the loan.[206] Trump then initiated a suit asserting that his image had been damaged. Both parties agreed to drop their suits, and sales of the units continued.[207] In September 2011, an appellate court upheld a New Jersey judge's decision dismissing Trump's $5 billion defamation lawsuit against author Timothy L. O'Brien, who had reported in his 2006 book, TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, that Trump's true net worth was in fact between $150 and $250 million, not the "billions" Trump had told the author and publicly stated in 2005.[208] Trump complained that the author's alleged underestimation of his net worth was motivated by malice and had cost him business deals and reputational damage.[209] The appellate court, however, noted the consistency of O'Brien's three confidential sources.[210] Trump sued comedian Bill Maher for $5 million in 2013, based on comments Maher made on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, in which Maher offered $5 million payable to a charity if Trump produced his birth certificate to prove his mother had not mated with an orangutan. (Trump, in addition to having previously challenged Obama to produce his birth certificate, had offered $5 million payable to a charity of Obama's choice, if Obama produced his college applications, transcripts, and passport records.[211][212]) Trump produced his birth certificate, filing a lawsuit after Maher was not forthcoming, claiming Maher's $5 million offer was legally-binding. "I don't think he was joking", Trump said. "He said it with venom."[211] Maher replied that Trump needed to learn the difference between "what a joke is and what a contract is" and that the U.S. legal system is "not a toy for rich idiots to play with", and said that it was obvious humans and orangutans can't reproduce.[213] Trump withdrew his lawsuit against the comedian after eight weeks.[214] On August 24, 2013, a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose claims were dismissed by the Manhattan Superior Court, had accused Trump of defrauding more than 5,000 people of $40 million for the opportunity to learn Trump's real estate investment techniques in a for-profit training program, Trump University.[215][216][217] On January 30, 2014, the New York court dismissed all of the Attorney General's fraud claims against Trump, allowing only the licensing aspect of the case to proceed.[218] In October 2014, the New York court found Trump only liable for not obtaining a license to operate the for-profit investment school, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, formerly known as Trump University.[219] In a separate class action civil suit in mid-February 2014, a San Diego federal judge allowed claimants in California, Florida, and New York to proceed.[220] In August 2014, former 2012 Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin, ultimately settled a $5 million arbitration judgment against her, having been sued by Trump after alleging that Miss USA 2012 pageant results were rigged. Monnin wrote on her Facebook page that another contestant told her during a rehearsal, that she had seen a list of the top five finalists, and when those names were called in their precise order, Monnin realized the pageant election process was suspect, compelling Monnin to resign her Miss Pennsylvania title. Trump's lawyer said that Monnin's allegations had cost the pageant a lucrative British Petroleum sponsorship deal and threatened to discourage women from entering Miss USA contests in the future.[221] According to Monnin, testimony from the Miss Universe Organization and Ernst & Young revealed that the top 15 finalists were selected by pageant directors regardless of preliminary judges' scores.[222] As part of the settlement, Monnin was not required to retract her original statements.[221] "Standing on truth has cost me much", Monnin said.[223] In late October 2014, model Alexia Palmer filed a civil suit against Trump Model Management for promising a $75,000 annual salary but paying only $3,380.75 for three years' work. Palmer claims to be owed more than $200,000. Palmer contended that Trump Model Management charged, in addition to a management fee, "obscure expenses" from postage to limousine rides that consumed the remainder of her compensation. Trump attorney Alan Garten claims the lawsuit is "bogus and completely frivolous".[224][225] In 2015, Trump initiated a $100 million lawsuit against Palm Beach County claiming that officials, in a "deliberate and malicious" act, pressured the FAA to direct air traffic to the Palm Beach International Airport over his Mar-A-Lago estate.[226] The air traffic is allegedly damaging the construction of the building and disrupting its ambience. Trump had previously sued twice over airport noise.[226] In July 2015, Trump initiated a $10 million lawsuit against chef Jos Andrs claiming that he backed out of a deal to open the flagship restaurant at Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.[227] Andrs replied that Trump's lawsuit was "both unsurprising and without merit".[228] After denouncing chef Geoffrey Zakarian who, like Andrs, withdrew from the Trump International Hotel project in the wake of Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants (and who was expected to lose his $500,000 restaurant lease deposit as a result),[228] Trump sued Zakarian in August 2015 for a sum "in excess of $10 million" for lost rent and other damages.[229] Trump's complaint called Zakarian's offense at his remarks "curious in light of the fact that Mr. Trump's publicly shared views on immigration have remained consistent for many years, and Mr. Trump's willingness to frankly share his opinions is widely known."[229] Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston as well as investigative journalist Wayne Barrett, who wrote an unauthorized 1992 Trump biography, have alleged that Trump and his companies did business with New York and Philadelphia families linked to the Italian-American Mafia.[230][231] Trump purchased the future site of Atlantic City's Trump Plaza for twice its market value from noted Philadelphia crime family member Salvatore Testa, and according to the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation's 1986 report on organized crime, constructed the casino using two firms controlled by Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, Sr.[231] Although Trump was a federal target in a 1979 bribery investigation, and later questioned in a 1981 racketeering probe, neither investigation resulted in criminal charges.[231] Trump omitted mention of the federal bribery investigation from his New Jersey casino license application and persuaded state officials to limit his background investigation.[230] In addition, Trump Tower and other New York City properties were constructed with concrete from a firm owned by Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, and "Big Paul" Castellano, head of the Gambino crime family.[230] Awards and honors Donald Trump receiving the Commandant of the Marine Corps Award at the Semper Fidelis Gala, April 22, 2015 Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Gaming Hall of Fame (class of 1995)[232] NY Ride of Fame (class of 2010)[233] Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (Hon. D.B.A.), 2010, Robert Gordon University[234] Honorary Doctor of Business (Hon. D.B.), 2012, Liberty University[235] WWE Hall of Fame (class of 2013) Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Statesman of the Year, The Republican Party of Sarasota, 2012, 2015[236][237] Key to the City of Doral, Florida, 2015[238][239] Commandant of the Marine Corps Leadership Award, 2015, Marine CorpsLaw Enforcement Foundation[240] Bibliography Donald Trump's works include: Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987) Trump: Surviving at the Top (1990) Trump: The Art of Survival (1991) Trump: The Art of the Comeback (1997), co-written with Kate Bohner The America We Deserve (2000), with Dave Shiflett, ISBN 1-58063-131-2 Trump: How to Get Rich (2004) The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received (2004) Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life (2004) Trump: The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received (2005) Why We Want You to be Rich: Two Men One Message (2006), co-written with Robert Kiyosaki Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life (2007), co-written with Bill Zanker, ISBN 978-0-06-154783-6 Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received: 100 Top Experts Share Their Strategies (2007) Trump 101: The Way to Success (2007) Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success (2008) Think Like A Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life (2009) Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich-And Why Most Don't (2011), co-written with Robert Kiyosaki, ISBN 1-61268-095-X Time to Get Tough: Making America No. 1 Again (2011), ISBN 978-1-59698-773-9 See also References ^ a b Hoover's coverage by Diane Ramirez (January 2, 2008). 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