Donald Trump lives in his own delusional world that has no connection to the realities that most Americans have to struggle with every day. This was made abundantly clear when he told NBC’s Matt Lauer that he had it hard as a young man, as his father gave him a “small loan” of only a million dollars, as reported by POLITICO:
“It has not been easy for me. It has not been easy for me. I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars,” Trump remarked. “I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan and I started buying properties, and I did great.”
NBC’s Matt Lauer followed up on Trump’s “small loan” remark: “By the way, let’s just put this in perspective, you said it hasn’t been easy for you, but my dad gave me a million-dollar loan. That probably is going to seem pretty easy to a lot of people.”
“You’re right, but a million dollars isn’t very much compared to what I’ve built,” Trump countered. “I mean, I’ve built one of the great companies, but it’s always been, you know, you can’t do this, you can’t do that.”
Yes, poor Trump spent his early years in expensive boarding schools and was given start-up money for his “business” career, the success of which has been questionable at best, given his multiple bankruptcies. It’s hard to imagine anyone more representative of the selfish excesses of wealthy America or be more disconnected from the struggles of everyday Americans. It’s mind-boggling to understand how anyone can pretend this man cares or even understands the problems facing the American middle class.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.