Election 2016: Candidate Profiles — Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

In an effort to inform our students, Opinion Editor Matthew Broderman will be profiling presidential candidates this election season. Any opinions shared do not necessairily reflect those of ACSM, employees of the school or other staff members of The Tiger’s Tale.

Donald Trump, the current leader of the Republican Party’s race for a presidential nominee (though he finished a disappointing second in the Iowa caucus), is best known as a successful real estate and host of the NBC reality TV program, “The Apprentice.” However, he has toyed with the idea of a Republican or even Independent presidential run on numerous occasions in the past 30 years. He has had a tendency to expand his notability for these potential runs with extravagant public antics, such as his decision in 2011 to join the group of Americans who questioned President Barack Obama’s birth within the United States. Dubbed “birthers” – they accused Obama of having been born in Kenya, and thus being constitutionally ineligible for the office of President.

Traditionally, Trump has avoided backing his public speculations of a presidential run with action – until June 1, 2015, when he formally announced his candidacy for the 2016 election. In his declaration, Trump criticized politicians, saying that while he loves them because “it’s easy to make money with politicians,” he is frustrated by the fact that they say much and do little. He also decried illegal immigration, saying that he will inexpensively build a wall along the nation’s southern border, and that he will have Mexico pay for its construction. Trump covered a few other bases, as well, promising that he will be tough on ISIS and stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.