Donald Trump is a controversial figure who has been in the public eye for many years. As a businessman, reality television star, and politician, he has attracted a lot of attention and scrutiny. Here are several mind-blowing facts about Donald Trump you probably haven’t heard.
1. Trump Was a Millionaire By Age 8
According to his father’s tax returns, Donald Trump was already a millionaire by the time he was eight years old. He inherited much of his wealth from his father, who was a successful real estate developer.
2. Trump’s Catchphrase “You’re Fired” Was Actually a Branding Strategy
Trump’s catchphrase on his reality television show “The Apprentice” was “You’re fired!” This catchphrase was actually a branding strategy, meant to sell merchandise with the phrase printed on it.
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3. Trump Had a Cameo in “Home Alone 2”
In 1992, Trump had a brief cameo in the movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He appears for a few seconds to give directions to the main character, played by Macaulay Culkin.
4. Trump Owns a Vineyard in Virginia
In addition to his real estate holdings, Trump also owns a vineyard in Virginia. The vineyard, named Trump Winery, produces a variety of wines and has won several awards.
5. Trump Has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Image Credit: Shutterstock.In 2007, Trump was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry. The star is located near the Dolby Theatre, which is the venue for the Academy Awards.
6. Trump is a Germaphobe
According to several sources, including former White House aides, Trump is a germaphobe who is very particular about cleanliness. He reportedly hates shaking hands and avoids touching doorknobs and elevator buttons.
7. Trump Was the First President to Be Impeached Twice
In 2020 and 2021, Trump was impeached twice by the U.S. House of Representatives, making him the first president in history to be impeached twice. The first impeachment was related to his alleged attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival, while the second was related to his role in inciting the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.
8. Trump Has Filed for Bankruptcy Several Times
Despite being a billionaire, Trump has filed for bankruptcy several times over the years. In the 1990s recession, Trump lost his airline, his 282-foot yacht, and took out second or even third mortgages on many of his properties.
9. Trump Was Once the Owner of the Miss Universe Pageant
Trump was once the owner of the Miss Universe pageant, which he bought in 1996. He later sold the pageant in 2015, following controversy over comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign.
10. Trump Has His Own Board Game
In 1989, Trump released his own board game called “Trump: The Game.” The game was designed to simulate the experience of being a real estate developer. An updated version featured Trump’s signature catchphrase, “You’re fired!”
11. Trump Was Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame
In 2013, Trump was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for his contributions to the professional wrestling industry. He had made several appearances on WWE shows over the years, and even participated in a “Battle of the Billionaires” match at WrestleMania 23 in 2007.
12. Trump Once Owned a Professional Football Team
In 1984, Trump bought the New Jersey Generals, a professional football team in the United States Football League. However, the league ultimately folded, and Trump’s investment in the team did not pay off.
13. Melania Trump Was Not the First First Lady Born Outside the U.S.
Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s third wife, was born in Slovenia and worked in Italy and France before moving to the U.S. in 1996. However, she is not the only first lady to be born outside the U.S. The other was Louisa Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams.
14. Donald Trump Refused the Draft
While in college, Trump received four draft notices for mandatory military duty. However, Trump refused all of them because of medical conditions. When asked about this during his presidential campaign, he claimed it was due to a bone spur in his foot, but that he couldn’t remember which foot.
15. Trump Does Not Drink Alcohol
Due to his late brother’s battle with alcoholism, Trump said in an interview that he does not drink alcohol. Instead, he prefers Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi.
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