US presidential elections 2016: The life and career of Republican nominee Donald Trump

Donald Trump's appeal lies in him being a businessman and not a politician and his capacity of not sounding like a politician.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2016 7:27 pm
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Carrying a background in business and television, the Republican nominee Donald Trump is very dissimilar to the Democratic party candidate. However, being a conservative, Trump’s political ideologies align perfectly well with the Republican party’s overall philosophy. Despite the lack of a political background, Trump has succeeded in finding his way through to the final stage of the presidential elections. Explaining the popularity of Trump, American journalist and political analyst Bernard Goldberg had once mentioned that his appeal lies in him being a businessman and not a politician and his capacity of not sounding like a politician.

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Donald Trump was born in June 14, 1946 at Queens, New York City, to an entrepreneurial family. His father owned a real estate and construction firm that later came to be known as the Trump organisation. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics, he took over his father’s business.

His success as owner of a construction firm is visible all across America in some of the most spectacular architecture including the fifth avenue skyscraper and the Trump Tower in New York  and several golf courses and hotels in other cities.

As a television personality, he co-produced the reality television series, “The Apprentice” which went on to acquire worldwide attention. He is also an Emmy nominated star and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Donald Trump announced his decision to run for the presidential race in May 2015 and was declared the official Republican nominee in July 2016. His election manifesto includes enforcement of stronger immigration laws, including building a wall along the US-Mexico border, opposition to certain trade deals such as NAFTA and TPP and changes in the US-China trade agreements.

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Trump’s presidential campaign has been mired in controversy. In December 2015, the Republican nominee asked for completely barring Muslims from entering the United States and drew worldwide criticism. On the other hand, his statements supporting gun rights in America have also been looked down upon. More recently, he came under attack for his offensive comments on women, in particular his conversation with television host Billy Bush in 2005 which got released publicly in October.

At present, the poll predictions show Trump trailing behind Democrat Hillary Clinton including in majority of the swing states.