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It seems like it was only yesterday. On Wednesday, February 3, Donald Trump was being sworn in as president of the United States. We were still waiting for the Electoral College to weigh in on the 2016 presidential election’s outcome. We’d learned that Trump was taking a swipe at a Gold Star mother for making an unflattering remark about his physical appearance and we were expecting him to deliver a full-throttle speech in response, at the very least, to the many questions from Democrats that had piled up since news of his first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton had broken on Monday night, January 19 – questions ranging from his relationship with Vladimir Putin to his tax returns since he hadn’t released all of them as required by law, which had led to speculation that he had done something illegal. Instead, he delivered a much weaker performance, albeit still one that didn’t go completely unnoticed.
Instead of a robust rebuttal to Clinton’s attacks, Trump tried on the defensive by calling her a “nasty woman”. He also called the election “rigged” and accused Clinton of winning the popular vote – not to mention the Electoral College – by “millions and millions and millions of people”. It seemed like he never fully recovered from the fact that the debate hadn’t gone the way he planned. Instead of a passionate defence of the people he was running against, he tried to change the topic entirely.
It was a bizarre turn of events, made even more bizarre by the fact that Trump was talking about his father and grandfather, a pair of legendary figures famous for the success of his business empire. Indeed, Trump’s father Fred was born in New York City, not far from Manhattan in Queens, near the borough of Queens, and in 1903 he founded the company that would become the world’s largest casino company, the Sands casino. Fred Trump was a businessman of immense charm and ability, and as a young boy, he watched his father, who’d begun his business in the building trade, build his first office and then begin the construction of a real estate empire. To this day, Trump associates are still fond of recounting where he and his father first met.
The two men got to know each other in the late 1920s, when Fred Trump, a successful New York real estate developer, was