At a caucus location in West Des Moines, Iowa on Monday night, Donald Trump’s oldest son tried to convince voters that even though his dad is a “billionaire from New York,” he actually an “ordinary American” and a “blue collar guy,” just like them.
“While he may be the billionaire from New York … he’s much more of a blue collar guy,” Donald J. Trump Jr. told voters at a GOP caucus before they cast their ballots. “He’s a blue collar guy with a big balance sheet.”
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That “ordinary” guy was no doubt born into some extraordinary circumstances. He likes to claim that he is a self-made man because his father only loaned him the “small amount” of $1 million. But in the early 1970s, Trump inherited a share of his father’s real estate empire worth tens of millions of dollars. He later took several massive loans from his siblings’ trust funds and his father to pay his debts and shore up his business.
And while Trump Jr. may claim that the real estate mogul speaks for ordinary Americans, his policies prove that he is more concerned with the wealthiest of Americans — including himself. His tax plan calls for the lowest corporate tax rate among the GOP candidates, lower taxes on the rich, and giveaways to the wealthiest, including the elimination of the estate tax.
While Trump Jr. may attempt to make a last minute outreach effort, Trump launched his presidential campaign by disparaging blue collar workers. He called Mexicans “rapists” and “drug dealers,” all the while relying on thousands of them to construct, work at, and maintain his hotels, resorts, and casinos.