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The Big Story

SHOCK AND AWE by Maarten Hoffmann


e should be used to shock results in the political arena after the Brexit vote but there can be few people that are not shocked to their boots over the US election result. President Trump was just not a phrase on anyone’s lips.

The election of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States is a sharp rejection of the status quo. The political elite have no one but themselves to blame for this as they have taken the public for a ride for far too long, with their cosy fireside deals that stitch up the man in the street, in a laser focussed attempt to retain their positions of wealth and power and ensure that this is passed down the line. Look at Bush 1 and 2 and the brazen attempt by the Clintons to keep it all in the family. The people have spoken and the people have had enough. When that happens, you get someone like Donald Trump ending up as the most powerful man in the world.

Drumpf, the family’s ancestral name, evolved to Trump during the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century. Trump has said that he is proud of his German heritage;

Trump was born and raised in New York City and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971 he was given control of his father Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm and later renamed it The Trump Organisation, rising to public prominence shortly thereafter. Trump has appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015, and has made cameo appearances in films and television series. He sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew before voting began. He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015. As of 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 156th in the United States. Trump is of German ancestry on his father’s side and Scottish ancestry on his mother’s side;


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