With Move to Manhattan, Trump Tries to Step Out of His Father’s Shadow
Donald Trump not only inherited millions from his father — he learned that getting sued was just part of doing business.
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The second part of this controversial documentary on Donald Trump focuses on the mogul’s early years. It reveals where he picked up his business smarts — from his father Fred Trump.
The elder Trump amassed the family fortune by building homes in Brooklyn. After World War II, he went bigger. He turned his attention to large housing developments, which he built “with little of his own money.” This would be a strategy his son pursued throughout his career.
From his father’s example, Trump also learned that getting sued was simply part of doing business. It is a lesson that stuck — the frontrunner for the GOP nomination is no stranger to taking adversaries to court or being on the receiving end of lawsuits.
The following video is part of a documentary on Trump that was made a quarter century ago but never released.
The film has a gritty tabloid quality to it — and is, by definition, a period piece. (And some “chapters” will be more explosive or longer than others.) In any case, on the larger issues of Trump’s character and manner of operating, it is more relevant than ever. We dare you to watch this and say that, like Trump, you already “knew it all.”
This is Part 2 of 12.
Editor’s Note: At the request of the filmmakers, this post was updated on August 23, 2023, with a new documentary link.