Essay on Donald Trump as a Presidential Candidate

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Due to Donald Trump’s lack of political experience, preoccupation with multiple careers, and blatantly self-serving intentions, he should not ever have been considered a reasonable candidate for the presidential election.

First of all, Donald Trump is a businessman-not a politician. He received his degree in Economics/Real Estate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance. In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported his annual earnings in entertainment alone to be $32 million. This would have meant a significant pay cut, had he become United States President. Currently, he is the producer and star of “The Apprentice,” which has been on air since 2004 (“The Apprentice”). He holds multiple offices at the Trump
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Even blind followers of the campaign would have essentially nothing to convince others to vote for Trump, leaving only a few dedicated voters to support him in the actual elections. Even when a politician has had experience, they can be foiled by difficult policies and rules that apply to the presidency. Take, for instance, former President Andrew Johnson. Johnson was a tailor for much of his life, and became involved in politics later despite a lack of formal education. He was a powerful president, but was nearly impeached due to a policy that congress passed after his veto. He was put on trial and acquitted by only one vote (Case, 1). Trump’s pitfalls do not stop at his inexperience, however. Trump has also had affiliations with multiple political parties. According to public records, he has switched parties four times, most recently in 2009 (DiGiacomo, 1). Originally, he switched from Republican to Independent, and later he switched to Democrat before his most recent adjustment in 2009. At that point, Trump became a Republican for the second time, and this is where he stands currently.

With a television series whose fate is decided by ratings, it seems obvious to some that claiming a potential run for the presidency is a “ratings-gag,” to attract attention and seek an audience the only way Mr. Trump can. The Apprentice will conclude its eleventh season in May, 2011 (“The Apprentice”). Could

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