I have to admit that as a fan of The Apprentice, I once marveled in this very pages at Donald Trump’s ability to raise three smart, well-educated young people. While it’s true that the Trump kids were born with a silver–maybe more accurately, a golden— spoon planted firmly between their lips and had guaranteed positions in Dad’s organization, their earned degrees from Wharton and similar credentials seemed to indicate that they had the ability to achieve on their own, too. And not a single expose from them about Dad’s craziness.
Except for those dead animals the boys like to kill and display. Sickening. And tone deaf. Entitled. But let’s set that aside. Other than that, they have always appeared fairly normal and far more tolerant of Dad’s craziness than I can imagine.
Well, you know, crazy is such a loaded word. It’s probably more accurate to say he’s diabolically clever. He’s managed to touch a deep and toxic part of America, one that once seen can’t be unseen. He’s unleashed the horror. I wish I thought he’d done us a favor.
But then, there are those Trump kids. That’s what this post is about.
Interesting how many people pay no attention to the facts.
Surely, I wondered, could this bombastic clown be all show and no go, not if he raised three accomplished, well-mannered kids, (plus the two we didn’t know so well)?
Do they really do anything at their Dad’s business? Or are they, too, all show and no go? Like their dad?
Oh, I’ve been around the business world long enough to know that he isn’t the astute businessman he wants the public to think him. Not by a long shot. But then there are these adult kids of his and some of their accomplishments are at odds with all the rest of it.
Then, among people who know, I started hearing that those kids weren’t all that in the business world, either. That they were pretty clueless about business and that their business strategy was that they were the Trump kids. Hmm. Who knows the truth? Only those who actually work with the Trump organization.
So I no long marvel. I wonder in a different way, and I am puzzled.
Trump’s crude insults roll off his tongue and fly out of his mouth almost instinctually. It’s second nature to call names. Surely some of that happened at home. It had to. People are who they are. They can’t hide it all the time. How were his children raised, really? Besides the golden spoon, was there a dark side they haven’t told us about?
Surely these kids can’t agree with some of what comes out of their father’s mouth. A young mother with three kids–could Ivanka really be so out of touch with compassion for others not so fortunate? Donald Jr. has something like five kids. How does he square his father’s opinions with being a caring parent, himself?
Are they silent because they know on which side their bread is buttered?
I was raised in a home where my father ruled with an iron fist and had some of Trump’s unflattering traits. His children learned to keep their mouths shut. Well, except for me. I never did learn that. And have the scars to prove it.
My father didn’t have Trump-like wealth to use as leverage to make sure his kids always towed the line. Is this why the Trump kids are so politic about what they say in response to questions about their father’s positions?
We are seeing Donald Trump at his worst but maybe at his most real. The crude insults. The lack of compassion and understanding. The shoot crude from the hip. All things that would make a terrible president, and I can’t for a minute think that he didn’t show some of this behavior at home.
How about that time he said if Ivanka wasn’t his daughter he’d have a go at her, himself, as she had such a killer body? That’s not only disgusting, it’s taboo. He can’t stop saying it. And people can’t stop ignoring it. That puzzles and confuses me.
So I wonder: One day, when the Donald has gone to his eternal rest, will those kids finally “tell all”? Will we ever know what drives this man with so many seeming contradictions?