Donald Trump’s family home in Queens, New York | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
15 Crazy Things You Never Knew About Donald Trump
For beingِ such a hot topic onِ the internet today, theِ world hasn’t beenِ able toِ uncover manyِ details aboutِ President Donald Trump’s childhood.
He’s oneِ ofِ the mostِ talked aboutِ public figures inِ recent history, yetِ it’s unusually difficult toِ find childhood facts aboutِ our nation’s 45th president.
What weِ doِ know isِ hisِ life growing upِ inِ the 1940s andِ 1950s wasِ a lot betterِ than mostِ people’s.
1. His childhood home now rents for $4,000 a month
Donald Trump grew upِ inِ a five-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home inِ the Jamaica section ofِ Queens, New York.
The house wasِ recentlyِ sold forِ $2.14 million afterِ just a day onِ the market toِ a woman whoِ chose toِ keepِ herِ identity a secret, according toِ The New York Times.
This buyer thenِ put theِ house upِ forِ rent andِ had noِ problem securing a tenant willingِ toِ pay $4,000 perِ month, whichِ wasِ 14% aboveِ the askingِ rent ofِ $3,500.
President Donald Trump played varsity baseball in high school. | Andy Buchanan/AFP/GettyImages
Next: His friends remember him as a childhood bully.
2. Other kids his age knew him as an outspoken bully
A Washington Post piece uncovered a fewِ of Trump’s childhood characteristics byِ interviewing someِ ofِ hisِ known associates asِ a kid.
Apparently, hisِ reputation asِ anِ outspoken bully theِ media loves toِ associate withِ theِ president today isِ one thatِ heِ commandeered himselfِ asِ a child.
When Trump misidentified pro wrestler Rocca, Kass recalled, “We wouldِ laugh atِ him andِ tell himِ heِ was wrong, andِ he’d sayِ heِ was right.
Next: Young Donald could’ve traded Manhattan for the baseball diamond.
3. He was also known for his good looks and athletic nature
Donald Trump at the New York Military Academy | Donald J. Trump via Facebook
Before hisِ bad hair becameِ a “thing” onِ the campaign trail, Trump wasِ actuallyِ regarded asِ handsome duringِ his teenage years.
He wasِ a fierce competitor andِ excelled atِ sports asِ a captain onِ the varsity baseball team.
In fact, theِ Daily Caller reports Trump couldِ pitch 80 mph andِ had theِ ability toِ goِ pro.
Next: Behavior problems led to military school.
4. His father, Fred Trump, sent him to military school to shape up
Some mightِ assume years ofِ gettingِ what heِ wanted throughِ money andِ power contributed toِ Trump’s complacency withِ rules.
However, theِ antics heِ displays asِ anِ adult areِ nothing new.
Trump misbehaved inِ school, andِ when hisِ disobedient ways becameِ too muchِ forِ his father toِ handle, heِ sent Trump toِ military school forِ betterِ access toِ daily structure andِ behavior modifications.
Donald Trump was well-liked in high school. | Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images
Next: The ladies loved Trump, even as a teenager.
5. His classmates voted him ‘Ladies Man’ in the high school yearbook
To find theِ lastِ time Trump succeeded inِ a popularity poll, you’d haveِ to travel backِ to 1964.
His presidential approval ratings tend toِ hover aroundِ a dismal 40%, butِ his classmates atِ the New York Military Academy voted himِ “Ladies Man” inِ their high school yearbook.
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Next: He dodged the draft.
Student deferments and bone spurs kept him from serving in Vietnam. | Evan Agostini/Getty Images
6. He finagled his way out of the military draft
Most students whoِ attend military schools endِ up enlisting inِ the army uponِ graduation.
But notِ Trump.
He wasِ determined toِ capitalize onِ hisِ real estate andِ economics education toِ beginِ building hisِ empire.
Next: He occasionally broke the law.
7. He (illegally) rode between New York City subway cars
In anِ interview withِ The New York Times, Trump spoke aboutِ his plans toِ improve theِ city’s infrastructure asِ president.
He alsoِ professed a childhood secret, claiming heِ used toِ break theِ rules whileِ riding theِ subway system toِ Kew-Forest School everyِ day.
“I’d takeِ itِ to Kew-Forest School inِ Forrest Hills, whenِ I lived inِ Queens.
Next: The whole family liked to show off .
8. Success runs in the family — and they liked to show it off
Donald Trump comesِ from a successful family.
His sister, judge Maryanne Trump Barry, serves onِ the U.S.
Fred Trump hadِ a passion forِ displaying hisِ successes forِ the world toِ see.
Next: The Trumps lied about their heritage.
9. The Trumps pretended to be Swedish
In The Art ofِ the Deal, Donald Trump claimed toِ beِ Swedish, notِ German. The family played alongِ with theِ narrative untilِ 1990 becauseِ the Trumps hadِ countless Jewish tenants inِ New York andِ didn’t wantِ toِ risk a failing business duringِ World War II. In reality, Trump’s German grandmother lived across theِ street fromِ the family, andِ their roots trace backِ to Kallstadt, a small town inِ southwest Germany.
Next: Trump wasn’t meant to take over the company as a young man.
10. Trump was not first in line to inherit the family business
Donald Trump’s success wasِ certainlyِ aided byِ what heِ learned fromِ his father, Fred Trump, whoِ brought himِ to building sites inِ Brooklyn asِ a teenager. It wasِ hereِ that Donald Trump learned theِ real estate business byِ watching hisِ father routinely outbuild andِ buy outِ hisِ rivals. This wasِ notِ originally theِ plan, though, asِ Trump’s older brother, Fredrick Jr., seemedِ to haveِ that right.
Next: His friends gave him many fitting nicknames as a child.
11. He had better nicknames than ‘The Donald’ throughout his childhood
Donald Trump hasِ never beenِ one toِ shy awayِ from anyِ press, good orِ bad. So whenِ hisِ formerِ wife, Ivana Trump, offhandedly referred toِ himِ asِ “The Donald” inِ anِ interview withِ Spy Magazine inِ 1989, theِ nickname caught wind andِ stuck forِ decades. She laterِ clarified herِ term wasِ theِ result ofِ broken English, asِ English isِ not herِ firstِ language, butِ her fourth.
Next: He dabbled in the arts, too.
12. He had a passion for the arts
Not onlyِ was Trump a talented childhood athlete, heِ hadِ anِ artistic side, asِ well. “I likeِ to hear theِ crowd give cheers, soِ loud andِ noisy toِ myِ ears,” Donald wrote. “When theِ score isِ 5-5, I feel likeِ I couldِ cry.
Next: There’s no place like New York for Trump.
13. His life revolved around New York City
Until heِ made theِ move toِ theِ White House, Trump spent mostِ days inِ andِ around New York City. At oneِ point, hisِ presidential duties keptِ himِ awayِ from theِ city forِ 107 days. That absence wasِ theِ longest stretch heِ spent outsideِ ofِ New York sinceِ heِ was born inِ Queens inِ 1946, friends claimed.
Next: Trump’s adult persona is just like his childhood persona.
14. He’s not so different today as he was back then
No matter howِ much political shade isِ thrown inِ Trump’s direction, theِ president remains unapologetic aboutِ his larger-than-life persona andِ considers himselfِ to stillِ beِ the sameِ person asِ he wasِ asِ a child. He admitted toِ hisِ biographer that, “When I lookِ atِ myself inِ the firstِ grade andِ I lookِ atِ myself now, I’m basically theِ same. The temperament isِ not thatِ different.” And whyِ fix whatِ isn’t broken.
Next: He was a bit of a childhood loner.
15. He didn’t have many close friends growing up
As isِ usually theِ case withِ successful entrepreneurs, young Trump excelled socially andِ academically butِ never forged lasting andِ meaningful relationships withِ close friends. According toِ Encyclopedia.com, hisِ desire toِ succeed overshadowing hisِ need forِ friendship. He’s evenِ quoted asِ saying, “I realized thenِ andِ there, thatِ ifِ you letِ people treat youِ howِ they want, you’ll beِ made a fool.