Dark tales of molesting beauty queens and raping his ex-wife. Claims of racism and cosying up to the mafia. As he gets ever closer to the White House... Trump is stripped bare (pro trump paper) http://www.***************/news/art...s-closer-White-House-TRUMP-stripped-bare.html Studio 54 in the Manhattan of the late Seventies. Film stars, financiers, mobsters and politicians were all welcome to indulge in a hazy wonderland of money, drugs and sex. ‘I would watch supermodels getting screwed, well-known supermodels getting screwed, on a bench in the middle of the room,’ he recalled breathlessly. ‘There were seven of them and each one was getting screwed by a different guy.’ He later claimed he slept with so many women in those heady years that the danger he faced of getting Aids or other sexually transmitted diseases was his ‘personal Vietnam’. That man was Donald Trump, the rapacious and unashamedly vulgar property tycoon who has astonishingly won over conservative America and who may yet become head of state, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Leader of the Free World. Many dismiss him as a bigot, buffoon, liar and misogynist. Others counter that he is honest, incorruptible (thanks to his wealth) and inspirational. If — as is almost inevitable — he faces Hillary Clinton in a final battle for the White House, it will surely live up to its advance billing as the ‘showdown of the century’. No one — not even Trump, it is said — dreamed he would get this far. But the dazzling speed of his ascent has obscured the real story about a man who has been accused of raping his own wife, molesting and bullying women, fraternising with mafiosi and employing unscrupulous and racist dirty tricks in business. According to his official biography: ‘Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story.’ While many question how successful he really is, Trump is certainly not a self-made man. The brash, pugnacious 69-year-old tycoon and reality TV star was the fourth of five children of one of New York’s most successful property developers, multi-millionaire Fred Trump and his Scottish-born wife, Mary. Fred Trump was so penny-pinching that, after work, he would drive down to his building sites and pick up unused nails so he could hand them back to his carpenters the following morning. Presaging his son’s allegedly racist views, he was sued by the U.S. Justice Department because he wouldn’t rent out flats to black people. And nearly 90 years before Donald was lambasted for refusing to condemn his endorsement by a former Ku Klux Klan chief, Fred was arrested at a KKK rally in 1927. Donald was a difficult child, hurling erasers at teachers at school and cake at birthday party guests. He claims he once gave a teacher a black eye. At 13, he was sent to a tough military academy boarding school, where he excelled at sport, especially baseball, and drill. That was as close as the hawkish Trump, whose plan to combat Islamic State is to ‘bomb the s*** out of them’, ever got to military service. He avoided being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War — at first because he was a student and later because he was ruled out on medical grounds. Trump recently claimed this was because of heel spurs, bony protrusions on the underside of the heel bone, yet he couldn’t remember which foot was affected. But, then, he has always claimed his skill is on the battlefield of business. Trump never misses a chance to brag about his entrepreneurial acumen and vast wealth, arguing this is why he would be so good at running the country. A genius at self-promotion, his name is emblazoned in gold capital letters across hundreds of licensed products and ventures — not only hotels and golf courses but products such as Success By Trump, an aftershave that ‘captures the spirit of the driven man’. Supporters clamour that they want him to run the U.S. like a business. But hopefully not like one of his own businesses. For all his boasts about being a ‘winner’, Trump has presided over a succession of failed ventures. They include a mortgage company, a luxury holiday provider, an airline and a steakhouse. His casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have managed to go bust on four occasions, leaving creditors hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. When he left university in 1968, he already had $200,000 (the equivalent of more than $1 million, or £690,000, today) from his father. He later inherited millions more. They began in 1973 when the Justice Department accused him of trying to deter prospective black and Puerto Rican tenants by insisting there were no vacancies or pretending the rent was much higher. He settled the case, not admitting guilt, but was forced to place ads reassuring minorities. A decade later, Trump was accused of intimidating tenants he wanted to get out of a building on Central Park, cutting off heat and hot water, and failing to carry out repairs. The man who now demands a wall along the Mexican border wasn’t always so hostile towards illegal immigrants. In 1980, he demolished an architecturally acclaimed Manhattan building, using 200 undocumented Polish workers. They were paid just $5 (£3.45) an hour, slept on site and weren’t even given hard hats. When they complained they hadn’t had all their money, they were threatened with deportation. Trump and others were found guilty of failing to pay the workers’ legal benefits, but the case was settled privately after he appealed. Trump’s casinos have been fined repeatedly for breaking gaming rules. The Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City had to pay $200,000 (£138,000) in 1991 for breaking anti-discrimination laws for keeping African-American and female staff away from the gambling table of a high-spending mafioso boss. It has never been suggested that any of his transactions with them was illegal. Asked on TV about his mob connections, Trump said: ‘I deal with people that are very tough people and I get it done.’ David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has followed Trump for decades, says he ‘is not at all who people think he is’ and is ‘appalled’ at the U.S. media’s failure to investigate him. We have never had a major party nominate someone for U.S. President who has long, deep, enduring ties with mobsters, mob associates, a drug trafficker and various con artists,’ he says. ‘This is unprecedented in U.S. history.’ George Houraney and Jill Harth claimed Trump immediately started making passes at Harth and his harassment escalated. In 1997, Harth claimed Trump repeatedly groped her and once tried to rape her, forcing her into his daughter Ivanka’s bedroom. She also alleged he had kept black women out of the pageant. Harth later withdrew her allegations when Trump settled a separate legal dispute with her former husband, Houraney. But surely The Donald is honest when he says he’s a hit with the ladies? Claiming to be as much the master of the bedroom as he is of the boardroom, he tells friends that if they need to take Viagra it’s because they’re with the ‘wrong woman’. It’s just the sort of chauvinistic remark that has led to seven out of ten women voters saying they have an unfavourable impression of Trump. He has made a string of misogynistic gaffes on the campaign trail, including saying that women should be punished for having abortions. His Czech-born first wife, Ivana, discovered Trump was having an affair with former beauty queen Marla Maples after picking up an extension phone in their Aspen hotel suite and overhearing him smooching with his secret lover of two years on the other line. She later confronted Maples on a ski slope as her husband comically tried to flee on skis. Witnesses said Ivana, much the better skier, pursued him, skiing backwards beside him as she wagged her finger in his face. During their 1991 divorce, which was granted on the grounds of his ‘cruel and inhuman treatment’ of her, she claimed in a sworn deposition he had raped her two years earlier after becoming angry over painful scalp reduction surgery he was having in an attempt to deal with his hair loss. However, a Trump biography, Lost Tycoon, subsequently claimed he had subjected Ivana to a ‘violent assault’ in fury after her plastic surgeon had performed painful surgery on him to remove a bald spot. The book claimed Trump tore fistfuls of hair out of Ivana’s scalp, later asking her: ‘Does it hurt?’ Trump, who has five children by his three wives, routinely attacks women who criticise him as ‘fat’ or ‘grotesque’. When British TV journalist Selina Scott refused to let him control a film she was making about him, he turned ‘extremely abusive’, firing off angry letters to her for the next decade. Recalling that his mother had suffered terrible hardship in her childhood, Scott concluded Mrs Trump had spoilt young Donald rotten, turning him into a classic playground bully Unsettlingly, Trump sounds at his most libidinous when he is talking about his glamorous daughter Ivanka, 34. He frequently brags about her having ‘the best body’ and has also told interviewers: ‘I’ve said if Ivanka wasn’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.’ His behaviour towards his third wife, Melania, a former Slovenian model of few words, suggests he sees her as little more than a sexual object. ‘Where’s my supermodel?’ Trump once shouted from the stage of a meeting in Pennsylvania. Earlier, he gloated on a radio show about their ‘incredible sex’ and her lack of cellulite. And Trump — a classic narcissist, says D’Antonio — would rather anything than be ignored. ‘No one in the history of the presidency has been nearly as successful as I have,’ he has boasted.