Donald Trump Revealed -CANCELLED


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4

We examine Trump’s youth and his early career in real estate before he went straight into business with his father, where his values and business practices were shaped.  For three decades Trump built, renovated, and managed numerous office towers, hotels, casinos and golf courses. He licensed the use of his name and hosted The Apprentice, a reality TV show. His net worth is estimated to be $3.5 billion, making him the only billionaire to be elected to the Presidency. How Trump amassed his fortune is discussed.  In June 2015, Trump launched his campaign for President and quickly emerged as the front-runner in Republican primaries. In July he was formally nominated President at the GOP National Convention. He won the general election in a surprise victory against Hillary Clinton and became the oldest and wealthiest person to assume the presidency, the first without prior military or government service and the fifth to have won the election while losing the popular vote. How Trump won the GOP nomination and election is examined in the last two weeks of the class.


Syllabus: Donald Trump Revealed
Ralph Loomis

Trump’s youth and early career in real estate 
Education at military academy and Wharton School
”Whatever he touched turned to gold”
Values and business practices established

Three decades Real Estate 
Building renovating and managing office towers, hotels, casinos and golf courses Licensed use of his name for branding 
Produced and hosted TV series The Apprentice

First interest in running for political office, 1987 
Won Reform party presidential primaries in 2000, but withdrew candidacy 
2015 Start of Presidential campaign 
2016 Won Republican primary

2016 General Election 
Surprize victory vs. Hillary Clinton 
2017 Inaugurated as President 
Oldest, wealthiest and first without prior military/government service 
5th to win election while losing popular vote 
Political positions described as populist, protectionist and nationalist

Facilitator: Ralph Loomis

Ralph Loomis earned degrees at UConn, Trinity and Wesleyan. He has served as an intern to Connecticut Governor John Dempsey, Director of Government Affairs for the pharmaceutical giant Novartis and Chief of Staff for Congressman Christopher Shays. Ralph has taught ten LLI courses ranging from Broadway plays to great photographers and also serves as the President of LLI.