While we live in an era where facts are often challenged, it is an unquestioned fact that Donald J. Trump was born into a very wealthy family. He was raised with wealth and privilege. When he got started in business, he did not do it all on his own – he “borrowed” millions of dollars from his father. He worked for his father and shared in some portion of a huge inheritance when his father passed away. Since Donald Trump hasn’t released his taxes, it is unclear as to the exact number but Trump has likely received millions from his father and his father’s estate (Marco Rubio claimed $200 million at the Feb 25, 2016 GOP debate).
There is nothing wrong with being born to a wealthy family. I would have been happy to have been born with a silver spoon in my mouth. However, the nepotism that comes with such a birthright does blur the lines between achieved success and given fortune. In 1974 Fred Trump made Donald the president of his real estate company and overnight Donald Trump’s net worth increased by around $40 million. This makes me think of the expression, “sometimes it is better to be lucky, than to be good.” Donald was certainly lucky but there is some question as to whether he is actually good at business.
The Problem: Trump supporters have claimed that Donald Trump will be a great president because he is great at business, evidenced by his great wealth. But that conclusion might not pass muster. Since Trump has been less than transparent with his financials it is equally likely that Trump is an incompetent business man whose wealth is exaggerated and built on a bedrock of questionable business deals and outright theft. If that is the case, then we, the American people, should be very concerned with how we will be “doing business” with the rest world.
As Politifact states:
And while Trump is quick to boast that his purported billions prove his business acumen, his net worth is almost unknowable given the loose standards and numerous outright misrepresentations he has made over the years. In that 2007 deposition, Trump said he based estimates of his net worth at times on “psychology” and “my own feelings.” But those feelings are often wrong—in 2004, he presented unaudited financials to Deutsche Bank while seeking a loan, claiming he was worth $3.5 billion. The bank concluded Trump was, to say the least, puffing; it put his net worth at $788 million, records show. (Trump personally guaranteed $40 million of the loan to his company, so Deutsche coughed up the money. He later defaulted on that commitment.)
And it is worth mentioning a 2015 article from the The National Journal by S.V. Date that argues, “by putting his inheritance into the stock market back in the 1970s, Trump might have been ‘really rich’ without all the drama.”
“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order”
— Mike Pence, 2016 GOP Convention
We thought it appropriate that Mike Pence introduce the Color U.S. Trumped story since he is going to be carrying a lot of water for the Trump Administration. Mike Pence’s career in Indiana politics has been marked by time working on “religious freedom” legislation. His actions are understandable when you consider this excerpt from Time Magazine: “Pence… called being gay a choice and said keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of ‘God’s idea.'”
The Problem: Pence’s blatant bigotry is a real problem for people who have and will suffer as he makes and shapes policy. He is unapologetic about the fact that he would like to take away the civil rights of a large subset of Americans.
His record on immigration, education, the environment, trade, guns, and personal ethics aren’t much better so our depiction of Pence with the halo could not be more ironic.
Here’s What Mike Pence Said on LGBT Issues Over the Years
Portland, Oregon January 24, 2017 – Story author Megan Ferrell and coloring book illustrator Nicole Aue announce the launch of the Color U.S. Trumped Kickstarter Campaign. Color U.S. Trumped is a 40-page satirical story and coloring book of Donald Trump’s peculiar rise from celebrity businessman to President of the United States. Corresponding to the story are 18 illustrated pages that can be creatively colored.
The story is factually accurate and documented throughout with a supporting website for public view at colorustrumped.com. Among the 18 pages for coloring are Donald Trump as the Swamp Thing, Melania Trump on the stage at the Republican National Convention, Campaign Manager KellyAnne Conway, campaign surrogates Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie, FBI Director James Comey, and more.
The Kickstarter has a fundraising goal of $5,000 to cover fees associated with printing. Interested parties can contribute to the Kickstarter as a product purchase. With a fully funded project, the book will go out for publication late March-early April for an approximate April delivery date.
Visit the Color U.S. Trumped website for sample pages of the story, documentation details, and updated media reports.
Visit the Kickstarter campaign for the full campaign video, project details, and to reach the author or illustrator.