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A little backgrounder on Donald J. Trump…A guy from Queens NYC…..

A look at where the current Paresident of the United State grew up and some other stuff that isn’t well known….

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Only one person born and raised in New York City has been elected president of the United States during the past 100 years: Donald J. Trump.

Most successful politicians from New York City — Al Smith, Tom Dewey, Nelson Rockefeller, Rudy Giuliani — failed when they ran for president.

By contrast, Donald Trump never made it in New York City’s business, cultural or civic world.

 That’s why he won.

From the moment of his birth in Queens, Trump was an outsider, the son of an outer borough real estate developer. Trump was not even elite in Queens. He went to the undistinguished Kew-Forest School and then attended the New York Military Academy, rather than the nationally ranked Jamaica High School near his home.

Trump’s father, Fred Trump, a real estate developer, lived in what was designed to be a gated, very white, insular enclave: Jamaica Estates, Queens. The Trumps didn’t live in either of the two higher-status neighborhoods of Queens: Forest Hills Gardens or Douglaston.

Trump had a bigger handicap in his father’s German heritage. Fred Trump, who built middle-income housing in Brooklyn and Queens, had been arrested in 1927 at a Ku Klux Klan protest rally in Queens, according to the New York Times. Since World War II, a German heritage has been a liability for prospective politicians in New York. In fact, the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, was born Warren Wilhelm Jr., and was called Bill Wilhelm before he legally changed his name to Bill de Blasio, adopting his mother’s maiden name as his own just in time to run for City Council.

Trump then missed out on opportunities to expand his exposure to other cultural groups. Although of age for military service during the Vietnam War, he successfully avoided the draft with four deferments — and one medical deferment after college.

As an ambitious young man, Trump made the leap into Manhattan by using his father’s political connections and his own negotiating skills to get control of the aging Commodore Hotel next to Grand Central Terminal…..