Video about Donald Trump’s childhood in Queens
Less than three minutes long, I found it informative. I recommend it.
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I suspect, but am not completely sure, that Jamaica Estates in the 1950s attracted proles who became rich* rather than old money.
*Rich means what my prole parents considered to be rich when I was a kid, and not what Paul Fussell considers to be rich.
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B.T.D.T. writes in a comment:
What is fascinating about Trump is that he is a “prole” of his own choosing. Trump grew up in a 23 room mansion in Jamaica Estates, even if it wasn’t the upper East Side. By that time, both his father and his grandparents were millionaires making him technically 3rd generation “old money”. He went to a private day school, prestigious military academy and then to the finest Ivy League finance school in the world.
By U.S. standards that is about as aristocratic as it gets. Trump easily could have played the high society game and be sitting on the Boards of galleries and symphonies. His name could be plastered all over the University of Pennsylvania and he could be a good, respectable Democrat like Mike Bloomberg. But he doesn’t give a crap about all that. It’s no fun. He’d rather be banging Miss America contestants and living it up like a guy who just won the lottery. He is a prole at heart and not ashamed of it. That is why he has captured the hearts and minds of the proles. He could be anything he wanted and he chose to be just like them.
You are absolutely right.