Not many politicians come under the same intense scrutiny and pressure that has been meted out to Donald J. Trump so far. Much of this has been to do with his controversial views and ideas, but a lot of what has emerged has been as a result of the fact that, in one way or another, he’s been in the public eye for decades. Despite such a storied life, however, there are still more than a few little-known facts about “The Donald.” Here are 20 peculiar and surprising things you probably didn’t know about the author of The Art of The Deal.
20. He put out his own vodka called Trump Vodka
So, here’s an odd little factoid about the controversial politician. Trump made the rather strange decision to put out his own vodka. It was bizarre not only for being ridiculous, but also because of his apparent straight-edge lifestyle. Trump Vodka was produced in the Netherlands from 2007, but it seems like the liquor wasn’t to many people’s tastes, and the product was dumped not long after hitting the shelves.
19. He shampoos with Head and Shoulders
Trump’s golden locks have been the focus of much discussion and scrutiny over the years, but the secret to their shiny glow seems to lie a Head and Shoulders bottle. And so next time you have a discussion with your mates about whether it’s a wig or not, be sure to throw in this trivial but nonetheless illuminating revelation.
18. He has allegedly filed for bankruptcy six times
Because of Donald Trump’s business acumen it would be easy to assume he would never have to fear that his companies would go under. In fact, reports suggest that the prolific entrepreneur has filed for corporate bankruptcy six times or more. Maybe even high-powered business moguls have their own share of monetary issues.
17. He would win the election if it was based solely on social media following
The digital age has seeped into all of our lives in one way or another, and evidently, it’s seeped into our politics too. Trump has an extremely large social media following, clocking in at a monumental 11 million followers on Twitter. Compare this to Hillary Clinton’s 8 million followers, and it’s clear who wins the election contest on the social media battleground.
16. His ancestry is German and Scottish
Trump holds some very old-school American views, so some might be surprised to learn that he actually has relatively recent Scottish and German origins. His mother was born on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, while his grandfather hailed from Kallstadt, Pfalz, in Germany.
15. He’s paranoid about the size of his fingers
This one certainly falls into the weird category. Spy magazine rather cheekily called Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian,” and unsurprisingly, he didn’t like it one bit. In fact it seems the master provocateur is very sensitive when it comes to the size of his pinkies and has got into highly publicized feuds with anyone who dares to point it out. There’s even a blog dedicated to the topic. So, is he taking this all a bit too seriously or is he being unfairly picked on? We can’t quite put a finger on it.
14. He released his own board game
Trump: The Game was released in 1989 and sets players on a quest to own as many profitable properties – and make as much money – as possible. A later edition even came with the tagline, “I’m Back And You’re Fired.” Sure, it’s pretty much the same as Monopoly, but who wouldn’t want to navigate around a board filled with pictures of Trump’s face, passing by his now defunct business acquisitions?
13. He won a Razzie award for “Worst Supporting Actor”
Did you know that Trump actually featured in a late 1980s movie? It’s true. His role in Ghosts Can’t Do It picked up an award – but probably not the sort that he would want. The Razzies – which recognize awful movie contributions – picked Trump as the “Worst Supporting Actor” in 1990, beating out equally poor performances by Leo Damian and others from the same movie. In fact, anyone who thinks Trump is good at putting on an act with the media needs to be referred to this shoddy display.
12. He claims he has never sampled alcohol, cigarettes or drugs
He might have released his very own vodka, but Trump claims that he never goes near alcohol and never has. This also goes for cigarettes and drugs. And his abstinence stems from his own brother’s long battle with alcohol, which sadly ended when he passed away at the age of 42.
11. He hates shaking hands
Any germophobe will tell you that their greatest pet peeve is having to shake hands. And Trump is no different. His germ-wary self has expressed his dislike at having to shake people’s hands, and he’s even gone so far as to call the term of endearment “one of the curses of American society.”
10. He was given an honorary degree, but it was later revoked
Before things started getting a bit sticky for Trump he was known primarily for his entertainment and business persona. Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, were comfortable with this less offensive side of his personality and awarded him an honorary degree in 2010 for his achievements in business. They were less thrilled, however, with comments made during his run for the presidency and chose to revoke the certification in 2015. Specifically, they cited his views as being “wholly incompatible” with the university’s ethos and values because of his stance on immigration.
9. He flew an ill boy on his private jet to get medical care
This is actually pretty cool. We all know about Trump’s controversial views, but the public might not be aware of some of his more compassionate moments. In this case from 1988, Trump flew a sick boy in his private jet to get medical treatment, after commercial airlines had refused to carry the boy. The child’s father said, “Mr. Trump did not hesitate when we called him up. He said, ‘Yes, I’ll send my plane out.’”
8. He’s in the WWE Hall Of Fame and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Trump has had his fingers in a lot of pies over the past few decades and has made an impact in many different forms of media. He is known to wrestling fans as one of the first major public figures to partake in the sports entertainment world, hosting two Wrestlemanias and even featuring in a match. As a result, he would go on to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. The same goes for the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, too, where you can find The Donald’s very own star situated among some of Hollywood’s finest.
7. He feuded with the pope
The fierce politician isn’t shy when it comes to public feuds, but one such quarrel went all the way to the Vatican. Yes, Trump’s response to Pope Francis’ claim that he was unChristian was typical of the businessman. He replied, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.” He’s never backed down from a fight, not even with the leader of the Catholic Church.
6. He gave one of the longest acceptance speeches ever after receiving the presidential nomination
It was clear to everyone that if Trump received the presidential nomination, there would be a speech to trump all other speeches. And he didn’t disappoint: Trump’s soliloquy lasted a staggering 75 minutes, the longest speech for at least 40 years. It saw him surpass the previous record – Bill Clinton, who made a particularly lengthy acceptance speech in 1996 – with ease. Controversial? Yes. Speechless? Never.
5. He’s best friends with heavy metal rocker Dee Snider
Even to conservatives, Trump probably seems stridently conservative. And so it may be even more surprising to learn that he is best friends with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. In fact, the heavy metal singer has talked at length about their long-standing friendship, even allowing Trump to use one of the band’s tracks for the campaign trail. And while the two polar opposites might share a personal kinship, the metal maniac insists he isn’t voting for him, saying, “My best friend is legally insane. He gets checks from the government. I’m not voting for him.”
4. His student deferments meant he was never drafted to fight in the Vietnam War
Trump is certainly no stranger to coming under fire, but it has emerged that he was never drafted to fight in Vietnam because of numerous deferments. However, Trump seems to feel personal remorse at not having fought, saying, “I didn’t serve, I haven’t served. I always felt a little guilty.”
3. He owned the whole of the Miss Universe beauty pageant company before selling it
Trump has always had an eye for the ladies, so what better way to merge business and pleasure than to actually own the Miss Universe contest? And that’s exactly what he did, before choosing to sell it as late as 2015. The sale was confirmed by new owners WME/IMG, with Trump saying, “The pageants are now in the hands of a great company that will shepherd them to even greater levels of success.” We imagine there was a tear running down his face when he said it.
2. He played himself in an episode of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
Trump not only made cameo appearances on the silver screen, he also found his way onto TV playing his favorite character – himself. A fresh-faced Trump actually appeared in the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air episode “For Sale, By Owner,” in which he offered to buy the Banks’ family home. And it’s fair to say that Carlton was overwhelmed by his presence…
1. He was infatuated with Princess Diana
Trump certainly isn’t known for his finesse. If you needed further proof of that, you only need to look at his advances towards Princess Diana. The trumpster wasted no time pursuing his love interest. He even sent the princess some expensive flowers following her break up with Prince Charles. It didn’t exactly come up roses for Trump, though, with Diana allegedly saying, “He gives me the creeps.”