WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 – Each candidate currently running for president has had his or her share of attacks by the media. None have escaped the muck pits and political bias that accompanies each run for the White House.
And Donald Trump is no exception.
The outlandish behavior Trump has displayed during his campaign leaves people wondering how he ever arrived at the level of success he has achieved. He has responded to criticism with open insults and name-calling, and acted in ways many would consider non-presidential.
Trump has shown the he can, in fact, be a bully. His business nature proves that he has the ability to be firm and not back down from opposition.
But those who are close to him, both family and employees, are very quick to define the other side of Donald Trump; the very private side that the public may never see.
All five of Mr. Trump’s children hold their father is the highest esteem and adore the close-knit family they credit him with maintaining. His children sing their praises of a father who, they say, not only protected them from the media and kept them out of the tabloids, but also nurtured a closeness between them. They have described him during their childhood years as being firm and tough, but always available for them.
His oldest son, Donald Jr., recalled in a recent interview with People magazine, “When we were kids, we’d be sitting in a boardroom while he was negotiating a deal, and if we were playing with trucks, making noise, it didn’t matter.”
They admired his ability of maintaining a good relationship with their mothers, even after the two divorces.
There are others who have appreciated the side of Donald Trump that is seldom reported. A few years ago, a couple stopped to help a disabled limo carrying Trump. The car reportedly had a flat tire and was sitting on the side of a highway in New Jersey. After the man helped change the tire, Trump asked how he could repay him. The man asked Trump to send his wife flowers. Several weeks later, the man’s wife received the flowers with a note that said, “we’ve paid off your mortgage.”
Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the late pastor Jerry Falwell and President of Liberty University, recalled another time Trump reached out with assistance. In an interview with Sean Hannity, Falwell recalled that Trump, “learned about Clyde Frazier Jr. who ran the Harlem Hoops tournament in the inner city and was killed in the 9/11 attacks.. He searched down the family and donated the money to keep that tournament going.”
Trump’s employees, many of whom are women, hold the utmost respect for him. And many consider his practice of hiring women to be above the norm. He was even considered years ago to be ahead of his time while hiring women for positions that were generally filled by men. Many women say Trump’s primary concern is hiring smart people, regardless of gender.
Trump has depended on strong and assertive women for supervision and advising positions. Rhona Graff, current assistant and a senior vice president, has worked with Trump for more than 25 and describes him as, “brilliant, insightful, funny, charismatic and surprisingly down to earth.” Another employee, Louise Sunshine, shared her experience of working with Mr. Trump. “From the standpoint of being a woman, I just thought he was phenomenal. So supportive and encouraging. . . . He gave me the ropes, and I could either hang myself or prove myself.”
Donald Trump has been called many things in life and in his career. He has also been deemed a brash, insensitive and demanding person. But it is very rare that someone can attain the success that he has by simply being a church mouse in the corner. And all who have witnessed the real world surrounding him can attest that a church mouse he is not.
But while those who do not personally know him and accept what is printed as fact, there are others who are able to see beyond the gossip and public persona. There are those who are directly involved in his life and business, and these are the ones who see the other side of Donald Trump.