Opinion | Donald Trump, Self-Made Sham

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“I constructed what I constructed myself.”

This boast has lengthy been on the core of the mythology of Donald Trump, Self-Made Billionaire. Because the oft-told story goes, younger Mr. Trump accepted a modest $1 million mortgage from his father, Fred, a reasonably profitable actual property developer from Queens, and — by smarts, laborious work and sheer pressure of will — parlayed that mortgage right into a multibillion-dollar international empire.

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It’s a traditional American story of ambition and self-determination. Not Horatio Alger,…

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