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The 25 Year-Old Donald Trump Documentary You Never Saw or Knew Existed

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Donald Trump tells us if he’s elected president, he would “be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

His go-to reason to substantiate this declaration is that he’s a great businessman. He has already created tons of jobs, he argues, and he can do it on an even bigger scale as president.

So just how great a businessman is Donald J. Trump?

For decades he has largely maintained a golden boy image though he did go through some very rough times in the late 80’s and 90’s garnering some not so loving press clippings, but nothing has exposed Donald Trump and his businessman legacy like this 25 year-old documentary that never saw the airwaves.

The film was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern as the first of a series on celebrity businessmen and finished in 1991. It was called Trump: What’s the Deal? Back then, the only way for a film to be seen was on television or in the theater. Donald threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor that took on the film. In effect, it was suppressed.

Trump threatened to sue Leonard Stern and his associates when he first learned of the film’s existence, and the ensuing ordeal garnered a great deal of media coverage. Even New York Magazine covered the battle in Edwin Diamond’s article, “Trump vs. Stern: The Unmaking of a Documentary.” Since then, there hasn’t been even the slightest hint of a whisper about the film.

Now that the mogul is hoping to attain the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and, eventually, the White House, the filmmakers felt it necessary to release Donald Trump: What’s the Deal? for free on the Internet.  So they did. In fact, you can watch the entire thing right here, free of charge.

I especially want to invite people who are supporters of Donald Trump due to his brash, no-holds-barred way of speaking to the issues Americans are most concerned about.  The economy, immigration, health care, and the USA’s place on the world stage.  It is important that you know who a leader is and what a leader does when that leader doesn’t think you’re watching or listening.  This film gives you that view and tells you what you need to know to make an informed character-based decision about the man who could become the most powerful man in the world.

I originally posted a link to the full documentary on YouTube, but that and all other links have since been pulled from YouTube.  I found a news blog Who.What.Why. where you can see the full documentary in 12 parts.  Go HERE to see the full documentary.

Written by DCL

February 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm