When Donald Trump was allowed to be Principal for a day at an inner city public school in 1997, it didn’t go well.
In fact, Trump couldn’t even last the whole day. He bolted from the school after two hours in which he upset many students and bragged about his wealth while leaving them with a bunch of hate with his name on them.
The Principal for a Day program is meant to give people a chance to see what the day-to-day in a public school is like. Many influential people usually participate and end up donating money, supplies, and time to the school as a result to improve the education of the kids who go there.
Trump failed in that regard when he was Principal for a day at Public School 70 in the Bronx.
Unsurprisingly, the current Republican nominee bragged about how rich he is in front of an assembly of 300 fifth graders at the cash-strapped school and then only offered a handful of them a chance to get a pair of brand new shoes.
“First of all, who likes Nike sneakers?” he asked according to the New York Times.
All 300 fifth graders raised their hands. Mr. Trump leaned in to drop the bombshell. “If everybody puts their name on a piece of paper right now, I will pick 15 people and I’ll take you to the new Nike store that I just opened at Trump Tower.”
The fifth graders erupted in frenzied excitement at the promise of a trip to what Mr. Trump described as the “inner city called 57th and Fifth.”
If this had occurred after 2008, Trump might have tried to get the students to compete in his very own version of the Hunger Games for the prize of new shoes.
Trump, who claims to be worth $10 billion, then took heat from an 11-year-old boy who couldn’t understand why Trump would merely offer them new sneakers instead of something more substantial and life-changing.
A little while later, 11-year-old Andres Rodriguez had a question.
“Why,” asked Andres, whose father is dead and whose mother cannot work because of a bad leg, “did you offer us sneakers if you could give us scholarships?”
Indeed, Trump could easily have afforded to grant scholarships to all 300 fifth graders. In fact, he could have given scholarships to all 1,700 students at the school. The least he could have done is provide enough money to make sure the school is never short on resources again. But the most Trump donated to the school was a $200 contribution to the school chess team to travel to Tennessee for a tournament. And that was after he contributed a fake $1 million bill as a joke.
In the end, most of the students ended up severely disappointed that Trump didn’t pick them and it resulted in distracting the school’s actual principal from dealing with real issues.
But Trump went on to continue talking about his wealth as if he just wanted to rub their faces in his success without giving any real advice about how they could be wealthy someday as well.
“Is there anyone here that doesn’t want to live in a big beautiful mansion?,” he asked the fifth graders. “You know what you have to do to live in a big beautiful mansion?”
“You have to be rich,” one student offered.
“That’s right,” said Mr. Trump, who took over his father’s real-estate business. “You have to work hard, get through school. You have to go out and get a great job, make a lot of money, and you live the American dream. And you’re going to have fun doing it. It’s a lot of fun. Money does not buy happiness, but it helps. Always remember that.”
And in two and a half hours, Trump left the school basically the way he found it. Impoverished and desperately lacking the space and much needed supplies to educate the students.
It sounds exactly like how Trump is running for president right now. He is bragging about his wealth and giving everybody a hat with his name on it but when it comes right down to it he will leave the nation severely disappointed should he become president because Trump is not a man of substance. He doesn’t have real ideas or policies that would actually help Americans. And the last thing we need is a president who will get bored with his job after two hours and leave the country in the hands of someone else while he jets off to who knows where. We need a president who will be devoted to the job the American people elect them to do. Someone who will do more than just give us a hat and speech about how rich he is.
We need a real leader and that’s why Americans need to vote this November. Because while the school only had to deal with Trump for two hours, America faces four long years of Trump as president if people choose to sit at home.
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