““Don’t judge a book by its cover.” ―George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
Beneath the Tough Exterior
There is more to Trump than the streetfighter persona most people know. The following stories are intended to give the reader a fuller glimpse of Trump the mensch.
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The Donald Helps Homebound Heroes
In 1991, back when Operation Desert Storm was being prosecuted by the US military, there were two hundred Marines whose flights home had been canceled, so they were stranded at a North Carolina airport. Donald Trump heard about the situation and decided to act. Trump stopped what he was doing and ordered his private jet to North Carolina, where it was to pick up the service members and deliver them home to Florida. Two trips were needed, in order to transport everyone home, but everyone made it. According to Corporal Ryan Stickney, “The way the story was told to us was that Mr. Trump found out about it and sent the airline down to take care of us. And that’s all we knew. . . . I remember asking, ‘Who is Donald Trump?’ I truly didn’t know anything about him.”
Trump Rewards a Good Samaritan
Closer to home, for the Donald, was an occasion when his own mother—who was 79 at the time—was mugged. As fate would have it, a Good Samaritan in the form of a truck driver was passing by and witnessed the attack on Mrs. Trump (which caused her to suffer broken bones and facial bruising). The truck driver “brought down the mugger and handed him over to justice,” causing him to receive three to nine years in prison. Trump treated the rescuer, his sister, and his son all to dinner, offered him a better job than the one he was already working, and gave him a check (for an unknown amount of money) to express his appreciation.
Trump Recognizes Buffalo Bus Driver
Buffalo, New York, bus driver Darnell Barton, as he left a bus stop around 3:50 PM on October 18, 2013, was heading south on Elmwood Avenue when he noticed a woman standing on the wrong side of the west-side railing of the Scajaquada Expressway overpass, leaning out over traffic. “I didn’t think it was real with everything else going on around her. Traffic was proceeding as normal and a couple of pedestrians walked right by her and a bicyclist rode by. I mean, they were inches from her,” said Barton. Barton proceeded to open the door of his bus and ask the woman if she needed help. She only gazed back in response to his query, so Barton went on to call the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Metro Bus dispatcher to report what was occurring, after which he proceeded to the woman’s rescue. When he found himself only steps away from the woman, Barton made a grab for the woman, asking her, “Do you want to come on this side of the guard rail now?” The woman replied in the affirmative, and Barton completed the rescue by helping her over the railing and making sure she made it safely to the sidewalk.
When Barton was later recognized as a hero, he took the opportunity to compliment the students on his bus, saying how well they behaved and how encouraging that was to him. Barton left out the detail that the students had energetically applauded him at the conclusion of his life-saving intervention. Another person who was impressed by the bus driver was Donald J. Trump, of New York City. Trump was so impressed with Mr. Barton that he awarded him a gift of $10,000. Said Trump, “I thought that was so beautiful to see. I think he is a great guy with an amazing heart and I said that man should be rewarded. Frankly, I’m very honored to help him out. . . . The way he handled it was brilliant.”
Helping Jennifer Hudson
On October 24, 2008, Jennifer Hudson and some of her family members checked into the Trump International Hotel & Tower, in Chicago, courtesy of Donald Trump. The reason for Trump’s footing the bill for the Hudson family was out of a sincere desire to protect the family, in the wake of the recent devastation the family had suffered. On October 24, 2008, Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew had all been murdered. “She’s a great girl. And we’re protecting them well,” Trump remarked about Hudson and her family at a benefit where he was in attendance.
Trump Saves a Widow’s Farm
Another example of Trump’s compassion occurred in 1986, when a farmer by the name of Leonard Dozier Hill III committed suicide. About to have his farm foreclosed on by the bank, it was Hill’s intention to have life insurance policies pay off the mortgage. But none of his policies would pay, since each one had a clause prohibiting payment in cases of suicide.
Donald Trump got wind of the story and decided to step in to help the widow, 66-year-old Annabel Hill, to keep her farm. Trump gave Mrs. Hill $20,000 out of his own pocket to get Mrs. Hill’s mortgage up-to-date. Then Trump helped Mrs. Hill to raise the remainder of the balance owed by soliciting donations from people across the country, after which he and a Texas oilman pitched in the last $78,000 needed to complete the pay-off.
Speaking about Trump, Betsy Sharp, Annabel Hill’s daughter, said, “We saw a whole different side of him that was kindhearted, to reach out to us, to help us. Most people don’t know and see that side. All they see is just the ‘blurt’ that people put on the TV. They don’t see the other side of him, and that’s what my family got to experience.” Annabel Hill lived to the ripe old age of 91, dying in 2011, with the farm in the hands of her son, Leonard Dozier Hill IV.
Trump Helps a Marine in Distress
Sergeant Tahmooressi, a US Marine, was held in Mexico for a time, until he was finally released by a Mexican judge on humanitarian grounds. Once Tahmooressi was discharged from prison, it was Donald Trump who stepped in to give the sergeant a helping hand, writing out a $25,000 check to help Tahmooressi get his life up and running again.
Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren said the following: “In all seriousness, Donald did help out Sergeant Tahmooressi. He sent him some money to help him jump start his life. Sergeant Tahmooressi rotted in a Mexican prison for 214 days. President Obama wouldn’t even pick up the phone to help.”
Tahmooressi was imprisoned when he accidentally entered Mexico, by way of a one-way street he could not exit from. Upon notifying Mexican authorities that he just wanted to turn around and leave again—since he had guns in his car that would be illegal to possess in Mexico—Tahmooressi found himself under arrest and being prosecuted for weapons violations. (It is ironic that illegal aliens from Mexico who intentionally break American laws go unprosecuted in the US, while Americans who accidentally break the law in Mexico are prosecuted to the maximum extent allowable.)
Trump Rescues a Three-Year-Old Orthodox Child
On July 20, 1988, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that Donald Trump had rescued an Orthodox Jewish boy named Andrew Ten by allowing the use of his private jet airplane. The three-year old boy could not get from Los Angeles to New York for urgently-needed medical attention, because commercial airlines refused to transport a boy with a breathing ailment who needed to bring along his own life-support system, which included a portable oxygen tank, a suction machine, a breathing bag, and an adrenaline syringe.
Andrew Ten arrived safely in New York, with not only his parents, but three nurses in tow who were tending to him around the clock. Trump had made his plane available for the special trip to New York after the boy’s parents, Judy and Harold Ten, called Trump and told him of their plight.
Harold Ten said Trump did what he did because “he is a good man. He has three children of his own, and he knows what being a parent is all about.” Ten quoted the Talmud, with regard to Trump, saying that, by saving his son, it is “as if he saved the entire world.”
Andrew, called Avraham Moshe in Hebrew, was taken from the LaGuardia to the Schneider Children’s Hospital of Long Island Jewish Medical Center, for evaluation and care. Ostensibly healthy at birth, Andrew had fallen victim to attacks of breathing cessation and had, over time, lost his gag reflex and his ability to swallow, thus requiring the use of a feeding tube. A sleep apnea alarm was also in regular use. Trump’s generosity has been credited with saving Andrew’s life.
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