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Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports, and entertainment. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance. An accomplished author, Mr. Trump has authored over fifteen bestsellers and his first book, The Art of the Deal, is considered a business classic and one of the most successful business books of all time. Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media and is a frequent guest across a variety of media platforms.

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Crippled America

PREFACE

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE


SOME READERS MAY BE wondering why the picture we used on the cover of this book is so angry and so mean looking. I had some beautiful pictures taken in which I had a big smile on my face. I looked happy, I looked content, I looked like a very nice person, which in theory I am. My family loved those pictures and wanted me to use one of them. The photographer did a great job. But I decided it wasn’t appropriate. In this book we’re talking about Crippled America—that’s a tough title. Unfortunately, there’s very little that’s nice about it. Hence, the picture on the cover.

So I wanted a picture where I wasn’t happy, a picture that reflected the anger and unhappiness that I feel, rather than joy. There’s nothing to be joyful about. Because we are not in a joyous situation right now. We’re in a situation where we have to go back to work to make America great again. All of us. That’s why I’ve written this book. People say that I have self-confidence. Who knows? When I began speaking out, I was a realist. I knew the relentless and incompetent naysayers of the status quo would anxiously line up against me, and they have:

The politicians who talk a great game in campaigns—and play like total losers when they try to actually govern because they can’t govern; they don’t know how to govern.

The lobbyists and special interests with their hands in our pockets on behalf of their clients or others.

The members of the media who are so far lost when it comes to being fair that they have no concept of the difference between “fact” and “opinion.”

The illegal immigrants who have taken jobs that should go to people here legally, while over 20 percent of Americans are currently unemployed or underemployed. Believe me, they’re all over the place. I see them. I talk to them. I hug them. I hold them. They are all over the place.

Congress, which has been deadlocked for years and virtually unable to deal with any of our most pressing domestic problems, or even the most basic ones, such as passing a budget. Think of it: a little thing like passing the budget. They don’t even have a clue.

Meanwhile, the bedrock of this country—the middle class—and those 45 million Americans stuck in poverty have seen their incomes decline over the past 20 years. Understandably, their disenchantment and frustration at what’s happening grows every day, and it gets worse and worse and worse.

And even our lawyers and judges, the reflective “wise men,” have been stepping all over the US Constitution, the bulwark of our democracy. They have recklessly appointed themselves to be policy makers, because our actual elected officials are paralyzed by partisanship. They can’t move; they can’t act. They are totally impotent.

As for the presidency and the executive branch, the incompetence is beyond belief.

As I write this, Russian president Vladimir Putin is totally outmaneuvering our president by putting together a coalition in Syria that will make Putin the only effective leader in the world. He and his allies—most notably Iran—have positioned themselves exactly where President Obama and our military have failed miserably for years. They are total failures. They are not leaders. We are no longer a leader. Putin has become the leader, and it’s an embarrassment to our country.

We’ve wasted literally trillions of dollars in the Middle East, with virtually nothing to show for it except for alienating our best ally, Israel. To make matters worse, we’ve negotiated a worthless and costly nuclear treaty with Iran (now Russia’s best friend) on the supposition that it will lead to greater harmony and world peace, which it won’t. It will lead to just the opposite.

The idea of American Greatness, of our country as the leader of the free and unfree world, has vanished.

Despite all of these challenges—and actually because of the challenges—I decided to do something about it. I couldn’t stand to see what was happening to our great country. This mess calls for leadership in the worst way. It needs someone with common sense and business acumen, someone who can truly lead America back to what has made us great in the past.

We need someone with a proven track record in business who understands greatness, someone who can rally us to the standard of excellence we once epitomized and explain what needs to be done.

When I started speaking out, I had no idea what the reaction would be. I know I’m a great builder, I’ve built buildings all over the world. I’ve had tremendous success. But I hadn’t fully exposed my political thoughts and ideas to restore America’s greatness.

I also knew that the Trump brand is one of the world’s great icons of quality and excellence. Everybody talks about it. Everybody knows about it. It’s very very special. I’m very proud of it. Our buildings and resorts now stand very proudly (and beautifully) all over the United States and in many other countries.

I started with the issue of illegal immigration, and proposed building a major wall that would be very high and completely impervious to the flood of immigrants who we don’t want or need here illegally. We love people coming in, but not when it’s done illegally.

Suddenly, Americans started to wake up to what was going on with regard to illegal immigration. Despite the large number of candidates who were running for the Republican nomination, what I was saying started to really hit home with people, and everybody picked it up and they picked it up gladly.

I started drawing crowds so large that we had to move our rallies into football stadiums and convention centers. The first national debate drew 24 million viewers, which set a record for cable television. Despite some of the ridiculous, antagonistic questions—or maybe because of them—I fought back as I always do and began to explain my vision. As a result, most people thought I won the debate.

People were applauding. All of a sudden, people who had never cared about elections or never voted were rushing to our rallies. The rallies became massive. The crowds were unbelievable. The enthusiasm was based on pure love and love of what we were doing.

The media, the politicians, and the so-called leaders of our country reacted in horror. But I persevered and went directly to the people, because I don’t need anyone’s financial support, nor do I need anyone’s approval of what I say or do. I just had to do the right thing. I had to do it. I had no choice. I see what’s happening to our country; it’s going to hell. I had to do it.

I have now begun to fill in some of the details of my vision. I’ve released a tax plan that gives the middle class and those with lower incomes a chance to keep more of what they earn, while restructuring how the richest Americans will be paying taxes.

I’ve committed to a truly more powerful military, one prepared and equipped to stand up to any and all of our foes. When we draw a line in the sand, it needs to mean something to all—especially our enemies.

I’ve introduced a whole new approach to job creation by encouraging companies to bring more of their jobs and manufacturing back to America (home where it belongs), along with the trillions of dollars currently being held in foreign banks overseas. We’re bringing that money back. It’s a massive amount of money. And guess what? Lots of good things are going to happen. They’re going to spend that money on roads, on bridges, on companies, on jobs. It’s going to be amazing.

I’ve explained why Obamacare is a costly, ludicrous solution to our health care woes and one which must be repealed and replaced with a much better option. We need to fix the problem by creating competition in the private sector between insurance companies, and by allowing patients to choose the family doctors they want. This will be a much better plan, a much less costly plan—better doctors, better service. It will be something really special. And think of it: the United States will save a fortune as a country. People will be better served. A combination that cannot be beat.

Competition is a magic word in education as well. Parents should have the right to choose the schools where their kids can get the best education. The weaker schools will be closed, and ineffective teachers will be fired. One-size-fits-all education—Common Core—is bad. It’s not going to happen. We don’t want our children to be educated from Washington. We want local eduction. Education should be locally based.

Domestically, we need to undertake a massive rebuilding of our infrastructure. Too many bridges have become dangerous, our roads are decaying and full of potholes, while traffic jams are costing millions in lost income for drivers who have jobs in congested cities. Public transit is overcrowded and unreliable and our airports must be rebuilt. You go to countries like China and many others and you look at their train systems and their public transport. It’s so much better. We’re like a third-world country.

I could go on and on regarding many of the ideas I’ve written about in this book, and more that will be forthcoming. But let me add that while my critics are pushing their policy agendas, the last thing we need are more plans that evaporate after the elections.

What we need is leadership that can deal with our mess and begin to apply practical solutions to our problems. My goal is not to design hundreds of pages of government regulation and red tape like others propose. We need to outline commonsense policies and then knock some heads together if necessary to make them work. The fact is we are over-regulated. People can’t move. They’re stymied. Companies can’t be built. We’re over-regulated.

I know how to deal with complex issues and how to bring together all the various elements necessary for success. I’ve done it for years and have built a great company and a massive net worth.

This book is designed to give the reader a better understanding of me and my ideas for our future. I’m a really nice guy, believe me, I pride myself on being a nice guy but I’m also passionate and determined to make our country great again.

It’s time we turn America around from despair and anger to joy and accomplishment. It can happen, and it will happen.

Our best days still lie ahead. There is so much untapped greatness in our country. We’re rich in natural resources, and we’re rich in human talent.

Enjoy this book—and together, let’s make America great again!
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; First Edition edition (November 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501137964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501137969
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,053 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now I've got to be honest. This is my first review of any product online, and my fist time reading any book, let alone a political book since I graduated high school three years ago. I hate books, and I hate politics. But I owed myself, because I love Trump. I never thought in a million years someone would open my eyes to the world of politics, and make me actually understand what is actually happening to our country. I was completely blind to the fact that our country is in such dire shape prior to Trumps announcement that he is running for president, and oh is he running.

Since his announcement, I have been following his every move. Everyday I get online and search for anything, and everything Trump. Things such as videos of him speaking on the campaign trail, policy proposals on the VA, tax plans, and of course the debates. Oh how I love to watch him put politicians, and more recently moderators in their place, yes I'm talking to you MSNBC. You can't Stump the Trump, he is on a whole other level when it comes to these talking heads. He can't be bought, if you insult him he will K.O. you, and the liberal media can't stand him. There's a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” This pretty much sums up the Media vs. Trump scenario we have been seeing for the past four months. But I digress.

Donald Trump has charged the public with a vast amount of anger and, disgust with how our government is run. We have been taken advantage of by the incapable politicians in Washington long enough, and I believe a vast amount of people are just fed up.
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I've never commented on or left reviews for Amazon books previously-mostly because there are very few books which merit review-but this is a rare gem. It's an absolutely brilliant, no-nonsense look at some of the major problems facing the country today. This book comes to life with Trump's characteristic "tell-it-like-it-is" attitude and his clear focus on illustrating how to solve important issues logically instead of resorting to fear, anger, or timidity. Is the style/tone a bit bombastic from time to time? Absolutely. However, it adds fire and vigor to the topics at hand, both of which are crucial ingredients in ensuring that all voters understand the significance of the points which are made. While Trump doesn't focus on his failures, there's quite honestly no need to: Every major media outlet (with the exception of a few such as Breitbart) despises the man due to their fear and insecurity about the people electing a President who isn't a puppet and they regularly exaggerate his shortcomings.

A must-read. Apart from the book itself, on a more socially minded note, electing Trump may be the single most important decision the American people make this decade. He's self-funded (doesn't beg from anyone), speaks his mind with clarity, genuinely wants to help, and has a track record of massive business success, something which none of the other career politicians on stage have.

It's time.
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Awesome book and perfect antidote for the "Trump has no specifics" lie. Trump, if anything, is the ultimate pragmatist, he wants results and uses common sense to D.C.'s troubles. Subjects covered include taxes, education, immigration, foreign policy, military, veterans, trade, jobs and much more. The solutions presented are not ideological, but really common sense that seems to evade D.C. and the press. What impressed me most is how Trump comes across: Honest, really loves America and wants to genuinely fix the broken system. And with his extensive success in the business world, I believe he can.
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Bought the book. Haven't read a book in years. Loved his "to the point" as he didn't try to coddle or speak to the reader like a preschooler. He is down to earth and is very in touch with the middle class. When I first heard of him running, I laughed and even told friends who were talking about it that he was just playing games. All it took was his first speech that I heard and I truly realized that everything he talks about are the very things that I want in my next President. And one of the most important things is that he isn't being bought and that he is running for the average American and not special groups. He doesn't have 29 handlers and 43 speech writers. He is who he is and what you see is what you get - that's gotta be the best trait I've seen in a politician in decades. I am now a daily follower of his rallies and news clips. Like many whom I've read comments from, I follow him with enormous interest and I look forward to the time that we can truly make our country great again.
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Trump's blueprint for America is certainly on the right track and there are specifics laid out here. America is facing some very serious problems. We need a tough leader who isn't a puppet for the special interest groups. Trump is using donors, as well as his own money to fund his campaign. Of course this does not sit well with the lobbyists and special interest groups looking to own the next President. The Washington Times reports the total debt stood at $10.6 when the president came into office and will hit $20 trillion as his term ends in 2017. And that number is going to go higher since the caps on spending, known as "sequestration," have been abandoned. So, with CLOSE to 20 trillion dollars in debt, it seems wise to have a strong business leader making the tough financial decisions for America. His views on trade are also right on the mark. America has made some really bad deals and Trump seems to know how to reverse that trend. Many are trying to label him a racist who is anti Muslim and anti Latino. Really? He wants to build a wall so people can come in legally. Heroin is a big problem in this country and it's flowing across the border taking the lives of countless Americans. Because of our huge debt, we cannot afford to keep letting everyone in. We can't pay for them and there's just not enough jobs. And when some commit crimes and kill innocent Americans (Google the stats) we deport them, only for them to return and do it again. We are going broke folks, we need to get our house in order and charity should begin at home! Since when is securing our borders racism? Those who think so should try crossing into Mexico illegally and see where that gets you. Securing our borders is protecting our lives and our economy. Our national security is at risk.Read more ›
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