No nightclub had as debauched a reputation as Studio 54 in the Manhattan of the late Seventies. Film stars, financiers, mobsters and politicians were all welcome to indulge in a hazy wonderland of money, drugs and sex.
And for one young man — obsessed with pursuing beautiful women and becoming super-rich — the club was his mecca.
‘I would watch supermodels getting screwed, well-known supermodels getting screwed, on a bench in the middle of the room,’ he recalled breathlessly. ‘There were seven of them and each one was getting screwed by a different guy.’
He later claimed he slept with so many women in those heady years that the danger he faced of getting Aids or other sexually transmitted diseases was his ‘personal Vietnam’.
That man was Donald Trump, the rapacious and unashamedly vulgar property tycoon who has astonishingly won over conservative America and who may yet become head of state, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Leader of the Free World.
Many dismiss him as a bigot, buffoon, liar and misogynist. Others counter that he is honest, incorruptible (thanks to his wealth) and inspirational. If — as is almost inevitable — he faces Hillary Clinton in a final battle for the White House, it will surely live up to its advance billing as the ‘showdown of the century’.
No one — not even Trump, it is said — dreamed he would get this far. But the dazzling speed of his ascent has obscured the real story about a man who has been accused of raping his own wife, molesting and bullying women, fraternising with mafiosi and employing unscrupulous and racist dirty tricks in business.
According to his official biography: ‘Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story.’
While many question how successful he really is, Trump is certainly not a self-made man. The brash, pugnacious 69-year-old tycoon and reality TV star was the fourth of five children of one of New York’s most successful property developers, multi-millionaire Fred Trump and his Scottish-born wife, Mary.
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