A 1991 feature in Spy magazine summed him up with the headline, "How to Fool All of the People, All of the Time: How Donald Trump Fooled the Media, Used the Media to Fool the Banks, Used the Banks to Fool the Bondholders, and Used the Bondholders to Pay for the Yachts and Mansions and Mistresses." "The Apprentice" made Trump a national pop-culture figure way beyond New York tabloids and glossy magazines, but more importantly, it promoted a different view of Trump: a confident but measured businessman who knew how to spot a good deal and foster success, and when to cut someone loose with a simple, "You're fired." I recently rewatched the very first episode of "The Apprentice." Seen in retrospect, it almost looks like a roadmap for Trump's campaign strategy in 2016.
This account was confirmed by Cedric Bello, another contestant who was in the suite at the time.
"My name is Donald Trump, and I'm the largest real estate developer in New York," he tells the camera from the back of a limo. The claim, often made by Trump, has been widely debunked.
"He's a dear friend of mine, but it wouldn't be accurate for him to say that,'' Richard S.
I'd argue it's even the principal reason he's been able to become the Republican nominee for president.
Of course, Trump was famous long before "The Apprentice," as a colorful New York City real-estate figure, one who was known at least as much for his failures, extravagant lifestyle, eccentric behavior, and checkered romantic history as for his accumulated assets.
actually start in the backseat of a car and develop from there.