Who is the private man behind the bombastic egoistical public persona?
Exactly the same say those who know him.
His rise from real estate to reality TV to presidential candidate is testament to the power of positive thinking.
‘Apparently somebody’s job responsibility is to find all this stuff and to organise it for him to read. I can only conclude that Donald loves reading about Donald’.
Donald loves reading about Donald.
He has according to many who know him – study him or write about him made Donald his life’s work.
Now he is seeking to perfect his masterpiece.
His Jovian self-belief helped him sweep aside 16 rivals including governors and senators to become the first non-politician in decades to win a major party’s nomination for president.
Barring a spectacular rebellion the billionaire tycoon’s coronation will take place next week at the Republican convention in Cleveland ahead of what could be the ugliest election fight ever against Hillary Clinton.
How Donald Trump got to this once unthinkable, preposterous height is a story of immigrant ancestors working hard and making good – of hustling and hucksterism – of show business and showmanship – of success and celebrity – of bending the truth and branding the enemy – of a particular interpretation of ‘the pursuit of happiness’.
It is also a story of monumental ego undented by self-doubt.
Trump’s swagger – eager to establish himself as the alpha male in the room – is said to be matched only by his lack of introspection.