In my previous post, I gave an explanation that I had not seen for Donald Trump's success: "Maybe the other candidates aren't that good." Bush, Christie, Huckabee, and Kasich were good governors who have had a year now to make their case to Republicans. These are not nobodies. Two had Fox News shows, one represents a Republican dynasty, and Chris Christie is very well-known. They all trail Doctor Ben Carson, who is a bumbling candidate who was not well-known a year ago.
But let us not discount The Donald. He is a man of the people. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an online post recounted an overlooked story from December 23, 1986, when the widow and children of Lenard Dozier Hill III of Burke County, Georgia, burned their mortgage at Trump Tower in New York City as guests of The Donald and his first wife, Ivana.
Hill had committed suicide on February 4, 1986, in a vain and foolish attempt to pay off his mortgage through life insurance policies. Of course, they do not pay off for suicides. The bank foreclosed. Banks were foreclosing on family farms all over the South and Midwest. Willie Nelson organized Farm Aid concerts, but he couldn't save all of them.
The Hill story struck home. Touched by the national news stories about the Hills, Trump called Frank Argenbright, a wealthy Atlantan who had saved the farm of Oscar Lorick. Argenbright. Trump flew Argenbright and the Hills to Trump Tower to work out a plan. Then Trump called a bank vice president. From Trump's book, “The Art of the Deal”:
“I said to the guy, ‘You listen to me. If you do foreclose, I’ll bring a lawsuit for murder against you and your bank, on the grounds that you harassed Mrs. Hill’s husband to his death.’ All of a sudden, the banker sounded very nervous and said he’d get right back to me. Sometimes it pays to be a little wild.”Trump organized a fund to pay off the mortgage, and two days before Christmas 1986, the Hill family had a mortgage burning. Hill's daughter, Betsy Sharp, told the AJC: “I had just graduated from high school. He flew us to New York, and we went to Trump Towers and had breakfast with him. 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.”
People may say, well that is just one farm saved and he's rich.
But what farm did Hillary Clinton save? Bernie Sanders? Jeb Bush? Chris Christie? For all his bravado -- his billions -- his ego, Donald John Trump is a man of the people.
By the way, Sharp's brother runs the farm now, the fourth-generation farmer on that land.