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Trump: An American Dream



Trump: An American Dream is a well-made account of an unusual ascent – review


Some  students of Donald Trump’s rhetoric say he used to have far greater lexical range. The proof was there in Trump: An American Dream (Channel 4). Back in the Eighties, he may not have had the best words but his articulacy was bigger than it is now.

However, what issued from his mouth was still a familiar stew of simmering toxins. “Is there anything you can’t have?” he was asked in an early interview. “I believe if you think you can’t have it,” he replied, “you probably can’t have it.”

Among the things Trump believed he could have – and eventually did get – was a multimillion-dollar tax break for building Trump Tower, a residential skyscraper exclusively populated by the super-rich. He called New York mayor Ed Koch a moron for refusing it. On television, he talked right over the woman from the New York City council who tried to present him with legal facts

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‘Trump: An American Dream’ Plays Like A Supervillain Origin Story



I was fully expecting to finish Netflix’s new documentary series ‘Trump: An American Dream,’ and walk away with a more positive outlook on the 45th President of America. I wanted to see the man beneath the caricature, to understand the reasoning behind the fervent admiration of his supporters.

Documentaries tend to humanize their subjects, even if they are painted in an unflattering light, and this series paints a grim picture indeed. Whether this is down to implicit bias on behalf of the filmmakers is open to debate, but one fact is clear – Trump wasn’t always like this. And by “this,” I mean a caricature of an aggressive businessman, the glittery, gold-plated showman who promises the moon and delivers Uranus.

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Netflix’s Trump: An American Dream Shows the President Has Always Been Like This


You probably don’t think you need more Trump in your life. The president’s words and face are omnipresent, from the early morning Twitter rants to the late-night talk shows. But if you can stomach a little more, the new documentary miniseries Trump: An American Dream is a fascinating look at how Trump became who he is today. (It’s also on Netflix.)

Trump is composed of four episodes. The first looks at his rise (with a leg up from his wealthy dad) in real estate in the ‘70s, the second on his casino-fueled stardom in the ‘80s, the third on his fall into tabloid fodder and near financial ruin in the ‘90s, and the last on political ambitions and reality show stardom of the last two decades. In every decade, Trump is the same as he ever was. From his earliest days, he’s full of bluster and seemingly singularly obsessed with wealth, power, and self-promotion. Everything he does is “going to be great for everybody” and “going to be a tremendous success.” If someone questions that, they’re villains to be attacked, bullied, or sued. “The news gets away with murder,” Trump spits out when his disastrous Taj Mahal casino venture was nearing bankruptcy. When the journalist asks gently about the finances, Trump pulls off his mic and walks away. “But we talked about this yesterday on the phone,” the reporter says meekly.

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