A 5th Grader nailed Donald Trump when the billionaire decided to be a “principal for a day.” Trump headed to an inner-city Bronx neighborhood in the city where he was born, but he ended up doing principal duty for only two hours at Public School [PS] 70.
The chess team kids were holding a bake sale to help finance the school’s championship team’s trip to the national finals in Knoxville, Tenn. in 1997, and they were a few thousand dollars short for their adventure.
So, Trump dropped a $1 million bill into the bake sale’s treasure, a fake million dollar bill. That gesture is consistent with Trump’s miniscule donations to charity.
The chess teacher David MacEnulty spoke about Trump’s boorish joke:
‘Mr. Trump’s visit generated fabulous publicity.’
“Appalled and embarrassed to be a member of the same species as Trump,” people flooded PS 70 with donations, according to the NY Daily News. MacEnulty spoke about the donations:
‘One woman called and offered $2,000. Another person pledged $5,000. Another just gave $500, and someone else, $125. I just got off the phone with a woman who is getting a group of her friends together to help us. When people know their money is going to do some good, they are very eager to give.’
‘Mr. Trump actually gave us $200 for the trip, and we are very grateful for his contribution. And we had received some marvelous support before he came. But it was the story of his visit that pushed us over the top.’
Trump has a history of being tight with donations. At PS 70, Trump believed that the kids would be impressed, when he raffled of 15 coupons redeemable for tennis shoes at the Nike store in Trump Tower. Trump cracked that his building was “the inner city called 57th and Fifth.” Again, not funny.
An 11-year-old fifth-grader Andres Rodriquez asked the real estate mogul:
‘Why did you offer us sneakers if you could give us scholarships?’
Ever paranoid, Trump demanded who instructed Andres to ask the question. The boy responded:
‘No one. I asked because school is more important than sneakers.But he [Trump] didn’t really answer.’
Eugenio Tavares, Jr. also won a pair of the shoes. He told his father:
‘He said we were going to have to go on a bus to get them.’
When his father asked “Who said that?” his son replied:
The father, not the least interested in the billionaire’s dramas asked, “Who is Trump?”
The presumed Republican nominee for president thought his vouchers for sneakers would impress 300 fifth-graders, but what is most pathetic is that he felt the need to impress a crowd of 11-year-olds.
Trump planned to take the winners in his limo, not a bus. Karen Young’s daughter won one pair of the Trump Tower inner-city sneakers, and the mother said:
‘The kids were saying the car was “buttah.” That’s the new slang word for things they like, “buttah.” But they didn’t like that he left before noon, when he was supposed to be here all day. “
The chess teacher said:
‘Andres is not a member of the chess team, although he sounds as if he is natural at critical thinking. The whole point is to think before you move.”
People understand how cheap Trump is, so the question becomes, will that weakness carry over into his plans for their future?