Donald Trump divides opinion. To some, he's a president-elect who isn't afraid to mock the disabled or hurl misogynistic insults at women he disagrees with. But to others, and there are a lot (over 60m, to be precise), he offered a much-needed change to a political establishment run by Washington elites. He spoke to voters on a human level and led them to believe that they had 'nothing to lose.' And in many ways, they didn't.
So there we have it. President Trump.
But while the media has no doubt been tough on the billionaire demagogue, there are reasons. Many, in fact. And while his opponent's credentials were equally as contentious, she won't be leading the country. So with that in mind, we've compiled ten facts reported on by the media about Donald Trump that will make you question his presidential credentials
1. He Believes Climate Change Is A 'Hoax' Created By The Chinese
While Republicans are less inclined to prioritise the issue of climate change, many are still of the belief that it is real, because most of the scientific community have proved humans are responsible for an overall rise in the Earth's temperature. But then again, Donald Trump isn't your average Republican, which was probably why he had little qualms in making the outrageous claim that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese.
In yet another example of pandering to the populist rhetoric of voters, Trump claimed there are fewer manufacturing jobs in America because the Chinese made a strategic decision to falsify climate change in the hope rival countries would shift their attention away from mass production and explore more environmentally-friendly but less lucrative strategies. To prove this, Trump, who denied he believed this in the second presidential debate, tweeted in 2012, 'The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.'
2. He Was A Registered Democrat Between The Years 2001 and 2009
One of the main criticisms people have of Trump is his unashamed visceral rhetoric, when in reality, he's likely to have made a calculated decision about everything he said in this election. Why? Because Trump was more concerned about winning on his terms as opposed to upholding the views within the two largest parties.
This is evident when you consider Trump's political affiliations over the years. Going back to 1987, Trump's first foray into politics saw him enrol as a Republican on the Board of Elections before briefly transferring to the Independence Party in 1999 after he contemplated mounting a presidential bid in 2000. Two years later, however, and he switched again, beginning an eight-year association with the Democrat's between 2001 and 2009. Many of his friends at the time were Democrats, after all, yet Donald knew that running as a Democrat would be impossible and probably realised that his arriviste persona would be better served on the Republican side.
3. Donald Trump Sued An Author For $5,000,000,000 Because He Claimed He Was A Millionaire Instead of a Billionaire
The property tycoon-turned-TV personality-turned-president-elect is believed to exaggerate his net-worth regularly and has claimed in the past that it can sometimes depend on his day-to-day feelings.
But while Trump has admitted this, he wasn't best pleased when an author chronicling his business life in a book titled 'TrumpNation: The Art of Being Donald' estimated his net worth to be between $150m and $250m so sued him for $5bn in a court of law. The case ruled in author Timothy O'Brien's favour, however, with the judge ruling that no 'actual malice' had been committed.
4. Donald Trump Has Been Sued Over 3,500 Times By Various People He Has Done Business With
USA Today journalists Nick Penzenstadler and Susan Page reported in 2016 that Donald Trump had been sued by various business affiliates, ranging from contractors, clients, employees and banks 3,5000 times- an unprecedented amount for a presidential nominee.
Most shockingly, 169 of those cases involved a federal court, but due to his unexpected election victory, Trump has already settled many claims, including a $25m payout to ex-Trump University students the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.described as "victims of his fraudulent University,"
The New York attorney also revealed to the Washington Post that $1m of the settlement would be paid as a penalty charge to the state of New York for violating their education laws by calling the now defunct branch of his company a 'University.'
5. Illegal Immigrants Constructed Part Of Trump Tower
Donald Trump always denied this, especially when one of his campaign's main election pledges was to deport illegal aliens. However, he wasn't fooling Hilary Clinton, who claimed in the final presidential debate that Donald "Used undocumented labour to build the Trump Tower. He underpaid undocumented workers, and when they complained, he basically said what a lot of employers do: ‘You complain, I'll get you deported.’
Likely getting her sources from various national newspapers, Time magazine claimed Trump wanted Polish workers after seeing them work on a nearby project before then threatening to have them deported when it came to paying their wages. Other projects where Donald supposedly sought the help of illegal workers included the development of a luxury hotel in Washington, many of whom were interviewed by The Washington Post in 2015 in regards to their involvement.
How much Donald knew about their participation can't be fully proven, but it is confirmed that illegal workers once helped with Trump Tower's construction, regardless of how much he knew about them.
6. He Claims He Has Never Used An ATM
The cantankerous presidential-elect likes to see himself as someone that can represent the interests of everyone as opposed to an elite few, which is rich (excuse the awful pun) coming from someone who has never used an ATM before.
Yes, when on the Conan O'Brien show, he admitted to never having used one. Talk about being out of touch!
7. He Gave His Teacher A Black Eye
According to the man himself, he punched his music teacher in the eye in the second grade because he thought little Donald didn't know anything about music.
Recalling the incident in his bestselling book, 'The Art of the Deal', Trump wrote, "In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye — I punched my music teacher because I didn't think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled."
However, Charles Walker, the teacher for whom Trump supposedly punched, said he had no recollection of the incident but was adamant about one thing. "When that kid was 10, even then, he was a little s**t."
8. He Referred To A Mother Breast Pumping Her Child As 'Disgusting"
During court proceedings for, yep, you guessed it, another person suing him, Donald didn't take too kindly to an opposing lawyer's request for a break so she could breast pump her three-month-old daughter.
According to The New York Times, Elizabeth Beck, an attorney representing clients who claimed they lost hundreds of thousands from a failed Flordia real estate deal, requested a medical break to feed her child, a request Donald Trump and his lawyers contested. It was then that she showed him her breast pump to prove that the matter was urgent, leading Donald to look at the mother and say, "You're disgusting."
9. His Father's 'Small Loan' Was Actually Quite Big
The 70-year-old proudly states that he is a self-made billionaire, but the truth of the matter is that he got a lot of backing along the way, rather than only being handed a 'small loan.'
In fact, when Fred. C. Trump died in 1999; the New York Times estimated that his wealth was between $250m and $300m, more than enough to give his aspiring son an interest-free loan of $1m.
10. A Bout Of Bad Behaviour In His Teens Saw Him Sent To Military School
We've mentioned that he didn't take too kindly to his music teacher telling him his music taste wasn't any good, but his infantile ways continued well into his teens, leaving his parents with little choice but to send Donald to the New York Military Academy.
Excelling academically, his military involvement wasn't as decorated, and after four draft deferments during the Vietnam War, Trump was given a medical disqualification due to bone spurs.