We may disagree on what is in the best interest of the United States. However, at the core, what we’re all looking for in a President is a person we can trust to have our best interests at heart to the best of his or her ability. But words are just words – how can we tell who is honest and who is acting? Whose fundamental beliefs and way of being reflect an investment in making the world a better place?
It’s what people do when you’re not looking that tells you the most about who they are. Because children are, at least in part, a product of their parents, one hint at how people act over time and in private is the way their children choose to conduct themselves in the world.
In the Trump and Clinton children, we have two families who, in different ways and for different reasons, were born into wealth and prestige. Neither chose the family they were born into, but Chelsea and the Trump children have chosen very different avenues to invest their family resources.
Because Trump’s son Barron is 10 years old, his beliefs and actions and choices are those of a child and should be left to develop without scrutiny. However, the other Trump children are adults and as such are accountable for their actions.
Let’s start with the Trump brothers’ 2012 kill safari in Africa. Photos show brothers Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump smiling while holding a dead leopard. Another photo shows Trump Jr. holding the severed tail of an elephant he shot. On this “hunt” (on which they were conveyed to shooting positions by a guide in a Land Rover), they also shot water buffalo, crocodiles, kudu and more. Unless you’re getting in a ring with these creatures armed with a knife and then using them to feed your family, killing these animals is soulless. However, the point of this article is not to condemn canned hunts. The point is that this is how the Trump brothers choose to spend their time. (When they’re not granting radio interviews to prominent white supremacists.)
Tiffany Trump, daughter with Marla Maples, is largely a socialite. Named after the store, Tiffany includes herself in a group self-styled The Rich Kids of Instagram. Despite attending the family school, University of Pennsylvania (alma mater of her father, Donald Jr. and Ivanka), she has avoided professional responsibilities. She may, however, reflect the lack of a father, rather than reflecting her father. Maples has said that she raised Tiffany as a single parent, with Trump’s support as a provider but almost entirely without his involvement.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of Ivana, attended U. Penn and in addition to joining the Trump family business and appearing on The Apprentice, has also started the Ivanka Trump Lifestyle Collection, which includes footwear, handbags, fragrances and eyewear. At InvakaTrump.com, pages include Style, Work, Home, Play, Travel and Wise Words. A search for “philanthropy” turn up two posts, neither of which is about Ivanka’s philanthropic involvement. She is undoubtedly very busy building her brand.
Chelsea Clinton, like the Trump children, did not choose her wealth and privilege. She is a member of the Board at the School of American Ballet, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Common Sense Media, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Weill Cornell Medical College and IAC/InterActiveCorp. With security and opportunity at her disposal, Chelsea has chosen time and time again to contribute herself wholeheartedly and full force to philanthropic efforts, from well before her mother became the presumptive Democratic nominee for President.
Again, the point of this post is not to demonize the Trump children or lionize Chelsea, but to point out that from these children we can learn about the parents. When your parent or other caregiver has spent significant amount of time raising you, you are both influenced and impacted by how they think, conduct themselves in the world, what they do, what their stance is on things. Depending on the relationship you have with your primary caregiver, you can either be pulled to emulate their example or pushed in the opposite direction. Either way, there is a deep impact.
The Trump children’s main goal has been self-indulgence. Chelsea, form the start, have been moving in directions that have put her in a position that can better the United States and better the world. All we can gather from the Trump children is that members of the family have a genuine interest in bettering themselves.