The Making of Donald Trump

Aug 9, 2016

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, David Cay Johnston, whose latest book The Making of Donald Trump culminates nearly 30 years of reporting on the media mogul and reality TV start turned presidential candidate. 

“People should know that this man… He doesn’t know anything. He is closely associated with lots of criminals, that his business practices as measured by Fortune magazine and his court record are abominable, that he has a long history of promoting violence against people,” says Johnston. “And if that’s who you think should be the president of the U.S, if that’s the guy who you want to have his finger on the nuclear button, then vote for him; but you should know who he is.”

In this interview, Johnston delves into the the origins of Trump's family’s real estate fortune, his business empire, his education and early career, and his whirlwind presidential bid.