Tweetstorm Explains How Donald Trump Amassed His Questionable Fortune

October 4th 2016

Almie Rose

If there's one thing Donald Trump has made clear throughout this election, it's that he has lots of money.

Much of Trump's campaign is based on his assertion that he's a wildly successful and wealthy businessman, so it makes sense to take a closer look as to how he amassed his fortune.

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Author and television host Joy Reid broke down the secret to Trump's success in a series of tweets that have picked up some serious steam.

The tweets.

In short?

Regardless of whether you like or agree with Reid, there are facts here.

Trump did indeed receive an inheritance of millions from his father, though the exact number is unknown, as Trump won't release his tax returns.

The New York Times reported that Trump's father "divided the bulk of the inheritance, at least $20 million, among his children and their descendants, 'other than my son Fred C. Trump Jr.'" and that Trump already had money from his father before his death.

The point is that Trump certainly did not start with nothing. Even if Trump started with "only $1 million," as he claimed in the one of the many GOP debates (in March) to Cruz's accusation of inheriting $100 million, that is still a significant amount of money to the majority of Americans and a solid foundation for growth.

Did Trump refuse to pay workers?

Reid tweeted that Trump "stiffed contractors and workers, refusing to pay." USA Today reported in June:

"At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work."

These lawsuits were filed by various workers, including a dishwasher, a real estate broker, a plumber, and some painters, among others.

In an interview with USA Today, Trump responded to the lawsuits:

"Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely. That’s what the country should be doing."

Some of these lawsuits were settled, such as the case with the dishwasher. Trump also settled with 48 servers from his Miami golf resort, according to USA Today, despite Trump's claims that he "doesn't settle." Other plaintiffs have given up on their lawsuits against Trump. Some of the suits are still pending.

Reid's tweets certainly struck a nerve with Twitter users, who have retweeted her thousands of times, and sparked discussion about the prospect of a Trump presidency.

ATTN: has reached out to the Trump campaign to comment on Joy Reid's tweets. We'll update this story when we receive a response.