There were many things going for Trump that swept him into office. His commitment to our veterans. His strong leadership and success in the business world. The fact that he wasn’t running for Obama’s third term.
But perhaps the thing that impressed Americans the most was his treatment of money. During the course of the primaries, he was entirely self-funded. He used his own cash to fund his campaign, taking no donations from rich entities that would later demand favors. It was one of the things that terrified the establishment so much. Without that one hook, many, many special interests and lobbyist have no leverage over the future president.
That’s not only thing that impressed Americans. While on the campaign trail, Trump promised he wouldn’t even take a dime as president of the United States.
From Donald Trump News:
President Trump has promised to do many things if he is elected as a president. And his first change may happen from the early beginning. As we know, the then-Republican presidential frontrunner declared he would forego a presidential salary of $400,000 if elected, and would not seek outside contributions to his campaign.
Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the 2016 race despite having no political experience, was asked at a town hall-style meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire, if, as president, he would roll back generous pension and healthcare benefits given to members of Congress.
“The first thing I’m going to do is tell you that if I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary, OK?” Trump said. “That’s no big deal for me. I won’t take even one dollar. I’m totally giving up my salary if I become president”.
He’s not the first president to do this. Other wealthy men who took the office donated their salary to charities, men like Hoover and Kennedy.
It was these impressive statements that convinced many Americans that Donald Trump wasn’t in this race for fame and glory, but to serve the American people.