Donald Trump. The name alone probably sparks a reaction. But this column isn't about politics, at least not in the main. Instead, it's about fatherhood--Trump style.
A lot of this campaign has been about words: Trump's slogans, for example, and how part of Hillary Clinton's strategy has been simply to use his own words against him.
Some of comments, you probably know. Others will come as a surprise. Either way, whether you support Trump for president or think he's a clear and present danger to our way of life (is anyone really undecided about him, even four-plus months before the election?) I think you'll gain a little more insight into who he is, at core.
So with Father's Day coming up, here are the 17 most illuminating quotes I could find about Trump, his family, and fatherhood.
1. On how his father got him started in business
"It has not been easy for me, it has not been easy for me. And you know I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars."
--Donald Trump, October 26, 2015
2. His late father's advice
"I always tell Donald, 'The elevator to success is out of order. Go one step at a time. But what do you think of what my Donald has put together? It boggles the mind!"
--the late Fred Trump, 1977
3. His late father's advice (part 2)
"Even my father he said you don't want to go to Manhattan. That's not our territory."
--Donald Trump (his father's real estate investments were largely in Brooklyn and Queens)
4. On his memory of his late mother
"My mother had a sense of the grand. I can remember her watching the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and being so fascinated by it. My father had no interest in that kind of thing at all."
5. On his suspicions about Senator Ted Cruz's father
"His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being -- you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. ... They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it. I mean, what was he doing -- what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It's horrible."
--Donald Trump, describing the father of his then-rival, Sen. Ted Cruz
6. On his son's view of him at age 12
"How can you say you love us? You don't love us! You don't even love yourself. You just love your money."
-- Donald Trump Jr., then 12 years old, as reported in a Vanity Fair
7. His daughter's view of his views on women
"I've known my father obviously my whole life and he has total respect for women. He was promoting women in development and construction at a time when it was unheard of. There was no trend towards equality in the real estate and construction industry back in the 1980s. And he was doing it because he believes ultimately in merit."
-- Ivanaka Trump, responding to a New York Times article earlier this year, Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private
8. His namesake, on going into the family business
"I knew that it was something I wanted. I was following my dad around from a young age. I don't know if it's genetic, or just because I was surrounded by it, but I was always fascinated with building and construction and development. I guess I just wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision."
--Donald Trump Jr.
9. His namesake again, on what it was like during his parents' divorce
"My father is a very hardworking guy, and that's his focus in life, so I got a lot of the paternal attention that a boy wants and needs from my grandfather."
--Donald Trump Jr., discussing the years he lived with his mother, Ivana Trump, after his parents' divorce. ("He says this without a trace of bitterness.")
10. On his competitiveness, according to his daughter
"We were sort of bred to be competitive," says Ivanka. "Dad encourages it. I remember skiing with him and we were racing. I was ahead, and he reached his ski pole out and pulled me back."
11. On his competitiveness, according to his son
"He would try to push me over, just so he could beat his 10-year-old son down the mountain."
--Eric Trump, same interview ("laugh[ing]" according to the writer)
12. His self-assessment of his performance as a father
"I'll tell you what I've learned: Children are tough. Much tougher than people think. ... I'm a really good father, but not a really good husband. You've probably figured out my children really like me--love me--a lot. It's hard when somebody walks into the living room of Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and this is supposed to be, like, a normal life. But they're very grounded and very solid. The hardest thing for me about raising kids has been finding the time. I know friends who leave their business so they can spend more time with their children, and I say, 'Gimme a break!' My children could not love me more if I spent fifteen times more time with them."
13. On what it was like to grow up as Donald Trump's child
"It wasn't a typical 'let's go play catch in the backyard' sort of father-son relationship. We always went to job sites with him. We'd be in his office playing with trucks as a six-year-old while he's negotiating deals with presidents of major companies."
--Donald Trump Jr., interviewed by Anderson Cooper earlier this year.
14. On what it was like to grow up as Donald Trump's child (part 2)
"In a way, [my brother, Donald Jr.] raised me. My father, I love and I appreciate, but he always worked 24 hours a day."
--Eric Trump, 2006
15. On what it was like to grow up as Donald Trump's child (part 3)
"We've all made peace with the fact that we will never be able to achieve any level of autonomy. No matter how different a career path we choose from our parents, people will always say we wouldn't have gotten there if it hadn't been for our name. And in the end, there's no way to tell if that's true or not. Maybe it's not the worst thing for people not to see you coming. If people want to underestimate me, I'm fine with that."
16. On the brand value of having the last name "Trump"
"The Apprentice has been excellent for my dad. Before, there was always that kind of corporate, Napoleonic evilness to Donald Trump. Now people see him interacting with normal--barely normal--individuals, and it's like, 'Wait a second. He's a regular guy!' ... Beyond all of that, it has been great for the brand, and ultimately, that is something that's very important to all of us."
17. On his family (especially his children)
"I want to start by, as always, thanking my family. My kids, they're not kids anymore, but they're kids as far as I'm concerned. They'll always be my kids."
--Donald Trump, after winning the Indiana primary earlier this year.