Donald Trump has hardly been the recipient of good press since announcing that he would be running for President in 2016.
While some would attest that he has brought a lot of the bad press on himself, it doesn’t seem to be affecting him in the polls any.
He continues to be the Republican frontrunner in spite of having clear and outspoken differences with his party and several rather open admissions that an Independent run isn’t completely off the table.
But as Donald Trump the media pariah continues to do battle with his fellow party and opposing candidates like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, there is a heartwarming tale involving the real estate tycoon that may lead you to think differently about him.
In 1986, a third-generation Georgia farmer named Lenard Dozier Hill III committed suicide.
— Tammy (@trumpy17) December 27, 2015
Faced with foreclosure on his family farm, his daughter revealed in comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hill took his life thinking the life insurance policies he had would pay the family out of debt.
Unfortunately, he didn’t realize that most policies — including the ones he possessed — refuse to pay out if the holder commits suicide.
Hill left his widow with the added burden of trying to find $300,000 in order to keep the property.
Wealthy Atlanta businessman Frank Argenbright, who spearheaded a previous effort to save a destitute farmer’s property, stepped in to help out.
He led an effort to draw attention to the impending foreclosure, and that effort found its way to Ivana Trump, Donald’s then-wife, who brought it to his attention.
Reporter Jim Galloway explains what happened next.
“The magnate summoned Argenbright and the Hills to New York. After a brief interview, Trump signed onto the cause.”
“Accounts of what followed differ. In his book ‘The Art of the Deal,’Trump wrote that, in a phone call, he twisted the arm of a vice president of the Georgia bank that held the Hill mortgage.”
“I said to the guy, ‘You listen to me. If you do foreclose, I’ll bring a lawsuit for murder against you and your bank, on the grounds that you harassed Mrs. Hill’s husband to his death.’ All of a sudden, the banker sounded very nervous and said he’d get right back to me. Sometimes it pays to be a little wild,’ Trump wrote.”
In addition to the pressure that Donald Trump put on the bankers, he also chipped in $20,000 to delay the foreclosure and worked alongside Argenbright to raise funds for the family.
In the end, Donald Trump paid out an additional $78,000 to come up with the difference, and according to both Argenbright and Sharp, he remained in touch with the family to make sure they were doing well long after the ordeal.
Sharp, now 49, said that at the time she had “just graduated from high school” when Trump “flew us to New York, and we went to Trump Towers and had breakfast with him.”
She added that the family saw “a whole different side of him that was kindhearted, to reach out to us, to help us. Most people don’t know and see that side.”
Argenbright told the AJC that Donald Trump “couldn’t have been nicer.”
“He took care of them and stayed in touch with them after that,” he said, adding there was “no ulterior motive.”
Of course, there may have been no ulterior motive at the time, but leave it to candidate Donald Trump to find one now. He shared the story on his Facebook page Saturday, garnering more than 7,200 shares, 62,000 likes, and 2,500 comments (and counting).
Still, publicity hound or not, what Donald Trump did for this family was undeniably cool. Is it possible America would get this version of Trump as President?