On Nov. 8, we will know who the next president of the United States will be. Throughout this roller-coaster of an election, Republican nominee Donald Trump has emphasized how different he is from his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Daily Pennsylvanian decided to investigate. Here’s a list of all of the “firsts” Donald Trump would accomplish if he is elected.
1. First Penn graduate
Trump graduated from Wharton in 1968, after transferring to Penn from Fordham University in New York City. Until now, the only U.S. president from Penn has been William Henry Harrison, who attended Penn’s medical school for less than one semester in 1791 before dropping out.
2. First U.S. president with a Slavic spouse
Trump’s wife, Melania, was born to Slovenian parents in what was then Yugoslavia in southern Central Europe. Interestingly, Trump’s first ex-wife, Ivana Zelnickova, is also of Slavic descent.
3. First president with multiple divorces
Before marrying Melania in 2005, Trump was twice divorced. His first marriage to model and New York socialite Ivana Zelnickova, ended in a highly-publicized divorce in 1992. His second marriage to actress Marla Maples, whom Trump reportedly left his first wife for, ended in 1999.
Currently, Ronald Reagan holds the title for most-divorced U.S. president — with one divorce.
4. First U.S. president with a naturalized spouse
If Trump becomes president, his wife, Melania, would become the first U.S. First Lady who acquired U.S. citizenship by naturalization rather than by birth or descent. Melania Trump was naturalized in 2006, after receiving a green card in 2001 because of her professional work as a model.
However, Melania Trump would not be the only U.S. first lady born outside the United States. John Quincy Adams’ wife Louisa was born in London to an American father and British mother. As Louisa Adam’s father was a U.S. citizen, she had American nationality by descent.
5. First to win without the endorsement of any living U.S. presidents from his own party
As far as we can tell, every successful presidential candidate since George Washington has been endorsed by former presidents from their party. Trump, on the other hand, has not been endorsed by either of the two living Republican presidents, George W. Bush and his father George H. W. Bush. Some sources have even reported that George H. W. Bush may be voting for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Clinton has been endorsed by all three living Democratic presidents — Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.
6. First president to host Saturday Night Live
Trump has hosted two episodes of the famous late-night live television sketch comedy show, on April 3, 2004, and more recently on Nov. 5, 2015, with musical guest Sia. The 2015 episode, which took place a week after the CNBC Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colo., also featured Larry Davis in a sketch as former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
7. First president to write a children’s book (sort of)
During a Dec. 2015 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, host Jimmy Kimmel unveiled a Dr. Seuss-style children’s book that he had ghostwritten under Trump’s name. The book, titled "Winners Aren’t Losers," contained lines like “Now here are some frogs I don’t like at all. We must kick these frogs out and then build a wall!”
In May, Kimmel followed up with a second children’s book, “Winners Still Aren’t Losers,” also ghostwritten under Trump’s name.
8. First president to win the Worst Actor Award
In 1991, Trump was awarded the Golden Raspberry Award, popularly called the “Razzies,” for Worst Supporting Actor for his cameo in the comedy film "Ghosts Can’t Do It." As far as we know, Trump did not attend the awards ceremony to accept the award.
9. First president with an Emmy nomination
On the other hand, Trump’s reality television show "The Apprentice" was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2004 and 2005. "The Apprentice" lost both times to rival show "The Amazing Race." Nevertheless, Trump’s website refers to him as an “Emmy-nominated star and co-producer.”
10. First president with no prior political or military office
Virtually every U.S. president has been a governor, senator, Cabinet secretary, high-ranking U.S. military commander and/or vice president to a previous president before entering the Oval Office. In contrast, Trump’s entire campaign has centered on the fact that he has not served in any major established political position, elected or otherwise.
11. First president in 25 years to have sons
If Trump defeats Hillary Clinton, his sons Donald Jr., Eric, and Barron would become the first first sons since George H. W. Bush left office in 1992. In an interesting coincidence, the last three U.S. presidents have only daughters—Bill Clinton has one daughter, George W. Bush and Obama each have two .
12. First president with no American-born grandparents
Considering Trump’s policies cracking down on immigration, one might be surprised to find out that none of Trump’s own grandparents were native-born Americans. Trump’s paternal grandparents, builders Frederick and Elizabeth Christ Trump, were immigrants from southwestern Germany who settled permanently in the United States in 1905. Their second child, Fred Trump, inherited the family real estate business that would become the Trump Organization.
Trump’s maternal grandparents, Malcolm and Mary MacLeod, came from an island fishing village off the northwestern coast of Scotland. Their daughter, Trump’s mother Mary Anne MacLeod, immigrated to the United States from Scotland without her family in 1929.
While other U.S. presidents have been known for their immigrant roots, all had at least one pair of American-born grandparents. John F. Kennedy’s grandparents, for example, were actually second-generation Irish Americans born in and around Boston, while both of Barack Obama’s maternal grandparents were from Kansas.
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