Norman Vincent Peale – The men who made Donald Trump; ongoing series

Norman Vincent Peale was one of the better influences in Donald Trump’s life, though now his children do not want them to be associated at all…

Norman Vincent Peale was born just before the end of the 19th century, raised as a Methodist and eventually became a minister in 1922; changing to the Reformed Church in America 10 years later.

In 1952, he published “The Power of Positive Thinking” which is his most widely read book, and where most have heard his name. The mental health community criticised him heavily for this text, and he lost a few colleagues , notably Smiley Blanton who had worked with Norman for many years at their institute, and previously written a book together; “Faith is the Answer”.

Close to President Nixon, he officiated at the wedding of Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower in 1968. He stayed with Richard Nixon’s administration through the Watergate crisis stating:

“Christ didn’t shy away from people in trouble.” He veered away from politics after making some anti-catholic remarks during the early days of John Kennedy’s Presidential Campaign.

Peale was a 33° Scottish Rite Freemason – the highest publicly known rank.

Fred and Mary Trump had their son Donald baptised at his church in the 1970’s, though they weren’t regular members of his church…

Peale’s own children do not like the fact that Donald Trump is continually referring to the minister. Taking special umbrage that Trump seems to suggest that the Norman emphasised that;

“material success, and that was not the main characteristic of his ministry”. – John Peale, describing himself as a Democrat and that “The significant character of Dad’s ministry is a sincere desire to help people”.

Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” borrows a little of the title “The Art of Living” by Norman V Peale.

Much of Donald’s “cheerful” mannerisms while speaking in public are observed to be similar to Peale’s style, too. They also both used the modern media on all levels for self promotion, though for wildly differing motives. His biography is titled “God’s Salesman”.

Trump however had taken on another persona for his Dark side, from Roy Cohn. Peale was not known for attacking people, or yelling.

Trump and his first wife, Ivana, with Ruth and Norman Vincent Peale at Rev. Peale’s 90th birthday party in New York on May 26, 1988. Trump hosted the event at the Waldorf-Astoria. (Ron Galella/WireImage)

Trump hosted Peale’s 90th birthday party event at the Waldorf Astoria, where he presented him with a painting; John Peale, Norman’s son recalls with mirth that Donald “made some remarks that were particularly inane. He repeatedly said, ‘This is a very great painting,’ as if he didn’t know anything else to say about the painting,”

John Peale is now following the Trump campaign with despair, and wishes that there was no association. He does not respect Donald Trumps intelligence at all, and is upset that his father is linked to the Trump name at all. He became more outspoken when the media began reporting on their association.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, seen here with his wife, Ruth, during a lecture tour of Australia, was a fore­father of the self-help movement. (The Straits Times/via AP)

U.S. President Bill Clinton – “The name of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale will forever be associated with the wondrously American values of optimism and service. Dr. Peale was an optimist who believed that, whatever the antagonisms and complexities of modern life brought us, anyone could prevail by approaching life with a simple sense of faith. And he served us by instilling that optimism in every Christian and every other person who came in contact with his writings or his hopeful soul. In a productive and giving life that spanned the 20th century, Dr. Peale lifted the spirits of millions and millions of people who were nourished and sustained by his example, his teaching, and his giving. While the Clinton family and all Americans mourn his loss, there is some poetry in his passing on a day when the world celebrates the birth of Christ, an idea that was central to Dr. Peale’s message and Dr. Peale’s work. He will be missed”


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