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Donald Trump in Yiddish

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 28/03/2016 Lev Raphael

People have been using all sorts of juicy Yiddish expletives to describe Donald Trump, but there's a comical word in Yiddish, not widely known, that fits Trump to a "T." It's not vulgar, either, just profoundly sarcastic.
The word is "trumbenik," which The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten says comes from the Polish trÄ…bka (trumpet) and has a few definitions.
The most appropriate one is the first:

"A blowhard, a braggart, a blower of his own horn."
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Here's a quote from when he announced his candidacy:
And I have assets-- big accounting firm, one of the most highly respected-- $9 billion $240 million.
And I have liabilities of about $500 million. That's long-term debt, very low interest rates.
In fact, one of the big banks came to me and said, "Donald, you don't have enough borrowings. Could we loan you $4 billion?" I said, "I don't need it. I don't want it. And I've been there. I don't want it."
But in two seconds, they give me whatever I wanted. So I have a total net worth, and now with the increase, it'll be well over $10 billion. But here, a total net worth of--net worth, not assets, not--a net worth, after all debt, after all expenses, the greatest assets-- Trump Tower, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Bank of America building in San Francisco, 40 Wall Street, sometimes referred to as the Trump building right opposite the New York--many other places all over the world.
So the total is $8,737,540,00.
Now I'm not doing that...I'm not doing that to brag, because you know what? I don't have to brag. I don't have to, believe it or not.
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He doesn't have to, but Donald Trumbenik just can't stop, whether it's money or the size of his hands and his penis or the beauty of his wife or about anything that's his or what passes for his ideas.
At times he almost sounds like a figure from American folklore, spinning tall tales updated for the 24/7 media cycle. No wonder journalists didn't take him seriously when he started his campaign. Too bad he's for real.
Lev Raphael's thriller Assault With a Deadly Lie was a Midwest Book Award Finalist.

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