According to an investigation by the conservative National Review Online, businessman and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has not voted in the last six presidential elections.
Trump, who announced his campaign to run for the top spot on the GOP ticket in the 2016 election a week ago doesn't seem to have a lot of fans at National Review, which previously featured a piece describing Trump's announcement under the headline: "Witless Ape Rides Escalator."
An investigation by Jillian Kay Melchior of Trump's voting record shows that the self-promoting businessman hasn't found his way to the polls for the last six election cycles, including 2000 and 2004, years in which he floated his own name as a possible presidential contender.
Despite not exercising his right to vote, Trump has a history of exhorting others to show up at the polls and make their voice heard, once tweeting in 2012: “I will be watching the GOP primary results very closely. We need the right candidate to beat @BarackObama.”
While Trump is running as a Republican, the New York businessman has been quite generous with contributions to the Democratic Party, writing checks for $476,000 to Democratic candidates and committees -- compared to $452,000 to Republicans.
Conservatives are leery of Trump's candidacy, with some believing he is using the electoral process to promote himself and financial holdings, including hotels and office buildings.
According to former Village Voice journalist Wayne Barrett, author of Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, “He’s become the celebrity blowhard of America -- a Kardashian without the cleavage. And that’s what he is: He sells his name. This race will enlarge his name. That’s why he’s running.”