The internet reacts to Donald Trump and his 'small loan' of up to $14m


It's Sunday night towards the end of the month, the weekend is singing its final swansong - and you're skint. And the electric bill needs paying. Time for a quick pay-day loan from Dad.

Sound familiar? Well spare a moment's reflection for Donald Trump, whose parental borrowing fluctuates anywhere between $1m and $14m, depending on your source.

Trump next to a helicopter bearing his name in March 1988 (WILBUR FUNCHES/AP)

Last night's television debate between Trump and his opposing Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, saw a bitter exchange of words as each accused the other of continual deceit of the American public - including with reference to Trump's borrowing from his father.

If you're speaking to the man himself, he's likely to say that early loan, which propelled him into success as a property tycoon, was closer to the $1m mark. Last night, he confined the figure to a nondescript sum that he simply described as "very, very low". And the internet reacted.

Others put that figure far higher up the scale. Even the painstaking detail of an article by The Washington Post in March found the exact figure to be elusive, although it did conclude that the $1m figure could only be correct if you ignored every other loan that Trump took from his father since.

A further report from The Wall Street Journal puts the figure closer to $14m after a succession of loans from his father and father's properties.

It isn't the only confounding figure to follow Trump's campaign. Many, including Hillary Clinton, have repeatedly called on Trump to release his tax returns to show exactly how much he has earned in the past year. Trump has repeatedly refused, offering a variety of reasons, from a continuing audit denying him from doing so, to the fact that it is "against my lawyer's wishes".

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Political analysts generally placed Clinton on top after last night's debate (David Goldman/AP)

Others who have placed less emphasis on money as a marker of success may have avoided some of the trickier questions that Trump has been dogged by in recent months - but then Trump just wouldn't be Trump if he didn't shout about his financial prowess at quite such a regular and alarming volume.

If the exact loan figure proves to be as elusive as Mr Trump's tax returns we may have a while to wait before we find out what it is, but one thing's for sure - people aren't buying it.