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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Candidate Trump, Today and 22 Years Ago



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The Des Moines Register:

A senior aide to billionaire Donald Trump arrived in Iowa today to meet with Republican officials and activists and seek input about his effort to draft the real estate magnate and reality television star to run for president. But that aide, Michael Cohen, said the draft effort was independent from his role working for Trump, despite using one of Trump’s private aircraft to travel to Iowa. Cohen is executive vice president of The Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump. He is also is a co-founder of ShouldTrumpRun.com, a website formed to gauge interest in a 2012 bid for the Republican. Cohen said Monday the website had drawn more than 500,000 supporters.

Hey, Donald, if this guy isn’t doing this on your behalf, he hijacked your jet.

Donald Trump’s quadrennial flirtations with the presidency go back further than I thought; I came across this chart in the long-departed Spy magazine, in their February 1988 issue:

The font is small, but Trump is listed as the 8th-most-likely Republican presidential candidate, at 100 to 1 odds, described as “The last (place) tycoon” and credited with “showing fund-raising strength” but also “personality questions.”

A lot has changed in 22 years or so, huh?


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