“I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great on The Donahue Show. As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics, and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!”
— Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, December 21, 1987
The silk-tied real-estate tycoon whom Pat Nixon witnessed on NBC the afternoon of December 14, 1987, is in most ways the same self-promoting, sarcastic, brashly populist force that voters see today. At 41 years of age, Trump was at the height of his real-estate success — “no one …
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