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FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump Say Republicans Are the “Dumbest

The below-reproduced picture and quote attributed to Donald Trump started showing in our inbox in mid-October 2015. The format is definitely recognizable as one whereby questionable or offensive phrases are attributed to the person pictured, and on this case picture claims that Donald Trump made the next assertion in a 1998 interview with Folks journal: 


Regardless of Folks‘s complete on-line content material archive, we discovered no interview or profile on Donald Trump in 1998 (or some other time) that quoted his saying something that even vaguely resembled the phrases on this meme. Trump appeared considerably often within the journal’s pages earlier than he got here to star on The Apprentice, however the bulk of the journal’s celebrity-driven protection of him again then centered on his marriages to, and divorces from, Ivana Trump and Marla Maples.

Trump’s political endeavors (or the absence of them) did price some house on the journal’s pages, although. For instance, a December 1987 profile titled “Too Darn Wealthy” chronicled Trump’s later claims that he had been courted by each Democrats and Republicans:

Home Speaker Jim Wright led a delegation to Trump’s workplace asking him to chair a significant fund-raising occasion for the Democratic Celebration. Trump is a Republican however gave the invitation critical consideration earlier than bowing to strain from GOP associates and turning down his Democratic suitors. Beryl Anthony Jr., the Arkansas Congressman who got here up with the strategy to Trump, was dissatisfied. “There’s no query he was getting loads of strain from the Republicans,” Anthony instructed a reporter. “It could have given him the chance to see if his temperament is enough, if he may stand the scrutiny.”

In 1988, Trump launched into an impassioned political diatribe on Oprah Winfrey’s daytime discuss present, however he concluded by saying he “in all probability” wouldn’t [ever] run for workplace. In 1998 (the 12 months the quote in query purportedly appeared in Folks), Trump’s political involvement was considerably in another way oriented:

“My info is that Donald Trump has raised within the ballpark of $1 million for the Bush marketing campaign and the Republican Celebration,” mentioned Sen. Steven Geller, president of the Nationwide Council of Legislators from Gaming States.

“I’ve heard from too many sources, together with Republican lobbyists, that though Mr. Bush is denying it, the deal [to allow Indian casinos in Florida) has been cut,” Geller said.

By October 1999, Trump had become more serious about dipping his toes in political waters. Announcing on CNN’s Larry King Live that he was forming an exploratory committee with the intention of running for president, Trump said:

I’m a registered Republican. I’m a pretty conservative guy. I’m somewhat liberal on social issues, especially health care, et cetera, but I’d be leaving another party, and I’ve been close to that party … I think that nobody is really hitting it right. The Democrats are too far left. I mean, Bill Bradley, this is seriously left; he’s trying to come a little more center, but he’s seriously left. The Republicans are too far right. And I don’t think anybody’s hitting the chord, not the chord that I want hear, and not the chord that other people want to hear, and I’ve seen it.

At around the same time in October 1998, Trump ran through his then-current political positions with NBC‘s Stone Phillips:

Mr. TRUMP: I’d like to see major tax cuts.

PHILLIPS: Along the line, for what the Republicans are talking about —eight hundred billion or so? Would you go that far?

Mr. TRUMP: Along the lines of that number, yes, approximately at that number, and could even be more.

PHILLIPS: Health care?

Mr. TRUMP: [I’m] liberal on well being care, we’ve to deal with individuals which can be sick.

PHILLIPS: Common well being protection?

Mr. TRUMP: I like common, we’ve to take care, there’s nothing else. What’s the nation all about if we’re not going to deal with our sick?

PHILLIPS: Abortion?

Mr. TRUMP: I hate the idea of abortion. I hate something about abortion, and but, I’m completely for selection. I believe you haven’t any various.

PHILLIPS: Gun management? The place do you stand on that?

Mr. TRUMP: When you may inform me that the dangerous guys, the criminals, wouldn’t have weapons, I’d be 100% for gun management. However the truth is, in case you have gun management, the one individuals which can be going to obey the legal guidelines, are going to be the great guys. So the dangerous guys are going to have the weapons, the great guys aren’t going to have the weapons, and what good does that do us? So, I’m not in favor of it.

Notable concerning the picture’s apparently spurious Trump quote is its purported reference to Fox Information in 1998. Whereas the Fox Information Channel was rolled out throughout main American information markets between 1996 and 2000 (and thus isn’t totally chronologically misplaced in a circa-1998 quote), the community wasn’t almost as distinguished or broadly watched till the 2000 election of George W. Bush, the September eleventh assaults in 2001, and the beginning of the Iraq Conflict in 2003. Earlier than that point, though Fox Information was making its method into residing rooms throughout the US, it was not exceptionally well-known (or significantly considered a right-leaning outlet) in 1998.


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