Forgotten Video: Donald Trump Discusses Presidential Run in 1988

Donald Trump continues to take the political stage by storm amidst accolades and boos and hisses. The left hates him. The establishment GOP hates him. Conservatives eye his past policies suspiciously, but largely applaud the candidate for his daring honesty.

Whether one likes the pop culture celebrity/businessman/politician or not, the fact is that in these tough economic times, his business sense strikes a nerve with those who understand our perilous economic situation and his tough-talking candor is refreshing to conservatives who, for too long, have been betrayed and lied-to by both Democrats and establishment Republicans.

In a long-forgotten appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1988, the business mogul took aim at our trade deals with Japan and other nations and questioned why we were trading with nations who dump their products in America and offer little to no reciprocation in allowing for the importation of American goods.

It’s been 27 years and little has changed except that now, instead of holding a tremendous trade imbalance with Japan, we have a tremendous trade imbalance with Japan and China.

Trump also took aim at Kuwaiti oil agreements.

“We make it possible for them to sell their oil. Why aren’t they paying us 25% of what they’re making? It’s a joke.”

Oprah then noted that it sounds like “presidential talk” and wondered if Trump would ever run for president.

“Probably not,” Trump stated. “I don’t think I really have the inclination to do it. I love what I’m doing. I really like it… But I do get tired of seeing what’s happening with this country and if it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with his country, how we’re really making other people live like kings and we’re not.”

If only that Donald could get a glimpse of what has become of this nation’s “leadership.”…

Trump praised the top contenders of the 1988 race and said that they had all done a “hell of a job” with their races thus far.

Oprah then noted that Trump had claimed before that if he did run, he thought he would win.

“I’ll tell you what: I wouldn’t go into [the presidential race] to lose. I’ve never gone in to lose in my life… I would say that I would have a hell of a chance at winning because I think that people… are tired of seeing the United States ripped off. I can’t promise you everything, but I can tell you one thing: this country would \make one hell of a lot of money from those people who, for 25 years, have taken advantage. It wouldn’t be the way it’s been.”

Trump’s words seem prophetic yet sad all at once. If Trump was dismayed by the deals struck on the international stage in 1988, he surely must be mortified with our weak positioning now.


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Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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