Say what you will about Donald Trump but the man hasn’t wasted a single day of his life. Considering the number of front pages that feature his smug, golden-orange face every year, it’s no wonder he published 14 auto-biographies. Apparently, the 70-year-young celebrity is just getting started but ‘Presidential GOP Front-Runner’ is hardly one of Trump’s most memorable titles.
Aside from the tallest building in Central America, the Donald’s surname made it into four ‘Halls of Fame’ and on six ‘Forbes‘ lists. The two-time ‘Republican Statesman of the Year‘ holds a ‘Marine Corps Leadership Award‘, a ‘Liberty Award‘ and a ‘Key to the City‘ from Doral, Florida.
But even with the non-stop media attention the Donald received as the republican front-runner, most people know only a small fraction of his story. So, we chose among the most illusive facts to find 15 of the billionaire’s greatest, worst and weirdest moments that you won’t hear about in the news. Whether you’re the Donald’s biggest fan or you can’t stand the sight of him, some of these facts are bound to surprise you.
Here are 15 things you probably missed about Donald Trump:
15 – He Has Been Winning Primaries Since 2000
(but, apparently, he forgot about that election)
In a 1999 appearance on ‘Larry King Live‘, Trump announced his bid for the Reform Party presidential nomination. He named Oprah Winfrey as his ideal running mate, describing her as “someone who would be great. She’d be fantastic. She’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.” Trump went on to drop out of the race days before the Michigan and California primary elections. Nevertheless, he received the highest number of votes in both states.
Here’s what you didn’t know…
During his campaign, The Donald described himself as “conservative on most issues”. The only exception was his healthcare policy, which he called “quite liberal and getting much more liberal.” Trump promised universal, affordable healthcare (now known as Obamacare) if he’s elected.
But the fact that he strongly believed in the policy that he now promises to repeal is NOT why the billionaire ‘forgot’ about his 2000 run.
Here’s the REAL kicker…
You see, his only real competitor for the Reform Party nomination, Pat Buchanan, was supported by David Duke – a known Ku Klux Klan member. The billionaire smeared Buchanan in multiple ads that depicted him as a white supremacist for having Duke as an adviser. In 2000, during his televised concession speech, Trump publicly called David Duke out on being “a Klansman,” later adding that “Duke, who’s a neo-nazi…” should be in jail.
FEB. 28, 2016 – Donald Trump declines to disavow an endorsement by David Duke (the very same), saying he never even heard of Duke! The ‘amnesia-stricken’ billionaire said this to Jake Tapper on ‘State of the Union’:
Honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him…You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I’d have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong.