Did Donald Trump become president of the United States because Republicans are dumb?
On Instagram, Amy Schumer shared a meme featuring a quote believed to be taken from an interview with PEOPLE Magazine in 1998. In the quote, Trump claims that he could become president of the United States because “Republicans are the dumbest group of voters in the country.” The question is – did this interview with PEOPLE Magazine really happen? Did Donald Trump predict that he would become president of the United States because “Republicans are the dumbest?” Keep reading to find out.
First of all the interview where I said I would move was in London and was said in jest. Not that anyone needs more than a headline to count something as official news. Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser. Like the rest of us I am grieving today. My heart is in a million pieces. My heart breaks for my niece and my friends who are pregnant bringing children into the world right now. Like everyone else I am horrified that people believed these bumper sticker slogans filled with hate he spewed. People who voted for him you are weak. You are not just misinformed. You didn't even attempt information. You say lock her up and you know something about the word email but what was in the emails? You have no clue. Well I'll tell you if you were able to read this far through the holes in your sheet. They said nothing incriminating. Nothing. She dedicated her entire life to public service and got our children Heath care and education without discrimination. he didn't pay his workers. Started a fake college. Ripped people off. Never paid his taxes and sexually assaulted women and on and on She would have taken care of us. I personally would have had to pay higher taxes. All the celebrities backing her would have. People asked how much I was paid to stand with her. Nothing. None of us were paid a dollar. We would have had to pay a lot more because we are fortunate enough to make a high income. But we all wanted to do it to take care of the people in need. She was fighting to take care of you kicking and screaming babies. Yelling about emails you know nothing about and not liking her clothes or her hair she wanted to protect you even you. Well you've gotten what you asked for and now you can watch the sky open up. Literally. I am furious. I cry for her and for all the smart people I love who know what's right and I cry for you people who fell for shiny hats and reality catch phrases. She would have protected you. Today we grieve tomorrow we begin again. Yes this quote is fake but it doesn't matter
Amy Schumer includes a fairly long caption with her meme and quote claiming Donald Trump predicted he could become president because Republicans are dumb. She starts out by addressing the fact that, during an interview in London, she claimed she would leave the United States if Donald Trump became president. Amy claims to have made the comment “in jest.” She goes on to say anyone who is telling her to pack her bags is just as “disgusting” as those who voted for him in the first place. At the end of her caption, she did mention that the quote in the meme was fake. But, she claims “it doesn’t matter.” Does she think Donald Trump became president because Republicans are dumb?
About a year ago, Reno Gazette-Journal did a little digging and fact checking to determine whether or not there was any truth to the quote displayed in this meme. Did Donald Trump predict he would become president because Republicans are dumb?
The meme suggests that it was during an interview with PEOPLE Magazine in 1998 that Donald Trump said the following statement:
“If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”
For anyone who takes the time to go looking into the archives of PEOPLE Magazine, you will not find anything even close to this quote in any 1998 edition (or any other year for that matter).
A public relations representative with PEOPLE even confirmed to Reno Gazette-Journal that they were not able to find the quote – or anything close to the quote – in their archives either.
“People looked into this exhaustively when it first surfaced back in October. We combed through every Trump story in our archive. We couldn’t find anything remotely like this quote –and no interview at all in 1998.”
Trump was cited frequently in the pages of PEOPLE during 1998. However, most of the references to Trump had nothing to do with becoming president or Republicans being dumb. In fact, most of the references were just stories about his pending divorce with Marla Maples. During the late 1990s, several stories started to surface about Trump flirting with the idea of running for president. However, none of these stories mentioned Trump wanting to do so because he thought Republicans were dumb. In fact, Donald Trump claimed he was going to run for president for a number of years including 1998, 2000, 2004, and 2012. Considering how many times Trump claimed he was going to run for president and never did, most just dismissed the idea that he would ever run.
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There was also an op-ed in Wall Street Journal on September 30, 1999, which talked about Donald Trump considering running for president. He never mentioned anything about Republicans or them being dumb. In fact, he claimed to be considering running as an independent.
Snopes also looked into the meme and pointed out the fact that the reference to Fox News doesn’t make much sense as Fox News was not a very well-known outlet during the year 1998.
As you can see, chances are pretty good Donald Trump never said he would become president of the United States because Republicans are dumb. The question is — why do you think he became president of the United States? Do you think Republicans are dumb? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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