Donald Trump has contemplated running for office multiple times since 1988. Trump expressed interest in being vetted as a running mate for George H. W. Bush according to the biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. However, he never ran and so the media dismissed possibility each time the billionaire teased the idea.
Donald Trump origin story
The Showtime special Stephen Colbert Signs Off on the 2016 Presidential Election reveals Trump decided to finally throw his hat in the ring after being humiliated by President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in 2011. The cartoon satire uses actual audio from the event. Obama suggests the reality TV host would make a mockery of the White House if he were ever to be elected.
Trump has a flashback of literally not measuring up to his father. Family photos reveal Trump’s hands aren’t the only thing that’s small as implied by Senator Marco Rubio during the primary. Trump self-medicates by snorting orange Tic Tacs like cocaine. Late-night comedians have mocked his use of the mints prior to forcibly kissing women as captured in leaked video for Access Hollywood. Trump laughs manically as he decides to run president to show Obama he’s not a “big league loser.”
The special was clearly intended to be a victory party for Hillary Clinton but quickly became a funeral procession for the campaign upon the realization that Trump won.
“It has come to an ending that I did not imagine,” Colbert closed the show. “We all now feel the way Rudy Giuliani looks.”
Birth of a movement
Obama roasted Trump in retaliation for questioning his birth certificate and thereby the legitimacy of his presidency. Trump was the poster child for the birther movement, which claimed Obama was born in Kenya. Obama released his short form birth certificate issued by Hawaii during his first campaign but skeptics called it a forgery. Trump demanded that the President release his long form birth certificate during his bid for reelection. Obama relented just days before the Correspondent’s Dinner.
“I am so proud of myself because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” Trump took credit for its release. “I feel I’ve accomplished something really, really important and I’m honored for it.”
Yet, Trump didn’t acknowledge the validity of the birth certificate until more than 5 years later.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period,” admitted Trump, who is ironically the first president since Richard Nixon to not release his tax returns.
Will Obama start a taxer movement?