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Trump Is So Conservative He Wanted This Person As His Running Mate. Yeah, Really.

How important is celebrity to Donald Trump compared to standing up for his supposed conservative principles?

One heck of a lot. In 1999, during an exploration of a possible 2000 presidential run, he proposed that his running mate should be Oprah Winfrey.


Here’s Trump in October 1999, asserting that Winfrey would be his first choice: “If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic. I mean, she’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.” One month later, he doubled down, telling Wolf Blitzer of CNN that Oprah Winfrey would be a possible running mate.

Trump has always known how to say whatever it takes to ingratiate himself with his audience; in 1998, commenting on the presidential race, he told Winfrey, “ I think Jesse Jackson’s done himself very proud; I think Michael Dukakais has done one hell of a job.”

Nothing changed in 15 years; on the day he announced his candidacy last June, Trump ingratiated himself with ABC News anchor and Clinton hack George Stephanopoulos, reiterating that Winfrey would make a great running mate. He asserted:

I think Oprah would be great. I’d love to have Oprah. I think we’d win easily, actually. She’s great, she’s talented, she’s a friend of mine. She’s a good person. I’ve been on her show. In fact, I was on her show last week, she said, could I be on her show with the whole family? I like Oprah. I mean, is that supposed to be a bad thing? I don’t think so.

Winfrey herself might have some qualms about Trump; as John R. O’Donnell, former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, wrote in Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall, Trump once said, “Laziness is a trait in blacks,” and also raged, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it.”

“Laziness is a trait in blacks.”

Donald Trump

Trump acknowledged to Playboy in 1999 that O’Donnell was telling the truth: “The stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true. The guy’s a fucking loser. A fucking loser.”

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