The New York-based content manager and longtime snopes.com message board participant Kim LaCapria notes that the “image and quote attributed to Donald Trump [reproduced below] began appearing in our inbox in mid-October 2015. The format is easily recognizable as one wherein words are attributed to the individual pictured, and in this case image claims that Donald Trump made the following statement in a 1998 interview with People magazine: ‘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’. Despite People‘s comprehensive online content archive, we found no interview or profile on Donald Trump in 1998 (or any other time) that quoted his saying anything that even vaguely resembled the words in this meme. Trump appeared somewhat regularly in the magazine’s pages before he came to star on The Apprentice, but the bulk of the magazine’s celebrity-driven coverage of him back then centered on his marriages to, and divorces from, Ivana Trump and Marla Maples”.
This film was suppressed 25 years ago. Now that Trump is running for president, it is time for the American People to meet the real Donald and learn how he does business. The old Trump and the new Trump? They’re the same Trump.
In 1989, People‘s Gary Smith wrote that “Trump seemed not to be aware of [his own human possibilities]. He had no greater cause or vision. The game was the goal. The Deal was Art. The oddity was, Trump could live that way and look positively happy, not a trace of existential anguish or a shadow of self-conflict or guilt. All the lives in all the magazines in all the grocery-store checkout lines warned us of the perils of celebrityhood and vast wealth, but not his. Nothing seemed to touch him. ‘I’m not a shmuck’, he said, referring to the way he bailed out of the stock market just before the crash of ’87. ‘Even if the world goes to hell in a hand basket, I won’t lose a penny’. He said things like that without a twinkle in his eyes—that was the scary thing. But then, perhaps soul or sense of humor was too much to ask of the man who used up every waking moment in the 1980s making sure he was never vulnerable, making certain Donald Trump would never, ever be chumped”.