by Ruth Riddle:
President Trump, although not a politician, per se, has been contemplating the presidency for almost 40 years. And now he is our 45th President, the first in a predictable Trump Dynasty. A quick timeline:
1987-1988: Trump considers a run for president. Oprah conducted a now-famous interview, asking him directly if he would ever run for president.
Oprah: “I know people have talked to you about whether or not you want to run; would you ever?”
Trump: “Probably not, but I do get tired of seeing the country get ripped off… I just don’t think I have the inclination to do it. If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with this country. We’re really making other people live like kings, and we’re not.”
2000: Trump enters the presidential race as a Reform Party candidate and receives more than 15,000 votes in the party’s California primary.
2003-2004: He again mulls a run for president, but ultimately decides not to join the race. Instead, he begins hosting the reality show The Apprentice on NBC.
March 2011: A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Trump leading all presidential contenders, including Mitt Romney.
April 2011: Amid more research polls indicating he would be the preferred Republican presidential candidate among voters, Trump repeatedly calls for President Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.
May 2011: Trump officially announces he will not run for president.
February 2012: Trump endorses Republican candidate Mitt Romney for president.
2013: Trump forms a presidential exploratory committee and, despite a strong backing from Republican voters, announces that he has no interest in running for governor of New York in 2014.
June 2015: Trump formally announces that he is running for president in a speech delivered from Trump Tower in New York City.
His interview with Oprah in 1988 was most telling. The condition of the country would be the trigger. He watched, he pondered, he waited. He built his business. His children grew up, finally ready to assume the burdens of the Trump Empire. At last he was “…tired of seeing the country get ripped off.”
Thus, here we are, at the end of 2017, with an America that is steadily becoming great again, under the leadership of President Trump. Over the next seven years, as the economy becomes stronger and the world becomes safer, he will lay the foundations of a new political dynasty.