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Trump gave his presidential pitch to Oprah back in 1988: VIDEO

Spoiler: Not a lot has changed

August 01, 2015 10:55AM

Oprah and the Donald

Oprah and the Donald

Way back in 1988, Oprah asked Donald Trump if he would ever run for president. His answer: “Probably not.”

Pressed by Oprah, whose talk show was then in just its second season, Trump said, “I just don’t think I have the inclination to do it.” Oh, how the times have changed!

Trump also discussed his longtime bugbear, namely that America is being “ripped off” or “beaten” by other countries economically.

In the 1988 interview, Trump said: “If you to go Japan right now and try to sell something, forget about it. Forget about it. It’s almost impossible They come over here and sell their cars, their VCRs, they knock the hell out of our companies. And hey, I have tremendous respect for the Japanese people. I mean, you can have tremendous respect for someone who is beating the hell out of ya.”

Sound familiar? It should, because in Trump’s recent announcement that he is running for President, he said: “When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time.”

At least he is consistent. — Christopher Cameron