Though I’ve long been skeptical of the idea that Donald Trump is ever going to run for president, one thing has become crystal clear as he’s flirted with campaigning: If he does run, the only possible running mate he could have is his own ego. And they might need a new wing of the White House just to hold it, as his interview with the Des Moines Registers once again demonstrates.
When you’re Iowa testing the waters, how do you gauge whether these big crowds you draw are people wanting to see a reality TV star or wanting to see someone they think could run the country?
I don’t know the answer to that. You say to yourself: “Does it translate?” It may not translate, I don’t know. But I know one thing that translates: The politicians — and I know all of them — they’re never going to make this country great.
You’re doing well enough in polls now to nab a spot in the televised presidential debates. In our latest Iowa Poll, however, 85 percent of likely GOP caucusgoers said they would “never” support you for president.
That’s because they don’t think I’m running. When they think I’m running, they go through the roof. I see it even on Twitter. I have millions of people on Twitter and Facebook, like 6 million people on Twitter and Facebook. They say: “Please run, but if you don’t run, well, just leave me alone.” You know, it’s sort of interesting. But they want me to run.
You’re getting better numbers in some polls than several candida—
I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody’s ever been more successful than me. I’m the most successful person ever to run. Ross Perot isn’t successful like me. Romney — I have a Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.
He obviously thinks the one and only measure of one’s success is money. By that measure, we should elect Bill Gates as president, he’s the richest person in America. Or Warren Buffet, who is worth more than 18 times as much Trump. Somehow I’m guessing that Trump would suddenly decide that was not a good reason to vote for anyone if someone richer than him ran. He might well be the richest man ever to run for president, but he may also be the most ridiculous buffoon ever to do so.