Donald Trump Said Republicans are the Dumbest Group of Voters-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
People magazine reported in 1998 that Donald Trump said Republican are the dumbest group of voters in the country and would “eat up” his lies if he ran for president.
Donald Trump didn’t say that Republicans are the dumbest group of voters in a 1998 interview.
The quote, which supposedly came from a 1998 People magazine story about Trump’s political aspirations, surfaced on social media in October 2015. A meme shows an image of Trump with the quote, “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.”
We found several mentions of a possible Trump presidential bid in People magazine in the late 1990s — but we couldn’t find any instances of him calling Republicans the dumbest group of voters in the country.
After reporting on rumors that Trump was thinking about running for president on multiple occasions, People reported in December 1998 that Trump had announced plans to explore the possibility. The article didn’t cite specifics about Trump’s platform or party affiliation. The story did mention a meeting between Trump and Jesse Ventura, the leader of the Reform Party at the time. It also quoted Trump as saying that Oprah Winfrey would be his choice for a running mate.
In a 1999 interview with Larry King, Trump got a little more specific about his political views. He said he was a registered Republican but described himself as a centrist. Trump also talked about running on the Reform Party ticket, according to a transcript of the appearance.
In the end, we couldn’t find any instances of Donald Trump saying that Republicans are the dumbest group of voters. We’re calling this rumor fiction.