Donald Trump is attacking Hillary Clinton these days, but eight years ago, in the midst of the 2008 Democratic primary race, he said she would “make a good president” and a lot of people thought pairing her with Barack Obama would be a “dream ticket.” His kind words for Mrs. Clinton came in a previously unreported clip from “Trumped!,” a syndicated radio feature that aired from 2004 to 2008 and consisted of a daily commentary of about 60 seconds from the real-estate mogul.
Asked to comment on his words from eight years ago after his campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina, the billionaire businessman told The Wall Street Journal that “time flies almost at the speed of light and something that happens in one second may very well be untrue the next second, let alone eight years after.” Something like this was to be expected from the sharp-tongued businessman-turned-politician, as he has built his career almost solely on trash talking about his opponents regardless of who they were.
“Let me tell you something, back in 2008 we had a real chance to make a difference in this country,” Trump argued. “However, as it often happens in politics, the person who won wasn’t the person who should have won. Instead of getting the first female president in history, we ended up with a half-black president who is a Muslim, who doesn’t care for traditional American values and who’s best reaction to someone murdering citizens of his country is to show up on TV and say that those kind of incidents are ‘something we regret deeply.’”
The media magnate also added that “this country could have been fantastic,” but that the wrong choice was made and that today “we’re all suffering the consequences of a bad presidency.” Asked whether he truly believes America would have been better off with Hillary Clinton as president, Trump almost instantly said, “At the time I would have voted for her and I did support her, but now I’m not so sure. Let me put it this way – I’m not sure if she’d have ruined the country as much as Obama has, but she was our only hope against black domination.”
“So you’re saying you would have voted for her back then?” the reporter insisted. Trump replied, “I probably would have, but only because she was the only other option that wasn’t Obama. She’s crooked, there’s not doubt about that, and everybody today knows she’s no better than him, but maybe, just maybe we wouldn’t have the Black Lives Matter movement or the Dallas shootings or, ultimately, this much terrorism if she’d taken Obama’s place. Of course, the best option would have been me, but I wasn’t in politics back then, you know how it works.”
“And that’s what I love about politics so much, you can always have a do-over. Eight years ago, Americans messed up when they elected Obama. Four years ago, they made the same mistake again. In a couple of months it’ll be time to correct that mistake and change the future. That’s the day Hillary Clinton will finally be out of the picture because she’s had two chances at taking Obama down before I hit the stage. Two times she could have done her thing. And I’m not saying it would have ended well, but it’d be better than it is today. And now she’s up against me and I don’t miss out on opportunities this big. It’s just not in my nature,” Trump concluded.