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So the story goes that in a 1998 interview with People Magazine, Donald Trump said he was considering a run for president and would do so as a Republican because "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."
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The meme features a repurposed image of a younger Trump, with the quote billed as a statement he delivered in an interview with the magazine.
So did Donald Trump actually say that – or anything like it?
No, the quote is bogus.
No such interview exists
The fabricated quote appeared on social media sites in October 2015, when Trump’s campaign started to gain steam. The meme has continually resurfaced over the years, though it has repeatedly been debunked.
We searched People’s archives, which date back to the 1970s, and found no Trump interviews in 1998 – or any other time – that feature that quote or anything resembling it.
Most of the magazine’s articles at the time that involved Trump discussed his celebrity and high-profile divorce from Marla Maples.
People also issued a statement rebuking the quote’s authenticity.
"PEOPLE looked into this matter exhaustively when the quote first surfaced," a magazine spokesperson said. "We combed through every Trump story in our archive and did not find anything remotely like this quote – and no Trump interview in 1998."
Trump did talk politics in the late 1980s and ’90s, but there is no record of him bashing the Republican party, or its voters.
For example, in a 1988 episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Trump said he would probably never run for president, but wouldn’t rule it out completely. The image used in the meme is from that interview: