• 1988 FLASHBACK: Hear Trump at GOP Convention

    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is facing criticism that he is not a true conservative. Conspiracies even loom through the political grapevine that he is ultimately helping Hillary. Yet, the billionaire clearly demonstrated nearly 30 years ago nothing is further from the truth.

    The 42-year-old Trump appeared cool, calm and collected while taking tough questions and criticism from then-NBC News White House correspondent Chris Wallace during an appearance at the 1988 Republican National Convention.

    Wallace and then-NBC anchor Tom Brokaw chided the “tycoon” about his wealth and indicated that Trump prospered from the “greed” of the Reagan years.

    Brokaw introduced Trump as “someone who has prospered enormously during the years of Reaganomics.”

    Wallace told Trump how “some people say” he was a “conspicuous example” of the “greed” associated with President Ronald Reagan’s economic policy.

    Trump made no apology for his wealth and stated he was “very proud of what I’ve been able to do.”

    “I employ thousands and thousands of people that wouldn’t have jobs if it weren’t for things that I’ve built. I mean, I employ, probably, 25 or 30 thousand people,” he said. “These are things that I’ve done over the last four- or five-year period, Chris, and I think that a lot of people are very thankful for it.”

    The footage of Trump explains why he is such a fan of fiscal conservatism. It was Reaganomics that helped Trump find the American Dream.

    His presence at the convention was also indicative of his support of the Republican agenda.

    Trump said he attended the convention to offer his unwavering praise for the 1988 GOP candidate, then Vice President George H.W. Bush.

    “He’s an excellent guy, an excellent man. He’s a friend of mine, and I’m here [at the convention] for that reason,” he said. “I think you’re going to have, probably, George Bush as your next president. He’s an excellent guy, an excellent man. He’s a friend of mine, and I’m here [at the RNC] for that reason.”

    Trump stated, during an interview with Larry King during the convention, that he attended the RNC as an invited “guest” of Bush, as well as an “observer” and a contributor to the Bush campaign.

    “[I am here as] really and observer,” Trump said. “It’s a really interesting system, and I wanted to see how the system works. It’s the first time I’ve been involved in a convention; I came down and wanted to see how it works.”

    The Donald may also have been predicting the future of his own political successes, though time will tell. Wallace asked Trump if he thought he would win if he ran for president.

    “I think I’d have a very good chance. When I do something, I like to win” Trump replied. “I like to do well, and I think I probably would have a very good chance.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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