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Pundit: Trump the fighter more electable than the calm version

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump (May '16 pic)Donald Trump may be a relative newcomer to politics, but a review of some old interviews reveals he's been saying the same thing for at least 40 years – except back then he seemed calm, cool, and collected.

President Trump recently attended a brutal mixed martial arts contest in Madison Square Garden. And based on his language during recent stump speeches, one might be tempted to think he'd rather be a participant in an MMA match than merely an observer.

But while Trump's pugilistic nature wasn't there many years ago, many of the main themes of his presidency – balance of trade, other countries paying their fair share of their own defense, even "Making America Great Again" – were plainly evident in this interview with Rona Barrett almost four decades ago:

Trump (in 1980): "America is a country that has tremendous, tremendous potential. … I feel that this country, with the proper leadership, can go on to become what it once was."

Talk-show host Richard Randall admits he has been offended many times by the tone the president takes and the fights he picks. But he says Trump is the first president to ever take his campaign promises seriously once in office.

Randall

"For the first time in my lifetime, I really heard somebody not who just agreed with me – I had that with Reagan, I had that with Bush – but somebody who was really willing to passionately fight for me," Randall tells OneNewsNow.

Yet he does sometimes wish the younger, calmer Trump would make an appearance at today's White House. "The average Trump supporter would feel a lot more comfortable," he explains, "but I honestly don't think he would have been elected."

So, why the change in demeanor over the years? One might say he saw it coming:

Barrett: "Why wouldn't you dedicate yourself to public service?"

Trump: "Because I think it's a very mean life."

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