Donald Trump has been called the ‘Kim Kardashian of politics,’ the ‘Music Man’ of the race, and his likeness has been compared to Biff from Back to the Future, George Costanza from Seinfeld and, finally, circus leader P.T. Barnum.
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, the Republican frontrunner said he considered one of those pop culture comparisons a compliment.
‘P.T. Barnum,’ Trump stated.
‘You’ll take P.T Barnum?’ host Chuck Todd asked – a likeness first suggested by Samuel L. Jackson, in an interview where the actor also suggested that Trump cheated at golf.
‘We need P.T. Barnum, a little bit, because we have to build up the image of our country,’ Trump explained. ‘We have to be a cheerleader for our country, we don’t have a cheerleader.’
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Donald Trump was asked by Meet the Press host which celebrity comparison he viewed as a compliment. Trump said he liked the P.T. Barnum suggestion
Donald Trump said he liked being compared to circus creator P.T Barnum because the country needs a ‘cheerleader’ and the billionaire Republican frontrunner would like to take that role
It was actor Samuel L. Jackson who suggested Donald Trump was ‘more P.T. Barnum than politician.’ The actor also said that Trump cheated at golf
Trump used the question as an opportunity to hit President Obama, explaining that he thought the Democratic president would be both a cheerleader and someone who united the country.
‘I thought Obama, when he got elected, would be a good cheerleader,’ Trump said. ‘That’s the one thing I said. I said, you know, he’ll unify the country, whether it’s African American and white and all.’
‘He’s been a great divider,’ Trump continued.
Todd then asked the billionaire what he tells conservatives about the Donald Trump of the 1990s.
‘You liked the Clintons, you were pro-choice, you were even for some gun control,’ Todd mentioned.
Trump told the host to think of his evolution like Ronald Reagan’s.
‘Ronald Reagan was a somewhat liberal Democrat. You know, Ronald Reagan was a liberal Democrat. And he became a fairly conservative, not overly, Republican,’ Trump said.
Trump suggested it was part of getting older.
He said the Nov. 13 ISIS attacks in Paris cemented his more conservative view on guns, for example, along with the assault in San Bernardino, California.
Donald Trump compared his political evolution to that of former President Ronald Reagan, who had been a Democrat before becoming a political icon for conservatives
‘If, in Paris, they had guns, if, in California, on the other side, where the bullets go both ways … you wouldn’t have had the kind of carnage that you’ve had,’ Trump said.
There was another part of ’90s Trump that Todd also wanted to know about.
Since Trump had started pillorying Bill Clinton for the president’s past sexual indiscretions that opened the door for political assaults on Trump having had three wives.
‘I mean, your first divorce was ugly,’ Todd said.
Trump shrugged it away.
‘You know what? I wasn’t the President of the United States. And I wasn’t dealing in the Oval Office, all right? A big difference. I wasn’t the president,’ Trump said.
He also suggested that he had patched things up with all the women in his life.
‘And my first wife thinks I’m great. And my second wife and my– and I have a great marriage. I mean, I have a great marriage,’ Trump said.
He said he had to bring up Bill Clinton, because Hillary Clinton had labeled him a sexist.
‘And, by the way, they’ve become very unresponsive since then,’ Trump added.