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Mr Trump is currently running for re-election for the Republican Party, and even though he is trailing in the national polls, the Democrats are nervous. The President was unexpectedly victorious in the 2016 election, despite few political pundits believing he had the capabilities to win over the public at the time. Democratic nominee Joe Biden — the Vice President under the Obama administration — is leading in all six swing states according to a new CNBC/Change Research poll.
Even though an astounding 94 million ballots have already been cast, the election results are expected to be tight no matter who finally secures the presidential seat in the White House.
However, while some Democrats are now concerned Mr Trump will not concede if he loses, he almost did not run in the election four years ago.
As a business magnate, he was supposedly concerned about what he “had on the line” by trying to put himself forward to lead the nation.
In the Netflix series, ‘Trump: An American Dream’, Mr Trump’s campaign adviser in 2015 and long-time friend Roger Stone explained his hesitation over announcing his presidential run.
Mr Stone explained: “He called from Europe and he said, ‘Put the announcement on hold, I’m not sure I’m going to do it’.”
Sam Nunberg, another political adviser for Mr Trump, told the documentary: “We didn’t have time for Donald Trump’s perennial teasing b******t.
“He was getting some cold feet.
“He had a lot more on the line than anyone else did.
“All these big politicians, [all] they need to do is they run.
“Right? They raise other people’s money. They do this. This is what they do.”
Mr Trump, on the other hand, had built a reputation as a real estate tycoon which could be jeopardised by his policies.
For instance, shortly after he announced his campaign policies would be focusing on illegal immigrants from Mexico, NBC and Macy’s immediately cut ties with him.
However, as Mr Stone pointed out: “Trump is now 70 years old [at the time of the election].
“This would most likely be his last shot if he decided that he was going to pursue the nomination.
“We had gone round and round about the date of his announcement.
“The content of what he was going to say, what broad themes he was going to lay out in his campaign, was entirely up to him.”
Speaking in the 2018 documentary, Mr Nunberg also noted that Twitter was their “focus group”, and Mr Trump’s policies were based on the number of retweets each vague campaign idea had.
Mr Stone then addressed how few took Mr Trump’s campaign four years ago seriously and dismissed it as a publicity stunt.
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He said: “For the elites who cover politics, it’s obvious when Donald Trump flirts with running for president in 1988, or 2000 or even 2012.”
The real-estate magnate first considered running for president in 1988 but was preoccupied after his purchase of the Taj Mahal casino.
Then in 2000, he entered the race as a Reform Party candidate and secured 15,000 votes in the California primary.
He reportedly considered it again in 2003 and 2004, but had just signed up to ‘The Apprentice’ show on NBC, so did not officially enter the race.
Mr Trump toyed with the idea of running again in 2011 after repeatedly challenging the then President Barack Obama over his birth certificate and if he was really born in the US, but he decided not to run.
Some believed he might try to run for New York’s governor in 2014, but he rejected the idea and instead held out until 2015 when he announced he was running as President.
He never relinquished the idea because, according to The New York Times in 2016, Mr Trump wanted to become a “major force in American politics”.
Then, by accepting his financial support over the years, the Republicans “bestowed upon Mr Trump the kind of legitimacy that he craved” which then “helped him pursue a credible bid for presidency”.
After finally getting into the White House, it seems some fear Mr Trump may not want to let it go.
Astonishingly, Mr Stone even urged his old friend to bring in martial law if he loses the election last month.
There are fears Mr Trump will not concede in the event that he loses the election after he declined to say he would peacefully transfer power and has recently suggested he may go “in with our lawyers” once the polls close in the battleground states.
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