“I would be lying if I said that the campaign didn’t hurt,” said the former president.
“I mean, I did not think that was going to be the case, but it was.
And we were talking about the issues that were really important to us, like immigration, climate change, and that was very important to me.”
Trump, a lifelong Republican, ran against the Clintons on the campaign trail in 1992 and 1996, but he later switched to running for president as a third-party candidate.
His campaign team, led by his former political adviser Roger Stone, tried to portray Clinton as a corrupt “billionaire and con man” who was out to steal the White House.
Stone’s allies also made sure to mention that Trump had never actually owned a real estate business.
“Donald is a real person, he’s a real man,” Stone said in a 2012 interview.
“He’s a successful businessman, he has done real things in business.
He’s a businessman.
He is not a political hack.”
Trump’s supporters, meanwhile, were able to cast his candidacy as a populist fight for American interests against foreign powers.
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, made a point of emphasizing the issue of the Clinton-Obama administration’s use of torture, which he claimed had helped bring about the death of thousands of innocent people in the Middle East.
“The Clinton regime has used the most barbaric and repugnant tactics to bring about a global nightmare,” Pence said at the time.
“And it’s time for us to put this behind us, and we must not allow our government to do this again.”
But Trump’s team never really had a chance to attack the Clintons directly.
In the 2016 election, the media largely stuck to focusing on the fact that Clinton was not a Democrat and that the Republican nominee was a billionaire.
But this strategy did not work out for Trump, who won only about 10 percent of the popular vote and barely registered in the top 10.
“It is an insult to the millions of Americans who voted for Trump because he was a populist, a real-estate businessman,” said former Breitbart reporter Joel Pollak, who co-authored the book “The New Right: The Future of Conservatism in America.”
“Trump won because he appealed to a much broader swath of voters.
And it’s not just Trump’s core supporters who are alienated by the Clintons.
It’s also a broader swath who were dissatisfied with the way that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party ran their campaign.
It is a huge group of people who voted against Hillary Clinton, and I think that is an issue for Trump to address.”
But that did not help Trump’s chances of securing the Republican nomination.
After his loss in November, Trump said that he would be spending the rest of his life “trying to find a way to get back to winning.”
He said he would devote the rest to finding a “good” candidate for president, adding, “I’m going to make my way to the top of the polls.”
But in the meantime, Trump continued to use his campaign as a platform to speak out against the political establishment and the mainstream media.
The campaign had a big presence at Trump rallies, and he regularly used the platform to bash the establishment, the mainstream press, and the politicians he believed were corrupt.
“There are a lot of people in this country who have been very lucky, who are very lucky to be alive, who can’t make it to the White Houses,” Trump said at a Trump rally in January.
“They are just not in this position.
They have not got the resources that are available to them.
And they are not being protected by the press.
They are being attacked and they are being lied to.”