From outsider to the Oval Office: Trump’s timeline

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1988   Oprah asks Trump if he would ever run for president – “Probably not,” he answers, “[but] I think I’d win. I’ll tell you what: I wouldn’t go in to lose.”

1999    Seeks presidential nomination for the Reform Party, but prematurely ends campaign.

May 2011    Roasting from Obama at the infamous Correspondent’s dinner, perhaps providing the impetus for his 2016 election bid.

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16 June 2015   Mexicans are “rapists”: Trump’s Campaign Launch. Candidacy considered to be a marketing strategy for his TV show.

6th August 2015    “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs’, ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.’’ Megyn Kelly grills Trump at the first Republican debate.

26th August 2015 • Strongly criticised for impersonating Asian negotiators.

7th  December 2015    Calls “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”

14 January 2016    Cruz tries to knock Trump over his “New York values”, setting off a stream of internet memes defending the city – and Trump.

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19th January 2016    Sarah Palin endorses Trump.

1st February 2016   Iowa caucuses. The first state votes for Cruz; a blow to Trump.

9th February 2016   A big win for Trump at the New Hampshire primary.

1st March 2016   Super Tuesday polls: Hillary 1 – Trump 0.

11th March 2016    A Trump rally in Chicago is called off amid scenes of violence.

15th March 2016   Rubio exits Republican primary

19th April 2016   Wins New York primary

3rd May 2016   Becomes the presumptive nominee after Cruz and Kasich lose in Indiana.

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18-21 July 2016   Wins Republican nomination

1st August 2016    Attacks the parents of a Muslim American soldier who was killed in Iraq.

9th August 2016    Widely perceived to hint at an assassination attempt against Clinton.

26th September 2016    Clinton baits a seemingly unprepared Trump with charges of racism, sexism and tax avoidance at the most watched debate in US history.

3rd October 2016    New York attorney general sends cease and desist letter to Trump’s foundation. The New York Times reveals Trump may have avoided paying federal income tax for 18 years.

7th October 2016   Infamous “Grab ‘em by the pussy” recordings released.

13th October 2016 • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, stated that Trump’s attitude to “vulnerable communities” and views on torture make him a danger internationally.

20th of October 2016    Booed at white-tie Al Smith Dinner for tasteless comments about Hillary Clinton.

28th October 2016   FBI reviews new emails related to Clinton server.

8th November 2016  •  Donald Trump is elected the 45th President of the United States.

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Abhaya Ganashree 

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