Back then I wrote that Donald Trump becoming US president would be seen as a bad joke. Yet its about to come true
At war with the US intelligence agencies he compares to Nazi Germany, damning them for leaking an unverified dossier on his alleged links with Moscow, Donald Trumps bizarre press conference left the world agog. What if the Russians have so well destabilised America that no sooner inaugurated, their chosen president has to be impeached? Dont count on it. Ordinary rules dont apply to the man who is the raw spirit of the lawless wild west.
And Trumps nature was never a secret. He has never dissembled, he cant dissemble. Why would he when he worships every aspect of himself, each hair on his head, each word he tweets? Greater self-love hath no man.
Apart from his lost good looks, he is unchanged since I interviewed him for the Guardian back in 1988. He was 41 and in Britain to plug his book, The Art of the Deal. Then as now, he was a petrifying megalomaniac with no grip on reality, or not a reality shared by others. At the time I described his demonic power and energy waiting to spring. Now look how far he has sprung.
I wrote about his aura of glitz, greed, glamour and an ambition so colossal that it will probably not rest until he rules the world which one day he just might. And next week, God help us, he will. But nearly 30 years ago was his eye already on running for the presidency? I put the question to him. Not for a period but I am involved politically. You could do it from where I am, he replied with the same nonchalance he might describe making a pitch for some new property or casino in New York.