Nixon said his wife Pat was impressed by The Donald’s appearance on the Phil Donahue show

IN 1987, President Richard Nixon send a letter to Donald Trump predicting that he was capable of a successful political career.

Nixon wrote to Trump regarding his television appearance on the Phil Donahue show that

Donald Trump in 1987

his wife, Pat Nixon, greatly enjoyed. Trump had agreed to a profile on the popular Donahue show, which was broadcast in December of that year.

“As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!” the short letter read.


The letter became public as part of the release of a Donald Trump biography titled ‘Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success.’

It would take nearly three decades for Trump to decide to run for office, proving the 37th president correct. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States, sweeping Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in reliably blue states like Michigan and Wisconsin.

As Republican nominee, Nixon won the 1968 largely on the back of a campaign targeting middle-class Americans who felt the Kennedy and Johnson administrations had allowed the government to descend into chaos, particularly in the context of the rudderless Vietnam war.

In a 1969 speech, Nixon referred to the voters who elected him as the “Silent Majority.” It was a similar majority that was largely instrumental in electing Trump. The Trump campaign echoed many of the sentiments of the Nixon election, even using the same term to refer to those whose livelihoods were threatened or eliminated entirely by the growing global economy.

Below, Trump’s appearance on the Donohue show that so impressed the Nixons:

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