Though Donald Trump would be wealthier today if he had simply taken the fortune he inherited from his father and invested it index funds, he holds out his business acumen as his chief qualification for the presidency.
And he doesn’t take kindly to it being questioned. In a 2004 radio interview with Howard Stern, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee dubbed one unnamed reporter “retarded” for critiquing his business skills (which brings to mind his mocking of a disabled reporter earlier this year).
Trump’s other supposed qualification is that he is not “politically correct,” and says what his supporters would like to say if they could. In any event, here’s Trump on April 14, 2004, on the Howard Stern Show:
ROBIN: No, but they are saying that then those guys don’t get a return. You always make out but the guys don’t get a return.
TRUMP: Okay, I know, and that makes me a bad person right?
STERN: Well, hey, no but the thing is―
TRUMP: I know I was criticized in one magazine where the writer was retarded, he said, “Donald Trump put up $7 million, they put up $193 million and they are 50/50 partners. Why isn’t Donald Trump putting up more money?” And you know it is supposed to be because I am smart.
STERN: Right, they are hiring you.
TRUMP: If I put up this, they put up like 45 times more money, and then they criticize me for not putting up more money. I mean these guys are dopes. But what am I going to do?
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the interview had taken place in 2014.