FACT CHECK: What Did Donald Trump Say About Hillary Clinton During The 2008 Democratic Primary?
A video shared on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter, purports former President Donald Trump endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary.
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Trump has reportedly been weighing in on the Republican House’s efforts to impeach President Joe Biden, according to Politico. Trump is said to have spoken with New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, who serves as the House Republicans Conference Chair, the outlet indicated.
“Trump endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008 Dem primary,” the X post purports. The post features a video clip from a recent rally the former Republican President held in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Check Your Fact looked into Trump’s past comments about Clinton and what he said about her in 2007/2008. While Trump said he supported Clinton in both 2007 and 2008, he never explicitly endorsed her.
During a September 2007 interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Trump said Clinton was “very talented” and he believed she’d win the Democratic presidential nomination “rather easily.” At the time, Trump would not say if he was leaning toward supporting Clinton or then-Republican frontrunner and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“I can tell you this. They’re both terrific people, and I hope they both get the nomination and that it’s going to be a very interesting race. I always go with one person. I’ll make a decision,” Trump responded.
Likewise, Trump referred to Clinton as a “friend” and said he wanted her to win the Democratic nomination during a 2007 interview with Howard Stern.
“I’d like her to win on the Democratic side, Rudy to win on the Republican side,” Trump told Stern. “And then I have to make a decision. But they’re both great people. I think they’re both gonna win and it’s gonna be interesting to see what happens.”
Before sharing he wanted Clinton to win the Democratic nomination, Trump said he wouldn’t comment on whether he would vote for her or Giuliani because Giuliani was also a “very good friend” of his. Trump also revealed he’d hosted a fundraiser for Clinton.
Trump made similar remarks in 2008 during an interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto. (RELATED: Trump Claimed There Was Never An Impeachment Inquiry When He Was President)
“Well, I support Hillary. I think she’s fantastic,” Trump said, later adding that he also supported Giuliani. Despite saying he supported both candidates, he would not disclose which of the two he preferred when asked by Cavuto.
Furthermore, Trump said he thought Clinton would “make a good president” on his radio feature, “Trumped!” back in 2008, according to CNN.
Trump’s comments were as follows: “Hillary Clinton said she’d consider naming Barack Obama as her vice president when she gets the nomination, but she’s nowhere near a shoo-in. For his part, Obama said he’s just focused on winning the nomination although at least one member on his team said Clinton would make a good vice president. Well, I know her and she’d make a good president or good vice president.”
According to Ballotpedia, Trump made eight donations to Clinton, which totaled $8,700. Two donations totaling $4,000 were refunded, the website indicates. There is no information specifying which years the donations were made, what they were used for, or why they were refunded.
Additionally, both Politico and Politifact reported Trump donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, the non-profit organization Clinton shares with her husband and former Democratic President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
Despite showing his support for Clinton in 2008, Trump referred to her as a “world-class liar” while campaigning against her in 2016. Trump also endorsed Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain after he won the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.
Check Your Fact has contacted Clinton and Trump spokespersons for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.