On 16 June 2015, the then mogul announced his White House run. Four years on, reporters who covered that Trump Tower speech recall the lies and bombast that now define his presidency
Given everything that has happened in the past four years, its not a huge surprise to learn that the first words of Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign were a lie.
Four years ago, on 16 June 2015, after Trump had slowly descended a golden escalator to the basement of his eponymous New York tower, he clambered on to a makeshift stage and began his announcement speech.
Wow. Woah. That is some group of people. Thousands! Trump said, looking out towards a bank of TV cameras.
Except thats not how people who were there remember it.
There were a few dozen people lining the area leading down to the escalator, and then there were a couple dozen downstairs where the event actually took place, said Alana Wise, who covered the campaign launch for Reuters news agency.
That kind of frenetic energy that we got later on, Wise said, it just wasnt there.
Trumps misinterpretation of the number of attendees kicked off what would be a surreal afternoon, as the businessman set off on an offensive, angry speech, the nadir of which saw Trump accuse Mexico of sending rapists to the US.
The rhetoric worked: he was soon at the top of the Republican polls. But its a sign of how Trumps candidacy was viewed that covering his campaign wasnt seen as a particularly senior gig.
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