President Donald Trump made an odd assertion on Twitter on Saturday, January 6, which has caused the question "How many times has Donald Trump run for president?" to surge more than 140 percent above normal, according to . As seen in the below tweets, Trump wrote that he transformed from being a successful businessman to a TV star to President of the U.S., with Trump adding parenthetically "on my first try." The strange and easily verifiable assertion that Trump had never run for president before has sent people to the search engine to verify that Trump indeed has run for president more than once.
As reported by the , Trump appeared in Beverly Hills on Monday, December 6, 1999, as seen in the above photo, as a "potential Reform Party presidential candidate." According to TV Guide, threw his hat into the presidential ring as a Reform Party candidate and in the California primary, garnered more than 15,000 votes.