At age forty-three, Donald Trump's 'Playboy' Interview presaged what would be one of the most important elections since the end of the Cold War. The snips are amazingly prophetic.
PB: How far are you willing to push adversaries?
Trump: I will demand anything I can get. When you're doing business, you take people to the brink of breaking them without having them break, to the maximum point their heads can handle—without breaking them. That's the sign of a good businessman: Somebody else would take them 15 steps beyond their breaking point.
PB: What if your pushing results in losing the deal?
Trump: Then I pushed him too far. I would have made a mistake. But I don't. I push to the maximum of what he can stand and I get a better deal than he gets.
PB: How do you feel about Japan's economic pre-eminence?
Trump: Japan gets almost 70 percent of its oil from the Persian Gulf, relies on ships led back home by our destroyers, battleships, helicopters, frog men. Then the Japanese sail home, where they give the oil to fuel their factories so that they can knock the hell out of General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford. Their openly screwing us is a disgrace. Why aren't they paying us?