Trump Claims He Ran For President Once, Picture Proves Otherwise (Photo)

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President Donald Trump says he ran for president only once.

That's what he tweeted on Jan. 6, reports Inquisitr.

The tweet began: "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart." 

As late author Christopher Hitchens noted in the pages of Vanity Fair in 2010, the word "like" used as in Trump's tweet "is an example of 'filler' words being used as props, to try to shore up a lame sentence." 

Although the usage is not new, it was perfected in its modern form by California "Valley Girls," as satirized by Moon Unit Zappa in the 1982 song of the same name. Like, totally.

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"Many parents and teachers have become irritated to the point of distraction at the way the weed-style growth of 'like' has spread through the idiom of the young," Hitchens added.

Although overused in spoken language, it is less common in written communication, as in Trump's tweet.

But it was his claim to have never previously run for president that made this particular tweet controversial. 

"I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star, to President of the United States (on my first try)," he wrote.

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Social media users were quick to point out that many other presidents were also elected on their first try, notes Inquisitr.

Trump's statement led many people to Google the question: "How many times has Donald Trump run for president?" This represented a 40 percent increase in people asking that question, according to Google Trends. 

TV Guide attempted to answer that question in 2015. 

"Since the late 1980s, Trump has threatened, with varying degrees of seriousness, to enter the race," the magazine observed.

Under the headline "Here's a Timeline of Every Time Trump Ran for President," TV Guide concluded that the only previous time he ran for president was in 2000, when he entered the race as a Reform Party candidate and received more than 15,000 votes in the party's California primary.

In 2003-2004, while hosting his reality show "The Apprentice," he considered a run for president, but ultimately decided not to.

In May 2011, again after much speculation about a presidential run, he officially announced that he would not pursue it. 

In 2013, he formed a presidential exploratory committee and, despite a strong backing from Republican voters, once again decided against it. 

Finally, in June 2015, Trump formally announced his candidacy for president in a speech delivered from Trump Tower in New York City. 

Sources: Inquisitr, Vanity Fair, TV Guide / Featured Image: Donald Trump 2000 presidential campaign/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Talking Points Memo, The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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