Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

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Donald Trump says he's now the wealthiest candidate in the 2016 presidential race -- but he'll have a hard time convincing his more casual followers that he's serious about being the most qualified person to occupy the Oval Office.

Trump defied the naysayers who predicted he'd never run for President at his announcement rally Tuesday at the Trump Tower in New York City. But his hyperbolic speech contained snatches of the rambling, oddball rants the reality TV star's Twitter followers have come to expect of him.

Trump has embraced "birtherism" and vaccine fear-mongering and made more than a few racially tinged comments over the past few years as he's flirted with running for office in various media appearances and on Twitter.

Here are some of the most notable things Trump has said in the lead-up to the official launch of his presidential campaign.

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Federal prosecutors filed a motion Friday asking a judge to place "sensitive information" in the case against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) under seal, including the identity of the individual with whom Hastert allegedly struck an agreement to pay out $3.5 million in hush money for reported sexual abuse.

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