In a press conference at Trump Tower in New York, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Tuesday that “Variety” and “Hollywood Reporter” are “much better than the political press” when it comes to covering his impact on the high ratings for this election cycle’s primary debates.
TRUMP: What I will say is this. The networks have made a fortune because of me. Not because of everybody else. You know they were saying that the last cycle they had 2 million and 1 million people, and the networks didn’t even want to broadcast it because nobody watched. Now they’ve had 25 million people, 24 million people, 23 million people and 16 million people. So somebody said “how did they get there?” And actually, ‘Variety’ and ‘Hollywood Reporter’ — who do report this stuff well, much better than the political press — said solely for one reason, and it was Trump. I’ll take the credit.