Donald Trump takes credit for Lady Gaga’s success in his new book

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Donald Trump must have welts on his back from patting it so much. His new book, Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, would probably be better titled, How I, Donald Trump, Am #1, And How My #1-ness Has Rubbed Off On America. At least based on the excerpts that have been released thus far.

Because Lady Gaga clearly lacks the ambition, innovation, and talent to have made it on her own, Trump writes,

“She became a big star and maybe she became a star because I put her on the Miss Universe Pageant. It’s very possible, who knows what would have happened without it, because she caused a sensation."

I think a lot of things happened to Lady Gaga that helped her get to where she is now, and The Donald is not usually (or ever?) listed among them in stories of Gaga's rise to fame. (It looks like people actually don't even remember that she performed at Miss Universe.) But besides Trump's supposedly invaluable influence on Gaga's career, he seems to really believe that his endorsement is all any Republican candidate needs to cinch the presidential race.

"Some magazines have said I am the single most important endorsement a presidential candidate can have. I don’t know if that’s true, but it wouldn’t surprise me. I don’t say that to brag; I just tell it like it is.”

I mean, uh, who wouldn't want to be endorsed by the former laughingstock of the presidential race — whose only platform (that Obama wasn't born in the U.S.) was swiftly disproved? Though I'd be interested to find out which magazines (plural!) said such a thing. I couldn't find any quotes like that (at least not any that weren't from Trump himself) after a Google search, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. It's not as though Trump is known for pulling things out of his ass, or anything.