FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver famously predicted all 50 states of the 2012 election -- but when it came to forecasting Donald Trump's chances, he was completely wrong.
He's not the only one. Political pundits, newscasters and celebrities have doubted Trump since he announced his candidacy last June. They've called him everything from a "comical figure" to a "blowhard" and compared him at times to Hitler.
They've also badly underestimated the chances of the now de facto GOP nominee.
Here are 12 of the most regrettable remarks made by talking heads about the man for whom all bets should now be off.
The political team over at Young Turks isn't fond of Trump, even imposing a ban on coverage early in his campaign. Back on Aug. 10, Uygur observed that Trump was only running for publicity to help build his name and put it on more buildings.
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Back on June 18, the Huffington Post senior politics editor went on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to say, "No one is doubting his entertainment value or the fact that he can deliver a good line and the fact that he might have an impact on a debate stage. That's not in doubt. But to say that makes him serious is ridiculous."
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The political consultant and former Mitt Romney strategist went on CNN last October to compare Trump to a "Division III [football team] with a really trash-talking coach who says he's gonna take on and win the National Championship ... even though he hasn't won a game." He continued: “I don’t think he’s going to be on the ballot by Feb. 1,."
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