Donald Trump believes he draws so many television viewers t0 the 2016 presidential race that there’d be a “depression” without him.
“There’d be a major collapse of the race, and there’d be a major collapse of television ratings,” Trump told the New York Times Monday. “It would become a depression in television.”
The real estate mogul added that without him in the race, there’s no reason to tune in.
“I wouldn’t even be watching it probably, and neither would anybody else,” he said.
It’s doubtful a Donald-less presidential campaign would create a soup line filled with TV news producers, but he’s not wrong to take credit for a ratings renaissance thanks to his entry into the race.
Fox News had the highest debate ratings ever with 24 million tuning in; CNN followed with 23 million.