The Federalist ― a conservative student publication that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, co-founded while in college at Columbia University ― once mocked the idea of Trump running for president.
A brief item in the October 1987 issue of The Federalist (then known as The Federalist Paper) featured readers’ suggestions for U.S. president, accompanied by dry, unsigned responses from the staff, which Gorsuch led at the time.
“Trump should run for pres,” one reader wrote.
“With Zeckendorf as VP, perhaps?” the Fed responded.
The sarcastic reply referred to William Zeckendorf, a famous New York real estate developer who went bankrupt in 1965 and by 1987 had been dead for over a decade.
Gorsuch seems to have recognized that youthful quips and foibles can be dredged up by reporters. In November 1987, The Federalist Paper published an unsigned editorial that argued against using college writings against public figures.