Donald Trump recalls Michael Dukakis at Ohio tank plant

The president said he wanted to get into one of the tanks but was stopped by the memory of the former Massachusetts governor's infamous 1988 presidential campaign moment.

President Donald Trump takes a tour Wednesday of the Lima Army Tank Plant in Lima, Ohio. –The Associated Press

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump, touring an Ohio Army tank plant, says he wanted to get into one of the vehicles but was stopped by the memory of Michael Dukakis.

Trump says Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate, “tanked when he got into the tank.”

He adds that Dukakis’ helmet was “bigger than he was” and that “was not good.”

Dukakis’ was ridiculed during the 1988 campaign after he donned a military helmet and rode in a tank, intending to portray himself as worthy of becoming commander in chief. Dukakis’ Republican rival, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, ran campaign ads with images of Dukakis in the tank.

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Most politicians since then have avoided wearing anything on their heads, but Trump often wears caps bearing his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.