Donald Trump is the presumptive US Republican presidential nominee. This is a real thing that has happened.

So now seems like a good moment to remember some of the many, many times we in the news media said this day would never come.

Trump signs in Indiana. Photo / AP
Trump signs in Indiana. Photo / AP

The media folks on this list shouldn't feel too badly; almost everyone else was wrong, too - including three-quarters of the US electorate, which in July believed that Trump was not a serious candidate, according to Gallup.

If you were a believer from the beginning, good for you. But you probably weren't.

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In no particular order, here's a sampling of the most wrong media predictions about Trump's candidacy:

1

Our emphatic prediction is simply that Trump will not win the nomination. It's not even clear that he's trying to do so

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2

Historians looking back will peg the beginning of the end of the Trump show to his New Hampshire moment last week

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3

Trump has every right to run. This is a democracy after all. But what he should not get is covered as though this is an even-close-to-serious attempt to either win the Republican nomination or influence the conversation in GOP circles in any significant way. It's not

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4

The chance of his winning [the] nomination and election is exactly zero

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5

Trump is no more going to actually win the nomination than Sanders is

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When the primaries arrive early next year, the Trump vote will subdivide further among the other Republican tortoises. If he stays in, Donald Trump becomes another presidential also-ran. With ostentation suitable to his stature, Mr Trump should retire to a skybox, and enjoy what he has wrought

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9

Donald Trump is not going to be the next president of the United States. This reporter is already on record pledging to eat a bag of rusty nails if the real estate tycoon with the high hair manages to snag the GOP nomination, much less takes down likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton next (autumn)

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10

Now, seriously, does anyone other than The Donald truly believe his fame and fortune are going to get him anywhere in a Republican presidential primary, let alone a general election? His candidacy has been a joke from the start. He makes for great copy, but so did Jack the Ripper

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11

We're told from (pretty much) every analyst out there - liberal, conservative, doesn't matter -- to not take Trump seriously, and they're right

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12

It's going to be Rubio. I'm telling you: It's going to be Rubio

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