Hogan writes that he told them he had no interest in launching “a suicide mission” if he didn’t think he had a prayer to win: “But a short, energetic campaign might be right up my alley. ‘I’m pretty good at retail politics,’ I said.”

“I’m not just wandering around the states hitchhiking,” Hogan recalls joking to reporters in New Hampshire after a trip to Iowa.

Hogan says he waited for Trump to unleash a nickname:

“I assumed he would go with ‘Fat Larry,’ an obvious choice as I had admittedly put on some weight since my cancer battle. Or maybe ‘Cancer Boy.’ That would be a good one. But it didn’t happen.”