According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, Trump was in talks to play the commander-in-chief in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. Eventually, he turned it down because, as the producer recalls Trump’s lawyer saying, “Donald’s thinking about making a legitimate run for the presidency.”
Consider the timeline here: Asylum, the production company behind Sharknado, reaches out to Trump to play the President of the United States in the third installment a few months before he announced his candidacy. Trump is enthusiastic about the opportunity, but ultimately pulls out in order to run for—wait for it—President of the United States.
Now, we all know Trump had been toying around with the idea of a presidential run for years. Yet, given what we know about the man, could the notion of someone offering him to play the president in a movie about a tornado that unleashes bloodthirsty sharks down the eastern seaboard somehow make him think—really think—he could be president in real life?
Probably not. Vicious tornado sharks aside, he's likely always thought he could be president in real life.
But in the spirit of blaming whoever and whatever we can for the results of the 2016 presidential election, I’ll go ahead and say what's on everyone's mind: it’s all Sharknado’s fault.