Yes, it's still 2015 and Donald Trump is a presidential candidate and not a president, but he thinks he deserves Secret Service protection, and it hasn't escaped his notice that Barack Obama already had it by this point in the 2008 election cycle. He tells the Hill that his campaign events draw crowds of 20,000, rivaling those Obama was attracting when he was given Secret Service protection in May 2007. "Personally, I think if Obama were doing as well as me he would've had Secret Service [earlier]," Trump says. "They're in no rush because I'm a Republican. They don't give a shit," he adds jokingly. "Of course I don't think they’d want anything to happen. But I would think they should be very proactive."
Trump—who says he doesn't have much time for golf anymore—adds he's been in preliminary talks with the Secret Service, but the agency hasn't said when or if he'll get government protection. "I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability," he says. Trump boosted his private security detail in July after a purported Twitter threat from an escaped Mexican drug cartel honcho, but a Homeland Security rep says he's made no official request for government protection; if such a request were made, a discussion with House and Senate leaders from both parties would follow. (See what Trump would choose as his Secret Service name.)