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Trump's Out

Here’s the statement:

After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.

I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country’s conversation. They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country’s top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate.

I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs.

Thank you and God Bless America!

Donald J. Trump


Gotta love that he refuses to acknowledge his plummet in the polls and continues to assert that he could win, a hypothesis that can only be defended by refusing to test it.

In other news, I want you all to know that I could play center field for the Yanks, make the hall of fame, and be a Beatle.  But my passions lie elsewhere.


  1. That’s right, Don, just close your eyes and click your heels and it will all be true.

    Donald Trump’s run for presidency will be briefly remembered as one of the most ridiculous moments in US political history. Then it will be forgotten completely.


  2. DTOzone

    and NBC renewed his show yesterday. Welcome to the mother of all publicity stunts. You’ve all been had.

  3. jsfox

    which was all he had is forever tainted. He has exposed himself as a fool to a far wider audience than I think he knows or is willing to admit. I  predict that Apprentice numbers continue to erode next year.

  4. And a man who has multiple bankruptcies waxing poetic on the nation’s debt structure is sort of cute. In the end, he has used this to try to boost ratings, and I won’t be surprised if he has a book out soon. This has been nothing more than an attempt to boost his own public image, and nothing more–and to do so to get ratings for the only money maker he has left. Trump is a desperate bastiche who has given up doing much of anything than producing a TV show and acting as a personality, as opposed to an actual businessman.

    Which, does make him mildly attractive to the set who liked GW in that he would be an easily controllable candidate, but I think that this election cycle is sort of in the same place that the Republicans were at with Clinton’s first term.

    This election isn’t about winning, it’s about who will fall on their sword for the party, while trying to throw as many monkeywrenches into the works to make 2016 a big win for both Houses and the Big Chair.

  5. HappyinVT

    sources, including p m carpenter, but this is, like, wow!

    … see Chris Cillizza’s comment in The Washington Post that “Trump’s Icarus-like rise and fall in the 2012 presidential race is likely to wind up as no more than a footnote in the story of this election. But, that doesn’t mean the Trump saga – and, it was a saga – is without lessons to be learned by the Republican candidates who will run for president in 2012.”


    First, “Icarus-like”? No, I don’t think a prideful Trump ignored his father’s wishes and destroyed himself by flying too close to the sun. Trump played a schoolyard bully until President Obama boxed him and mocked him, at which point the thuggish self-promoter withdrew, having met his strategic objective to get his television program renewed. Icarus wished his result was like Trump’s.

    Second, “likely to wind up as no more than a footnote”? Why the weasel-word `likely’? The episode was always going to be a footnote, and it is never going to be anything but a footnote. Unless it was left out entirely.

    Third, “the Trump saga-and it was a saga”? Not to be pedantic, but in what way does this episode of applied cynicism equate with “a medieval Scandinavian story of battles, customs, and legends, narrated in prose and generally telling the traditional history of an important Norse family” or, more generally, “any long story of adventure or heroic deeds”? Not adventurous, not heroic, not Scandanavian, and not even long. Cillizza might have won style points for using `saga’ as hyperbole, but instead lost them with his dunderheaded insistence on defining this bubble as a saga.

    Finally, after three excursions into crap writing, Cillizza finally reaches the point of the sentence, which is that the Trump campaign is not “without lessons to be learned by the Republican candidates who will run for president in 2012. The most important lesson? Confrontation is good. Confrontation works.”


    The rest of the piece is just as brutal (and true).

  6. HappyinVT

    A Public Policy Polling survey finished last week found that Donald Trump trailed Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), 40% to 36%, in a (very) hypothetical presidential contest.

    No offense, Dennis.

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