May 9th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Is a presidential run already over for Trump?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The morning after his TV show "Celebrity Apprentice" was interrupted by the breaking news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Donald Trump released a statement congratulating President Obama and calling for an end to party politics for "the next several days."
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He has been uncharacteristically quiet since, especially for a guy who spent weeks adding fuel to the “birther” controversy, badgering the president on a number of issues and tiptoeing around talk of his own presidential run in 2012.

Chances are Trump has been quiet, in part, because he is still smarting from the White House Correspondents' dinner two Saturdays ago. President Obama and the evening's emcee, "Saturday Night Live's" Seth Myers, separately skewered Trump at the gala event with a series of jokes on everything from his lack of political experience to his hair. It was a world class beatdown, and by the look on his face - Trump was there– he didn't take the jokes very well. But luckily for him, the news on bin Laden limited that embarrassment quickly.

Last week Trump announced he was pulling out of an appearance to drive the Indianapolis 500 pace car at the upcoming race on May 29th. Trump said it wouldn't be appropriate for the spotlight to be on him during the race's 100th anniversary if he had a possible presidential run on his mind. It may be the first time in recorded history that Donald Trump declined the spotlight.

Then there's this: According to a CNN Opinion Research poll, 57 percent of Americans say Trump is tough enough to handle a crisis in this country and 51 percent say he can get the economy back on its feet. But only 37 percent say Trump can manage the government. And only about one-third says he's honest and trustworthy. These poll numbers are as dismal as his chances of being elected.

Here’s my question to you: Is a presidential run already over for Donald Trump?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

H.J. in St. Paul, Minnesota:
When Obama made a public spectacle of him, he was finished. The guy is a joke. Once someone called him out, he was going to be done. I mean he took credit for insulting the president into showing a non-necessary piece of identification. What a chump.

Tom in Texas:
It was over before he started, and everyone knew it but him. However, I am still hoping he will be the Republican candidate because there will be no one easier to beat.

Paul in New Port Richey, Florida:
Trump didn't get where he is by throwing in the towel when things got a little tough. I like his in-your-face, no-nonsense style. It's too soon to count him out.

Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts:
Did you see the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Trump left despondent, but the look on his wife's face said it all. It was over that night. And that was before Obama got Osama.

Donald in Burkesville, Kentucky:
I seriously doubt that Obama is worried about running against Trump. If Trump could somehow win the Republican nomination, Obama's 2012 victory would be the biggest landslide in history. On the other hand, Trump could just do enough damage to any other prospective GOP candidate that the end result would be the same. Personally, I believe Trump is an Obama supporter in disguise and will disrupt the GOP efforts in 2012, thus being President Obama's Trump-card.

Steve in New York:
Obviously the press has already destroyed him. Left-wingers have spoken. Even though Trump is right in everything he has said, the press doesn't like the way he said it.

There you go: That's how we pick our presidents in this country.

Josh in New York, New York:
Trump for President? Fuggedaboutit! I was hoping he'd last longer, just because I like a good laugh. The idea of his candidacy was preposterous from the start. He makes Sarah Palin look like the thinking voter's candidate. Donald Trump's enduring contribution to society is the fact that he is the living embodiment of the notion that "money doesn't buy class."

Filed under: 2012 Election • Donald Trump • Election Process • Elections
soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Anonymous Citizen

    Some people might vote for Trump but no one is going to let his hair become President!

    May 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  2. Norm

    Every candidate brings good and bad ideas to the table. Mr. Trump's skills are narrow and specific. They do not reflect the qualities of a President who must be a specialist and a generalist.

    Some say he has business experience. The only business experience I wish to see in a President is honesty, integrity and basic entreprenurism in which a person builds a business from scratch and earns fair, honest returns over time based on individual, personal skill and tenacity.

    May 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  3. Terrence Cain

    It never really started, so of course Trump's presidential run is over with. It was ploy for the monkeys to follow and you did just what the organ grinder wanted. So go ahead, dance monkey dance!

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, TX.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  4. barbara in nc

    OVER? It never started except in the minds of you talking heads with 24 hrs/day headline spin to keep going.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  5. Jane (Minnesota)

    I never took his candidacy seriously in the first place, but after watching the Washington Press Dinner and watching his reaction to the ribbing from the President and Seth Myers, I'd say it's over.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  6. Chicago Jim

    If President Barack Obama so deflated Donald Trump's balloon by showing his birth certificate, it only underscored Trump's weakness as a presidential candidate. It now seems to me that when Barack Obama showed the world his birth certificate, he was, in essence, telling Mister Trump "your fired.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  7. David

    Let's hope not. It will be just too much fun to watch the news media and Obama have at him. His ego is far bigger than the Hindenburg, after all, and this would be reality entertainment at its very best!

    May 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Larry Feierstein

    I did not realize it ever began. The Apprentice is over, time for the Donald to promote something else he is building or producing. Watch as he sails into the sunset (or helicopters). Stick a fork in him , please, he's done.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  9. Mike in St. Paul

    After nearly ten angry, divisive years, Bin Laden is finally dead. If the economy is better by election time, everyone's presidential run will be over (except Obama's).

    May 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  10. Vicki

    He never even had a shot at it.
    He is all talk.
    Bye bye big baby Trump.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  11. Jayne

    Did anyone take "the Donald" seriously? Maybe he can become president of the local Elks Club.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  12. Conor in Chicago

    It should be. But of course, this is America. In a country that made Arnold Scwartzenaggar Governor of California and elected George W Bush twice as President it's safe to say we are pretty good at elected complete idiots to our most powerful offices.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  13. Brad Henning, Portland, OR

    Trump will probably announce that he won't be running on the last episode of Celebrity Apprentice.

    This has all been a stunt to boost his ratings.

    On the off chance that he DOES run, he'll quit early on, as soon as thing start to get a little tough for him.

    He definitely won't be on the ballot for the Republican primaries.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  14. Anita in NYC

    Let's hope so.

    He can go back to selling his name "branding" as he calls it and putting it on everything from Vodka to shirts and ties (made in China btw).

    When he isnt doing that he can put up more gold buildings with his name in two story high letters.

    We need him running for the White House like we need a hole in the head.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  15. BULL

    I sure hope so. Talk about someone that is not leader material Trumps your man. He can make money that's about it. He can cuss pretty well also but that's not a requirement the last time I checked.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  16. David of Alexandria VA

    Yes, I think it's about to get Newkt. But, I think he has suckered us all into paying attention to him, raising some interesting perspectives, and myabe getting some gigs as a talking head on the one of the news shows (How about it, Jack - you ready for The Donald as your co-pilot?)

    May 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  17. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Are you kidding? Trump never even got to the starting gate to begin with. He is and never was serious candidate potential. He only wanted publicity for his stupid "reality" show for has been, never been and never will be celebrities.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  18. Greg in Arkansas

    ...but sadly, I am going to miss him because without loonies like Trump, Palin, Bachmann and Newt, your program Jack, although very informative, would be about as exciting as PBS.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  19. Loren, Chicago

    Hope so, he's a self-important buffoon, only thinking of where he can make his next buck, and usually off the rest of us. Why you in the press took him seriously in the first place reflects the gullibility of th national press.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  20. Mike Todaro, Marietta, GA

    Reword it – is Trump's mouth done running about president? And the answer to that and yours is ... who cares? I say let's embrace Kerry for once – and all shut up.....except you Jack !!

    May 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  21. Gary H. Boyd

    The Donald's recent test flight to the White House barely cleared the trees, caught some branches in the landing gear and had to return to the runway. I see a remarkable comparison between that and Howard Hughes' brief flight of the Spruce Goose back in 1947. Iwhich was airborne only briefly and never flew again. Whether Trump can fix the self-inflicted damage seems unlikely.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  22. lou

    He was never serious about running for president. At the end of May he will announce his new talk or reality show, probably on the Fox network. It may seem like an elaborate way to draw attention to a TV show, but the Donald never does anything without fireworks.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  23. Woody

    Sure it is ...has never, ever been possible that he would be nominated. My gosh, the Republicans aren't ignoring the reality of the fact that we Americans really want someone who can gain respect ...not just either irritate us or make us laugh (or, in his case, both!!)

    May 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  24. Salih Wright

    Did it ever start Jack?

    Salih From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    May 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  25. jimmy in greenville nc

    I really don't think Trump was ever a serious candidate. His run reminds me of the run for President by another comedian, Pat Paulsen. If we as a nation elect Trump..........then we need to turn in our charter and ask Great Britain to take us back into the fold.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  26. winnie

    The presidential run for Donald Trump was never started , it was a joke the same as his hair. lol.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  27. Dave in Phoenix

    Yes, Trump...yer fired.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Over? Did he ever really have one started? I wouldn't call a "serious" run one that dealt only with trying to humiliate the President of the United States for his own personal gain and popularity. With Mr. Trump as president, I'm afraid we'd be on our way to becoming a thugocracy.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  29. Al from Orlando

    Trump has his mouth full with the next apprentice who will never make
    it to Journeyman or women

    May 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  30. John Moore - New Britain, PA

    Jack, Somehow I think it was never a serious effort. Even someone as arrogant as Trump couln't really expect to be able to bully and bluff his way to the Presidency. Actually I think this recent farce has done nothing but diminish his image, we see him better now than ever before. A braggard, a bully, streetwise but not really smart and lacking in class. Somethings money cannot buy.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  31. Scott in Bellingham

    I hadn't heard Donald Trump had announced yet. I think it's premature to suggest his presidential run is already over if it hasn't even started.

    So Donald Trump used a couple of cuss words while speaking to a large loving audience. Some people are suggesting this is not presidential.

    Well, the Constitution defends free speech, and 3/4ths of American voters cuss just like Mr. Trump everyday and on the same subjects. I'd say if Donald Trump actually decides to run for president Americans against certain free speech should just step out of the way of a Trump avalance of support.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  32. Lori - PA


    We don't even know yet if Trump will run for President of the United States. Shouldn't you wait until he makes it official to ask that question?

    May 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  33. Al from Orlando

    Trump runs are not quite over but forunately he has his name on
    the stall door. Al in Fl.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  34. John from Alabama

    Jack: Trump's ratings have tanked, and he needs a new fad, besides his hair. Donald Trump might be a good showman, but he is not a good presidential candidate. How many failed projects has he had over the last 25 years? America, we need to get real.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  35. Donald

    Trump makes a lot of noise about Obama’s birth certificate. Finally, Obama decides to make it public. This might to some people seem to show the strength of Trump. I seriously doubt that Obama is worried about running against Trump. If Trump could somehow win the Republican primary, Obama’s 2012 victory would be the biggest landslide in history. On the other hand, Trump could just do enough damage to any other prospective GOP candidate that the end result would be the same. Personally, I believe Trump is an Obama supporter in disguise and will disrupt the GOP efforts in 2012, thus being President Obama’s Trump-card.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  36. tom Doyle, Texas

    It was over before he started and everyone knew it but him. However I am still hoping he will be the republican candidate because there will be no one easier to beat.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  37. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think Trump's presidential race was over before it ever got started. For being a builder he should have known you need a good foundation. He tried building his presidential race on a weak foundation, with focusing on president Obama birth certificate. Plus he cannot take a punch. He is to thin skin with too many skeletons in his closet. The only thing he accomplished was making himself good fodder for late night shows and comedians.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  38. Paul From Austin, texas

    We can only hope Trump's chance to run is over. However with the field of people that are in for the run now he may not. The GOP needs a good strong candidate and I do not see that in anyone so far. Maybe Trump is just trying to prove if you got the money you can get the office. His run should of been over when started all the birther stuff and the I have heard Obama was a bad student. He is just as far out as the rest of them.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  39. Uche

    How could it be over? Common sense and politics don't go together. If Palin enjoys the kind of support she gets from republicans, why wouldn't trump find enough people to support him? Let's not get carried away here. If obama found the cure for cancer, fixed the American economy and found jobs for every unemployed American out there, republicans are resourceful enough to find a list of reasons to hate him further. And these are the people who will vote for the trumps and Palin's. That's just the way it is.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  40. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It was over before it ever started. But look at all of the press that he's gotten for his lastest reality show, "The Donald Duck Show" starring Donald Trump.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  41. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl.

    Trump didn't get where he is by throwing in the towel when things got a little tough. I like his 'in your face' no nonsense style. It's too soon to count him out.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  42. adem

    Was he considering seriously ? I thought he was joking.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  43. Bud

    " Is a presidential run already over for Donald Trump?"
    Who knows what the next year or so will bring? However, The Donald's Presidential designs are not to be no matter what he does next. His "New York Boss" style is simply not fetching to the American people.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  44. HJ - Saint Paul, MN

    When Obama made a public spectacle of him, he was finished. The guy is a joke. Once someone called him out he was going to be done. I mean he took credit for insulting the president into showing a non-necessary piece of identification. What a chump.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  45. Dennis in Florida

    Get Serious.

    It never started ! ! ! !


    May 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  46. Grant Heggie

    I certainly hope so. Now , if the media (mainstream and otherwise) would just ignore him he'd disappear altogether. Honestly, Jack, he's no longer news, he's just a bankruptcy abusing fool!

    May 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  47. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    I don't believe for a moment that Trump doubts President Obama's citizenship or intellect, which makes his behavior even more despicable. The President indeed had better things to do, and any good ideas Trump may have had died along with his chances and Osama bin Laden.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  48. Bill in Portales, NM

    Yes! When a presidential candidate has to fill his answers with explitives–it's over!

    That interview I saw of Trump was embarassing. I don't often feel sorry for candidates.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  49. riley oday

    Yes its over. he was not serious anyway. he just likes the camera and talking to it.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  50. Dennis north carolina

    you will never know with the trump but he will never get elected.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  51. Sylvia from San Diego

    I hope not... He is the only candidate so far that gets my vote.... He articulates what many of us think and he is a successful business man with experience.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  52. Bud Rupert

    Definetly it's over. After Krauthammer called him a Clown on national TV and the President made a mockery of him (and he deserved it) at the Correspondents Dinner "The Donald" can go back to his tacky mega million mansions and continue to be self obsorbed without anyone giving a hoot.....If the GOP exepcts to have any chance at all (and that's a BIG IF) they need for the grownups to takeover now. If Huntsman runs it could get interesting

    May 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  53. Erin

    Jack, do you seriously think there is anyone out there that would 'stump for Trump?' Puleeease!

    Santa Rosa, CA

    May 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  54. Kevin in CA

    It was over when everyone saw what a potty mouth he is.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  55. cal

    Yes. All he did was make the press new for a short time. after he was hammered by MSNBC NBC CBS CNN FOX. He quit. which one will be next Palin is always a good line by MSNBC.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  56. Terry in Virginia

    As long as the "Apprentice" is on, Mr. Trump will continue this hair-brained scheme to get publicity for himself and his shows.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  57. Josh C From NYC

    Trump for President? Fugedaboutit! I was hoping he'd last longer, just because I like a good laugh. The idea of his candidacy was preposterous from the start. He makes Sarah Palin look like the thinking voter's candidate. Donald Trump's enduring contribution to society is the fact that he is the living embodiment of the notion that "money doesn't buy class."

    May 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  58. Rich McKinney, Texas

    At best Trump could steal a few votes away from worthy candidates. I think he is doing all this yammering to boost his show ratings and make a few dollars off of appearances while he is at it.. Once the real presidential race gets under way Trump will be left behind like a fart in a whirl wind.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  59. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Yes, Jack, "The Donald" has jumped the shark politically! He has made some valid policy points but his tinfoil hat often shows under his elaborate comb-over. What is it about businessmen who run for president that they let the crazy show? Ross Perot feared the black helicopters and Trump is proud he made the president release his long-form birth certificate. What a worthless distraction from the serious issues our country faces!

    May 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  60. Steve, Clifton, VA

    At best, Trump made a presidential end run for the Republican nomination, and he couldn't do that without committing political suicide. In answer to your question, I believe that America has said "You're Fired" to Donald Trump in his quest to be nominated as a serious candidate for the 2012 presidential race.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  61. Irene

    One can only hope. The Donald is the biggest clown in the republican circus of stars.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  62. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    That diamond of a capitalist who would rather use a club than his heart? Yes, Trump's run is over–in spades.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  63. Bolaji

    You bet it is. While he was investing time haunting Obama, Obama was busy hunting down Osama.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  64. Tony

    He never intended to run, Jack. He played the media, the Republican Party just so he could feed into his narcissism! I just hope his run for ratings and renewal of his NBC show has come to an end, too! It would be right after hoodwinking all of us!

    Tony Ginn
    Tacoma, WA

    May 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  65. Rick McDaniel


    No one is out, until they say they are out, or the primary is conducted.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  66. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Old news. His “presidential run” never got off the ground. You in the media were suckered and gave him millions in free publicity for his show. End of story.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  67. Joe CE

    Looks like the 2012 bid will be NO TRUMP. His string of obsenties and acting a fool with the birther issue has deflated him. Perhaps he simply was getting free publicity for himself & this show as many suspect. He should have such with the trade issue wher he had a real issue..

    May 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |

    Yes it is, and I hope he's proud of it. He did it all on his own.
    He is living proof that money can't buy you intelligence, or a good rug for that matter.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  69. Lois, Ontario, CANADA

    Yes, absolutely. 'The 'The Donald' is a smart savvy man but he is self destructive by all the noises he made.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  70. Pete from Georgia

    Donald Trump is a pompous clown, an embarrassment to ANY American political party, an egotistical narcissist of monumental proportions.
    Yet........................compared to what currently occupies the White House he would be a HUGE improvement.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  71. Phil, Georgia

    It should Be! Trump is the latest revealed Republican, suppose to be "grown up" that shows how our country could be going through life or death times while the Republican party is focused on trivial issues instead of solving Real American problems. Fidling while the Titantic sinks.....

    May 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

    Is a presidential run already over for Donald Trump?

    It was a publicity stunt Jack, the Donald isn't really go to run. No one of value takes him seriously.

    Roseville CA

    May 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  73. Richard from Utah

    To tell you the truth Jack, I always thought that his running was a joke. I voted for the President Obama and that would be nice if Trump was their cantedet. Maybe he could get Palin to run with him. I think that would be a great ticket.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  74. Sean in Michigan

    Trump was a non-starter from the beginning. Everyone knows you wouldn't be voting for Trump as much as you would be for his ego.
    He got his free publicity and many were amused. Now it's time to take his pulpit away.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  75. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Not hardly. That man can rebound and gives Obama a run for White House. Trump is a mart businessman, and a smart businessman never tells you his moves until the time is right.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  76. Bobby E. Lahmon Jackson MS

    I think it was over before it started

    May 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  77. calaurore9

    Did you see the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Trump left despondent, but the look on his wife's face said it all. It was over that night. And that was before Obama got Osama.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    May 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  78. Bill in PA

    Oh, come on, Jack. We were hoping for a Palin/Trump or Trump/Palin ticket. Now we have to be content the R. Paul or R. Santorum show. Wilbur Romney too may be out of the running but criminal pardoning Huckabee is strong in the cast of this show. We have all but forgotten when Willie Horton's pardoning candidate was nominated. but lost.

    But, the show must go on. The public can not get enough of the mud slinging and hate propaganda the right-wing nuts will provide us.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  79. Jim S

    jack, it never really started except with a few Republicans and probably with the same bunch that liked Sarah Palin.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  80. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Jack, was Trump actually running, er besides his mouth?

    May 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  81. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Trump must have thought he was running to be dictator as his platform. He's delusional

    May 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  82. David in Tampa

    Jack, Send in the clowns, there's got to be clowns. Never mind Trump is here. Paraphrased from an old Judy Collins tune.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  83. Barbara

    Oh dear god I hope not, we are in enough trouble as it is with the Rep

    Skowhegan,Me .

    May 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  84. dee


    I hope not. America could use a good laugh at this time!!



    May 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  85. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    Donald Trump created an empire on showmanship and a brand label.
    He survived bankruptcy because his creditors knew that his name alone could bail them out ultimately. He was all shadows and mirrors and this shell game worked. Do we really think that this kind of egoism will be presidential timbre?
    Good presidents are servants of the people and not promoters of themselves. Trump should look at Abraham Lincoln who put his own ego aside to right a wrong by emancipating all slaves at the expense of his own life. This is presidential timbre!

    May 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  86. Steve

    After that public skewering he took at the Correspondents dinner, he is toast...Doesn't matter if your name is Trump or whatever. If you choose to denigrate the Office of the President, and humiliate this guy in particular, he will fight back. I particularly liked the speech pre-empting Celebrity idiot on Sunday night..Well Done, Sir !!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  87. Mr. D

    I think he will stir the pot for awhile, then look in the mirror and say: "your fired."

    May 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  88. Annie, Atlanta

    I hope not. The Republican side is looking more like a bad clown act, and Trump is certainly my pick for head clown.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  89. Bonnie

    Who is Donald Trump? Oh...that's right, Sarah Palin's running mate.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  90. Brian in IL

    I believe it is because the "birther" flap was silly. If Obama were ineligible to be President we would have known it before he was ever elected. All he really accomplished was to prove his arrogance and to shoot himself in the foot. Don't believe anybody in his/her right mind would vote that way.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  91. Renee Peoria,Ill

    He never made a serious run. He does this every four years and his own ego eventually gets in the way. Trump will always put himself first; a very bad trait for a president.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  92. April, Iowa

    Yes I think it is. It's obvious Trump has made a clown out of himself and no one is going to take him seriously from here on out.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  93. Deborah Seibert,. Co

    I hope so, We need REASONALBLE people to run our country. That does not include Trump or Obama.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  94. Chuck, ID

    Maybe Trump can run for president of Pakistan, Jack. He'd look swell
    in that yellow robe and hat that Bin Laden sported in the videos.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  95. Sandstone.

    "There never was one, in my estimation! He started out with a great deal of money already invested in real-estate; from as far back as I was made aware of his name. Money does not win elections, unless the public are blind. 'A Leader' does! How do we find a Leader? We lookd a lot closer than Disney-Land, or the colour of his skin, and his dreams! We start with what did he ever win as a kid, and how far it has place him on the ladder today! I don't think you have anyone, Jack!"

    May 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  96. Birddog in Mississippi

    Trump's running for the presidency is as 'real' as his 'reality' show. It was a publicity stunt that the media went along with, and that was very unfortunate for the American people, as the focus should have been on the absolutly despicable nature of Paul Ryan's budget proposal.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  97. Gigi Oregon

    Since bullying has become such and issue in America I can't see Mr.Trump being elected. All though I enjoy watching his show I find him not to be Presidential material. Nor do I approve of narcissistic behaviour. We just got through eight years of that. And Mr. Trump being from the corporate world...we've been smothered by corporate America even longer.
    If it's not over for Mr. Trump, he should read your blog it might help to convince him to stay in "Show Business".

    May 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  98. Seth

    trump is a good businessman. but hes no candidate jack. maybe if he actually gave some ideas on how to fix the issues rather then piggy back on the birther issue and a tax on all chines products. if thats the best he can do. well im not impressed.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  99. Thom

    Trump is a man without character. it is my hope and belief that Americans will never again elect a person without character or one, like him, who is a character and not a very notable one at that. Spoiled and pampered is not a qualification for the presidency. Trump has no respect for people or their life issues. His recent juvenile rant to the foolish women's clubs in Las Vegas, who hired him to speak, is proof of his lack of respect for virtually anything. I may be old fashioned and out of it but to use vulgarity in the presence of a woman, let alone a women's group, while stumping for the highest and most respected office in the world, is pathetic and cowardly. Donald Trump, undisputedly, is a worthless human being. This cannot be undone no matter what amount of money he has, how much money he gives to charities, or how much press the media greedily gives to him. He remains and always will remain a man without character. Presidency? Hair today...Gone tomorrow.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    May 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  100. Karl in Flint

    Already over? Did it already start? I must have missed that memo.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  101. Ralph Nelson

    His is a bully. I'm an MBA and if this guy is smart you could have fooled me. What was his Graduate Management Admissions Score? I just hate to see the guy make a fool of himself, even bordering on racism toward Obama. He had such great promise at the start. He really did. He ruined the USFL and he would make a very poor president indeed. We need much better in the White House. We need a leader.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  102. AB

    Jack, let's face facts and reality: Donald J. Trump was never a serious political candidate and has demostrated this fact by making extremely stupid and embarrasing statements. Furthermore, Trump went ot a Las Vegas women's political caucus and cussed and made foolish statements about China, Libya and international diplomacy, which he neither knows nor understands. There have been many unflatering disclosures about his background over the past two weeks concerning his involvement in housing discrimination against African Americans, His failed business dealings, the fact the he bankrupted his companies four times, he runs a bogus real estate uninversity and his association with the Birther movement. I say that his candidacy was over before it began.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  103. Linda in Charleston, SC

    I'd say he cussed his way outta it.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  104. Donald in CA

    Trump couldnt get elected mayor of Gripps Mississippi, let alone president of the united states of america. The american people saw through his clown act this past month. I will continue to believe in the power of intellegence over the haters and clowns.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  105. lynne in north carolina

    I hope so. He' s done nothing but polarize this country further with the crazy birther talk and the race baiting.

    People like him don't see that this type of ugly rhetoric toward President Obama has alienated most anyone that has an ounce of decency about them.

    But I guess Mr. Trump doesn't see us as citizens since to him and his ilk, we minorities still don't count at a people after 400 years.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  106. Sandstone.

    "Level Playing-Field! I hate sick jokes jack, but maybe a need a few guy's with club-feet, to get Obama out of trouble!"

    May 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  107. Kim Smith

    Remember, Jack, this is America, and even the most far fetched and improbable things can happen if you have enough money. A circus act like Trump or a certified looney can get elected in a country full of ignorant and complacent voters.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  108. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I wouldn't hold my breath and count on the Republican party to say it's over for Trump because it doesn't appear to be the same "Grand Old Republican Party".

    May 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  109. Conrad Dreczko

    Yes, he is making a fool of himself out of his rantings

    May 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  110. Kevin San Diego Ca

    It ain't over until it's over.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  111. Dennis, Millbrae, CA

    Trump has been trumped by reason and the good judgement of most Americans.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  112. Ed

    I'd vote for him if he gets the nomination. Anyone's better than the idiot we have now. I wouldn't give him my vote for the nomination, though.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  113. M. Aves

    His "celebrity" aside, we're supposed to trust a guy w/ a gaudy sense of decor, a laughable comb-over, and THREE bankruptcies to his credit as Commander in Chief? Puh-LEEZ!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  114. Christian in New Jersey

    It wouldn't be smart for Trump to go after Obama right after he got bin Laden. When bin Laden news cycle winds down, expect Trump to resurface. Since only 15% of people think he's actually going to run, don't put too much faith in his current polling.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  115. Oyster

    I love Donald Trump and I think he should run. I'm willing to give him a chance! Go for it Trumpster!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  116. Bani watum

    Mr. Trump will demand to see death certicate of Osama Bin Laden before he decides for the Presidential run.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  117. Mike

    How could it end if it never began to begin with? And why is it no one ever really just comes out and admits that the only reason people hate is because he is successful. Its just envy.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  118. lucerot

    "Is a presidential run already over for Trump?"

    God, I hope not. Every day Trump is in the spotlight reveals how stupid and crazy the political right has become.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  119. Peri

    Absolutely Not! His run is not over at all. He is most qualified for the position and I predict that Donald Trump will be elected as the next President of the Hair Club for Men by a landslide.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  120. Ralph Spyer

    His head is to big to be president

    May 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  121. Susan from Idaho

    I'm sure The Donald has folded his tent and given up carnival barking by now. I hope he has a Valet that can help him get the egg off his face.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  122. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    yes, stick a fork in him! Today's reports of the amazing cash the former quitter and philanderer yet still GOP darling and strategist, Newt has, means Newt is serious about his next reptilian move and the oft bankrupt Donald can't keep up.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  123. Robby Robinson

    It was over before it started Jack !!

    This campaign was NEVER designed for a serious run for office, it is a well crafted plug for everything Donald.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  124. Jason from NY

    Donald Trump is a joke, he gloated about running before, and he never did. He's doing this just to get publicity, and ratings for his show. Yes, he would be good for the economy in my own opinion, but he has a lot of crazy ideas.

    Seriously Jack, would you want to vote someone who threw F's out during a speech about China? He's simply crazy! Of course it's over for him, he should just keep his mouth quiet about running in 2012.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  125. Daniel

    It's a lost cause in my opinion. People will run to vote for Obama, mainly because he is the only one that got Osama Bin Laden.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  126. Alex Radcliffe

    Presidential run over? Probably. But I would love to see Trump as someone's VP candidate...I don't think anyone could straighten out the Senate like he could.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  127. Rodger

    Please, please take Donald Trump away, way far away!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  128. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Donald will not solemnly swear.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  129. John

    Jack, did it ever really begin?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  130. Debbie

    is donald trump's bid for the presidency over? wait. was he serious? really?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  131. Marsha

    OMG, I hope so!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  132. Johnny

    You're only as sick as your secrets Mr. Trump!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  133. ronvan

    Dear Jack: While I beleive that "the Donald" is very good as a business man, everytime he gets on TV he makes a fool out of himself. Best to go back into the shadows and work on his hair.

    Van: Columbus GA.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  134. Cornelia Hendershot

    Not if he gets a new hair-do !

    May 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  135. Laurnite

    Trump presidential run was over when he started to lose his hair.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  136. Sam

    Yeah , it was over before it started, now he can give all the credit to himself for this too. Trump is just a name, that is as bad as his hair

    May 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  137. Mel

    I trust him more than I trust Politicians!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  138. Ken in NC

    A Trump for President bumper sticker says:
    TRUMP / PALIN 2012
    You're Fired / I Quit

    He stands about as much a chance as an Iceburg on the Equator.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  139. stevie68a

    What Trump doesn't know, is that greed and success are two different
    things. He thinks they're one and the same. Sorry, but this man is a
    vulgarian. The people who would vote for him are the same who think
    they can win in his casinos. (NY Magazine called them "clip joints").
    The republicans will do anything to win, even ultimately destroy the
    country in the process.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  140. Joshua Ludd

    Get the economy back on its feet? And how many times has this idiot declared bankruptcy?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  141. John

    God, I hope so. No one loves Donald Trump MORE than Donald Trump!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  142. Dan F.

    The run was over for Trump at the start. The office of the President should be taken seriously, not as some kind of scheme to gain popularity.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  143. Yuri

    Hope so, but I'll miss sheer comic relief he's offered, not the mention those fish lips while he yaps on and on!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  144. jo

    it was a joke and never got started

    May 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  145. zivo24

    The ONLY way I would have even considered voting for Trump is if my ONLY other choices were Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin or Bozo the Clown...and I'd be torn between Trump and Bozo.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  146. Tom from Nebr.

    What presidential run Jack? You mean that extended publicity stunt? Trump is a bad joke. I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher, let alone president.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  147. Mike Perry

    There are 2 people that I will not vote for.
    Trump and Palion.

    Trump cut his own throat by bringing up the citizenship issue.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  148. Dipak Shah

    What race? He was never in a race. As Seth Myers said "Trump was running as a joke". Can you imgine pompous, arrogant, ignorant, "I know it all" President and the US Congress as well as United Nations? Look at what happened to America under Bush Jr (no wonder people call him Junior). I am not a big fan of Obama, but would take Obama over an idiot Trump any day.

    My advise to him would be to learn how to count and count his money twice before he belittles people like Romney.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  149. sloppyjoe

    It's run over. He ran over it his own self.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  150. andrew in nc

    Jack, If Trump was even considering running, it was for less time than your commentary took. He knows that the only person he can beat in a primary would be Palin. Problem is, he's afraid that she may mistake him for a moose and put him down.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  151. John Aadland

    Jack, it was over before it began. Can you imagine the investigations into the union and mob deals of a New York City real estate developer? Neither can The Donald.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  152. Cliff

    Trump is toast. The one-two punch of the Correspondent's Dinner (in particular the President's crack about the Donald succesfully handling the firing of Gary Busey) and the succesful Osama bin Laden raid laid him out. He's a small man mounting a small minded run for the highest office in our nation, and President Obama crushed him before he could even really get started.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  153. Derrick Osborne

    Over or not, still want to see those tax returns, Mr. Trump! You're wealth is like a fiction novel that might be an interesting read.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  154. Robby Robinson

    The fact that he could very likely turn the country around financially is not disputed!!How he does that is a different story IE...IRS breakin' knee caps with baseball bats!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  155. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    He reminds me of another well known and inspirational presidential candidate, Donald Trump is for the 21st century what Pat Paulson was for the 20th.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  156. Lucas Rokosz

    Trumps time is done. He rode the wave as long as he could. However, just like Sarah Palins spotlight, all good things come to an end. The same folks that so closely followed Palin dumped her for Trump. Now they're waiting for the media to generate the next sideshow.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  157. JR Rippee

    Yes. Donald's 15 mins of fame are up, he has done and played his Trump card! And it's a no brainer.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  158. Neil Rillen, Parrish, Florida

    It was over long before it got started; just replay the spat with Rosy O'Donnel and the "real" Donald Trump becomes evident.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  159. BEN

    Jack, a Presidential for Donald Trump was over before it started. We all need a little entertainment sometimes and now it's back to work and stop the silliness.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  160. Babs in California

    Is a presidential run already over for Donald Trump?

    If there's a God.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  161. Dariel, Santa Rosa, CA.

    Ha! ha! ha!

    All Trump has to do to consider a run for President, is to watch all of his recent publicly aired appearances.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  162. Cynthia

    Did it ever start???

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  163. Matt


    I never underestimate the gullibility of the American people to put name recognition over what someone has actually done. While the 'roast' at the WHCD was definitely a nice burn, he was roasted on Comedy Central, and has been many times. It could just be he is simply picking another angle to dig at Obama, and gauging what the next ridiculous claim should be. I for one don't think we've seen the last of that bad hair...

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  164. John L

    Trump never intended to run for President. This whole thing was just another act to keep him in the spotlight and stroke his massive ego.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  165. Dan, Las Vegas

    I don't think it/he started. His was an irritant and spot light chaser. Plus, like you said, after "the world class beat-down" by Obama and Set...who can recover from that, especially if you're so narrow and shallow like the Trump? He doesn't meet the US presidential hopefuls stature- look, aura, and wisdom most of all- he isn't it, he doesn't have it.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  166. Antoinette T.

    Yes! We do not want a casino in the White House wih Mr. Trump cursing and bullying everybody around. Is he asking for the Death certificate of Usama Bin Laden?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  167. Chris Weaver

    God I hope not. Obama would kill him in the election. Trump cheats on his wives, cheats on his taxes, banckrupts a CASINO, and he can not be trusted. I pray the GOP nominates him as there presidential nominee. It would be awesome to find out the dirt they dig up on him.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  168. Joyce, PA

    I don't think Trump presidential material, but either is Obama

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  169. george esch

    campain over for trump? I didn"t realize it started. The only thing he is capable of is going bankrupt. We have sufficient experts already in washington to accomplesh that.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  170. Maggie @Sacramento

    Ex-cuuse me, Jack. This question is HUUUUGE! I wasn't even considering The Donald as I haven't seen an authenticated certificate that verifies his hair is real - one of the key requirements to be a US president. But seriously Jack, I started boycotting the Aoprentice weeks ago so I wouldn't have to hear his narcissitic self praises. Now if you were to ask if his daugther Ivanka might have a chance at presidency, I actually might find her to be a credible candidate as she is smart and more presidential. And so is Chelsea Clinton. Now that would be a better ticket.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  171. Brian in NC

    I certainly hope its not over. The media is so quick to count someone out. It's similar to when a "projected winner" is announced before election polls are closed thereby dissuading voters from going to the polls. It was the media that so elevated Trump in order to get ratingsand once the Bin Ladin story broke trump was no longer needed to fill airtime. All media bias aside, I think Trump is a proven executive and frankly its time either party offered up a candidate that knew as much about running an organization as well as he does. Maybe then we could get out of this debt.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  172. martin van milk

    Oh PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE say it's not over for Trump! We need as much comic relief as possible.

    If he runs, the press will have to delve into his corporate bankruptcies – he filed four times between 1991 and 2009 – and how in the 1970s, he was sued by the feds for not renting to African-Americans.

    Can not wait.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  173. Nick Vancouver British Columbia

    Yes his Presidential run may be over but if Sarah Palin runs, she could choose him for her running mate. There's still hope for you Donald! LoL

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  174. trudy Tizya

    trump should join bin laden and palen (whereever she is). he is useless when it comes to using a brain. besides his hairdo, he needs to go to school and study pol. science among other things. i cannot figure why the media would grant him 1 second of our precious time. President Obama put him in his place without mentioning his name. he is more than welcome to the republicans as noone else would have him. what an embrassment to the USA.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  175. Jim

    Only a fool would vote for Trump. No country needs a leader with such an inflated ego, but let it be known that if such a person was elected it would take place only in America. Some Americans believe we can do and say what we want. We as a people need to get of that high horse and fast.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  176. Gary Bowden

    Jack,it never really started,did it? All we got was a lot of hot air from some conceited mop top windbag who thought he knew everything,but all he did wanted was to see Obama's birth certificate.When the heat got too much for him,he got out of the kitchen real quick.He was never serious about running and the only thing he ran was his mouth.If he was really serious about helping this country,then he could have done it a long time ago,but seemed more content about promoting his lame reality show instead..I'm really surprised his ego can fit through the door..

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  177. Mike

    No It's not over!!!!! He would be a drastic improvement over what we have in the Oval Office right now!!! Who in their right mind could possibly want another Obama term. Liberalism is a mental disorder and it's ashame so many people can't appereciate what this man can do for our Country!!!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  178. Gary in Oregon

    Yes, is over but I don't believe it ever started. If he ever got a haircut no one would know who he is and that would be good. He is really a waster of air time for radio and TV. Go way Donald!!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  179. Margot

    Let us all join hands and pray that Republican clown college may soon end!!!!! Margot,from the "other" Washington

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  180. Robby Robinson

    The Donald has to many skeletons in his closet and he will NEVER open up his financial books because if he did , we would be shocked at how little TAXES this corporate giant pays, PERIOD!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  181. Malcolm

    Sorry to say Jack (but not really), Donald Trump had a different agenda in mind from the start. In my opinion; exposure was his game plan. If money is not the topic of discussion; Donald Trump is nowhere to be found. I wouldn't dare consider any of his views. The birther issue left the nastiest taste in my mouth I've ever tasted before. He can't be trusted, he lies profusely and he can't run a country. I don't know who represented that 50% who said he could get the economy back on track, maybe it was half of the people who work for him. Donald Chump should be his new name...

    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  182. Mark

    Donald brought the birther debate back to life. The debate was put to rest after the document was provided. As the leader of this debate, Trump lost. Donald, I'm sorry, your fired

    May 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  183. HMansfield

    Over? It never started. His ideas and rhetoric are no different than those you can hear from the average drunk at any happy hour.

    He is good at sensationalism, but there is no way in hell I'd elect him to represent the United States of America as Commander and Chief and have the rest of the world laughing at us.

    It bewilders me how anyone in this country, still licking it's wounds from the beat down that the greed in the mortgage industry put on us, would elect a real estate businessman to office.

    Where was Trump when real estate and mortgages were destroying the economy.? Either he knew and didn't say or do anything., or he didn't know, which means he's not as great in business as some would have us think.

    Either way, no thanks. He should stick to reality T.V.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  184. Robert (Las Vegas)

    After the birther scandal and Bin Laden, stick a fork in him he's done. Now if we can get the troops home, get the economy back on track and the gas prices down we won't have to worry about having another Bush in the whitehouse. Stay in the truck Republicans, we got this.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  185. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    Jack: I think that a presidential run for Donald Trump would get a very good boost if the "investigators" who he supposedly hired to bring back a birth certificate from Hawaii actually bring back Bin Laden's number two person Ayman al-Zawahiri or any other top terrorist leaders! Outside of that, a serious presidential run is probably over for Trump.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  186. kathy from peoria az

    As far as I am concerned it never started!! He is one of the most arrogant individuals I have had the dis-pleasure to see and hear on television. Maybe after hearing what Seth Meyers said about him running as a joke instead of a republican, which was one of the funniest things I have ever heard, maybe he got a dose of reality for the first time in his life. Stick with what he does best and brag about everything he has done which is exactly what??

    May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  187. Rotimi MD

    Yes, Donald is done, he has no chance.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  188. olitenup

    Trump only declined driving the pace car because a Facebook page was started to "uninvite" him to partake in the festivities.

    His boorish behavior over the President's BC was a national embarrassment.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  189. kathy

    Are u kidding me ....the dismall candidates have shown that the republicans have ALREADY thrown in the towel. Trump as a candidate for anything other than bankrupcy or chapter whatever is a joke...but its fun watching the disaster that is the republican party. Someone someday may actually stear this party in the eright direction – but that isn't anytime soon based on the loosers on the ticket....the desperation is actually comical. I just hope obama does not capitualate anyMore than he already has – he forgets he WON the election sometimes

    May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  190. Andy

    Really Jack ? Donald Who? The Duck? What a Joke!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  191. Keith in Hoboken, NJ

    Cafferty, you are wrong in concluding that it is all over for Trump because you are over-estimating the intelligence of the American public. Trump could easily nail the 2012 election by nominating Snooki as his vice presidential running mate.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  192. Trump

    "The Donald" started out as a Coney Island Huckster! As Coney Island has had very little change so goes Trump! It seemed that although Gary Bussey on "Apprentice" mentioned that he was brain injured and was supporting that charity, Turmp did not recognize or support him for his sometimes craziness which others had issues about.

    Palm Beach, FL 33410

    May 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  193. BobD in Vicksburg

    Donald Trump identifies himself as a republican, and yet his show is on the most liberal network in the country. Is he an ego maniac? Sure, but has he successfully accomplished everything he put his mind to? Again yes. We all, as Americans, feel pretty strongly about driving the size of government down and bringing it back into some kind of fiscal order. That is something Donald Trump is likely to be able to accomplish given the opportunity. I wish he would run as an Independent though.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  194. David B.

    Remember, the Trumpster played this publicity game before. He is NOT such a good businessman, nor is he very bright, but he does know how to get publicity (like P.T. Barnum did).

    May 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  195. Jason

    I'm surprised that so many Americans believe Trump would do a good job with the economy. Unless it's an economy based on covering everything in America in gold foil, I'm not sure how The Donald would be qualified.

    This is a man whose proposed solution to high oil prices is to either steal oil from Iraq, or threaten the Saudis with violence if they don't sell us cheap oil. Is he a businessman or a mafioso?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  196. miguel

    It never started,and aren't we relieved that this egotistic blow-hard will not be up in our faces any more than he already is.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  197. Vaughn from Ohio

    Since when has honesty and trustworthiness been a required trait for the president or any other politician for that matter? And the only thing that I believe could restore this country to reasonable economic comfort is if our government could figure out a way to bring all the lost manufacturing jobs back to America. As you say, Jack... fat chance! But, is the presidential run over already for the 'Don'? History has taught us that Trump is just a loud mouth who's banter seems to be more sure than his aptness to actually run for the presidency.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  198. Billy

    Jack the donald's presidetnial bid was a none starter in the begginning.
    Taking into account his well known departures from the truth and reality Jack the donald never should open his big mouth. Thats just my perspective on the matter Jack.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  199. Jeffery, Toledo, Ohio

    Put it this way–The 0onald should present his own birth certificate for examination. That clause in the Constiution that requires our President to be a natural-born citizen means that people from other planets aren't allowed to run for the office either, and it would be in our national interest to make sure. Just in case.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  200. Jesusdude from D.C.

    Donald Trump fails, Boehner fails, Michael Steele definitely fails, Dont get me started on Palin! I got an idea. Get someone who isn't embarrasing and knows what they are talking about!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  201. Joyce, PA

    Trump is definately not presidential material so we wounldn.t want him in office, we learned from our mistake in '08

    May 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  202. Judy G.

    Yes, Donald Trump's run for President days are over even before they've started. This guy is nothing but a "wind bag". He's so in love with himself, he doesn't care about anything else but his own ego. Don't quit your "Apprentice" job, Mr. Trump, because that's all you are, an Apprentice.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  203. Andrew

    Asked if he's going to run, Trump's answer has always been, "I think my decision is going to make a lot of people very happy."

    I guess we can definitively conclude then, that he is NOT running.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  204. Delbert Pryce

    Trump and Newt as far as Prez. run is concerned both are DOA.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  205. Harry of York, PA

    I believe that his bid never began, he is like most of his party, all bark/no bite. If I wanted to see a circus I rather go see Barnum and Bailey's Circus. I am wondering will the American people ever learn to start thinking for themselves. Everyone, including Donald Trump put on a show to draw in extremist to their cause. It's not about being divided its about being united, kind of like the United States of America. When are we going to see Politicians that talk about working together and bringing this country together. My thoughts, if they can't talk about the real issues and talk of unity, don't even run, you would be doing more damage than good. This also goes for Donald Trump.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  206. Dora

    Donald Trump, really what a joke, Presidential run absolutely over, I believe he started out trying to boost his rating however I think its actually backfired. And I laughed my ..... off when he was roasted during the White House Corrs Dinner... it was priceless...and I have completely banned any Donald Trump watching including his show. He actually makes be vomit.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  207. Sam

    Donald Trump has some good ideas regarding China and OPEC.

    But his Obama birth certificate and College acceptance conspiracy talk made me loose respect for him

    He is better off searching for Biggie and Tupac
    He's fired

    May 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  208. john doe

    It's obvious that Obama couldnt do Trumps job, So lets leave basketball to Obama and let Trump run the country....

    May 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  209. Andrew

    The jerk HAS been unusually quiet for an unusually long time (for him).

    That team of investigators in Hawaii, that no one can find, must be worried that they will never get paid by the deadbeat cheat.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  210. Sammy

    His presidential run never started in the first place. Having money does not make you elegible to have or own everything in the world, including the presidential seat. It is pathetic that Trump and others view things as serious as U.S. presidential powers as something that can be bought, but what is even more pathetic is that the American public and media has given attention to these kinds of people to further reinforce their attitudes and actions.


    Leawood, KS

    May 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  211. Jayson Covert

    I think three things contributed to his sudden silence.

    1. President Obama's administration got the second most wanted man in the world.

    2. At The White House Corespondents Dinner he showed almost no sense of humor.

    3. He's a carnival sideshow which is fun for about five minutes then you want your dollar back.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  212. Bob Melbourne, FL

    Trump isn't running for president, he never was. Just like Palin who you get so much joy out of begrading. Anything to take the focus off Obama and his continuing failures. Bin Loden... Please, even a blind squirl find a nut once in a while. Obama calls Trump a carnival barker, well he should know. Obama is the biggest Clown I've ever seen. I'll vote for anyone who runs against Obama because we just couldn't do any worse

    May 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  213. Aaron L

    Personally, I believe we need a businessman like Trump as president. Yeah.. he's been a little goofy and a little out there with some of his thoughts but once he settles down and and takes his presidential run seriously like I think he should.. He could be a serious contender for the republican ballot.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  214. June Zeger

    Run over? It never got started... just as he was jumping up and down over baloney, Obama and the administration served red meat... Osama bin Laden. Put a fork into Trump... he's done.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  215. Joe citizen abroad

    He never had any intention of running. It was a cynical and selfish ratings grab so his TV contract would be renewed.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  216. Dipak from Atlanta, GA

    Of course not! Trump and his trophy Vice President Ms. Universe Michelle Bachman will be the Republican Ticket. The Late Night Comedian will have a time of their life. Fox News will change their name to Trump News. Rest of the world would laugh at Republican morons and the clown Michael Steele would look like the most intelligent person in the Republican Party.

    BTW, Obama will win the record landslide – 535 to 0 – a record in the US election.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  217. Dotson Hunt

    Trump is primarily a bag of wind and as to any political aspirations, clearly a media trump-up. A serious member of the media would not so much as breathe life into a scenario whereby Trump would be a viable candidate for any office–except possibly that of dog catcher.

    Chief Osceola

    May 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  218. Gary AZ

    A new survey of likely voters indicates that in a hypothetical match-up between former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and billionaire Donald Trump, a majority would choose suicide over either candidate...

    May 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  219. carol

    Like the president said "circus side show and carnival barker."
    That's what trump showed himself to be. No. He won't be running for anything except biggest idiot.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  220. Delbert Pryce

    OH yeah that is one run that as been cancelled, but maybe he is the only one that doesn't know it. His Prez. bid is DOA .

    May 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  221. stevie68a

    How can Trump call himself a "conservative" when wives are disposable?
    The current one is starting to get a hardened look on her once pretty face.
    Time for a new car, Donald! (I mean wife).

    May 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  222. Matt

    Did somebody tell the 51% that claimed Teh Donald could somehow "get the economy back on it's feed" that declaring bankruptcy and stiffing suppliers and contractors isn't an option? Apart from whoring his name out on *other people's* projects, that's about all ol' Combover has done business-wise the last few years...

    May 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  223. Johnny Huckaby

    Donald Trump for President?,...WHAT A JOKER!!!,... anyone who wears a comb-over, and owns a mirror, cannot be taken seriously,,,, because he's living in a fantasy world,... surrounded by yes men!

    The only good thing going for Trump, is that he owns the "Miss. America," Beauty Pagent, he'd have 50 top choices for "Vice" President!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  224. Jay

    number 1 he has a fighters chance. there is not a politician out there that is trustworthy as you well know, jack. if that is his only obstacle, is his trustworthyness, then he has a better chance than anyone out there to be president of the United States. I thought you were smarter than that, Jack.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  225. saxephoto

    It never really started.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm |

    This is only the beginning for Donald Trump! Haven't you heard that silence is golden,He is the only man that can get this nation going again.Don't you all want jobs to feed your families???? Also he is the only man that can go up to Obama and say your FIRED get out!!!!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  227. Catherine

    Are you really serious. It was over for him when he questioned President Obama's birthplace. We don't need and idiot like that to be in charge of anything. Tell him to go to Harvard or Yale, and maybe he would have a better chance.


    Kent Wa

    May 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  228. Andre D. Johnson

    You Betcha!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  229. Harold in Reno

    Hair today, gone tomorrow.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  230. Tyrone Lawrence

    James Carvell's recent characterization of Donald Trump as a "Simpleton" is one that might never have occurred to anyone because of Trump's larger than life persona. Now , however, that Trump has lost, to a great extent, control of managing this persona, the glimpses we are getting of the true Trump do qualify him for a prominent place in the midst of the lunatic fringe, or a valid claim to the garden variety type of simpleton.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  231. Rich

    Trump is in the same league as Palin. A total misfit to become president. The difference between the two is that Palin is desperate to become President while Trump is desperate for free publicity. Trump will never run for president, Palin will try but fail...
    In the meantime, I believe all americains who support either their candidacy are ignorants and do not deserve a great president like Obama.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  232. truth2power

    Trump is a silver-spoon blowhard who wants to get rock star attention but is to lazy to learn how to play guitar!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  233. Max

    Imagine a day that Donald Trump is the president and perhaps Palin as his second in command. What a nightmare.
    I give more credit to the majority of our citizens to see the disingenuousness in both characters.
    He never had a chance.
    Max , San Antonio

    May 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  234. Kate in San Jose

    57% of Americans actually think Donald Trump is tough enough to handle a crisis? The only way he knows to handle a crisis is to file bankruptcy.

    I don't want him to drop out of the race, though. A Trump/Palin Republican ticket would provide years of comic relief and would ensure Obama's reelection.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  235. Joseph Hunter

    It was already over, the don man had no chance of winning for the fact that he always brought up the birth certificate. This country doesn't need another republican who believes in these idiotic positions and wants to embarrass this great country of ours.

    P.S. Every time donald trump criticises the democrats, the economy grows over fifty points.

    Down with the tea party!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  236. TJeff1776

    Yep, you're right. Its not over until the fat lady sings.....BUT she's at tha mike clearing her throat.......AND for Trump...its over. Even he knows that now. He tested the waters with obvious-to-all immaturity on a number of occasions. The last public show w/ Obama's abuse stating just how improper it.was......was the straw that broke the camels back. He couldn't take what he had been dishing out for weeks. And THAT type of Immaturity was interpreted by the public as "deep-seated" and cloaked as being unable to overcome at his age.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  237. Lee Downie Henrico, NC

    The Donald's flirtation with candidacy did nothing but waste printer's ink and air time... and, of course, our time.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  238. mark wilson

    I say give trump a chance to make his case, if he's got something to say, let him say it, is all"!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  239. Mick

    Can he really be worst than Obama? I don't think so.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  240. Ben in LA

    Trump was never going to run for President. He just saw what he thought was an opportunity for some publicity.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  241. Johnny Huckaby

    Hey Jack, didn't Donald Trump promise to publish his financial records, if Obama published his long-form Birth Cerfiticate?

    Maybe that's why the Donald has been so quiet of late, he's hoping we forgot his promise?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  242. Jim Hall

    Trump, even though I am a Repulican, would be Very bad for the USA. He is rather centered on himself...Not a politician, and a real sicko......and has benn bankruptcy on MANY MANY ocassions..............Whill he Bankrupt the USA??? You be the judge. Mr Whapner...

    May 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  243. dave in nashville

    I hope he runs, out of money that is.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  244. Jack from Oregon

    Trump has no chance (or legitimate intention, for that matter) of being elected President. If being a lying, racist, profane, divisive megalomaniac is his game plan for winning over the conservative and independent voters of this country, then he's not the businessman he claims to be. His so-called "mulling of the Presidential bid" is nothing but a blatant exploitation of the media's rabid enthusiasm for covering the Birther nonsense as a tool to advertise his abysmally boring television show.

    Allow me to be clear: the media CREATED the Trump Troll. Please let him go back under his bridge now so he can fire his barber.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  245. Lee

    He was a diversion while Obama was giving the word to go after Lin Laden.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  246. Liberty Queen

    I did not vote for President Obama in 2008 and I probably will in 2012. He shows class, tenacity, a willingness to negotiate and steely nerves. President Obama and Seth Myers were masterful in their incisive and humorous takendown of Trump at the White House Correspondents dinner. Trump saying that Myers stuttered and was having a difficult time at the podium is an absolute lie. Trump got skewered and this is the pathetic fabrication he came up with to assuage his tattered ego. I think The Donald should stick to real estate and The Celebrity Apprentice.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  247. Betty Phillips

    sorry you had to really think of printing my comment, but, here is an addition to my comment. I am free, over 21 and I have the liberty to say exactly what I feel, after all I too have been misused by a radical president and I do not have to get on this page and say how nice of a president we have, because you too would know that is just another lie. I can not be a WHOOSE like O'Reilly and all the other suck-ups.
    Betty Phillips

    May 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  248. iris irizarry

    he was running for president?! i thought he was running a vulgarity show.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  249. Lund Khao

    Trump – I am many many many many times richer than Obama..

    Me – yeah right.. you've declared bankrupt many many many many times that you know by heart all the rules and articles of chapter 7 and 13 by heart.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  250. Steve

    Did it ever start?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  251. Carl


    This guy Trump would fit right in with our corrupt politicians of today, how many times has his companies gone banckrupt?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  252. Rob from Portland

    Absolutely he can. Not as a Republican or a Tea Party, but as an American. The gov't should be run more like a business if it is to have a future. All of the things that business are conscience of...the gov't should be as well. Items such as fiscal responsibility, accountability and knowing your role in the market are all things that our current gov't is in the dark. And frankly, if a CEO or executives are not performing for the stakeholders (the American people) they they are removed from their positions and a person better suited for the role is put in place.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  253. R Burns

    from Idaho: As far as I'm concerned, there never was a Trump run for presidency. 1/3 of people think he's honest? That's the scary part. Chilling that the population has become so anesthetized by "reality" TV that people will substitute what they see there for any real thought of their own. And then they vote. . .

    May 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  254. honest John in Vermont

    Over sure. He just got some media facetime, thats all and the media clowns gobbled it up.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  255. Ricardo Urriola

    A presidential run is completely out of the picture for Donald... His lack of political experience took that away from the beginning. Sure, the economy has a lot of similarities when compared to a business, yet the differences add up tremendously also. Fueling conspiracy theories that have been totally shut down and proven wrong, being made fun of nationally by those of high class, etc, all lead to his downfall in the end. People realize his running is for entertainment purposes only. Everyone could use a good laugh every once in a while, so they "falsely" support his ways.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm |