Donald Trump: ‘I Won’t Run For President’

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

To no one’s great surprise, Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy turns out to be about as real as his hair, but he kept the prospect of it going long enough to get his TV series renewed. Via USA Today:

Donald Trump says he is not running for president next year, ending weeks of speculation in which he dominated headlines about the 2012 race for the GOP nomination.

The real estate mogul and reality TV star says: “I am not ready to leave the private sector.”

His decision comes the day after NBC announced it would continue Trump’s show, The Celebrity Apprentice, with or without the real estate mogul as its host. The show will resume in January.

Trump said in a statement that he was confident he could beat the Republican field and, eventually, President Obama. He also vowed to continue to speak out on key issues such as the nation’s debt and its ability to compete with China in the global marketplace.

“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,” he said…

[continues at USA Today]

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  • http://newdruidexpress.blogspot.com Symbollocks The Druid

    This is a shame–now we’ll have to hate T-Rump on his own merits rather than as an impersonal representative of a failed institution.  Luckily for us, he’s given us plenty to work with.

  • http://newdruidexpress.blogspot.com Symbollocks The Druid

    This is a shame–now we’ll have to hate T-Rump on his own merits rather than as an impersonal representative of a failed institution.  Luckily for us, he’s given us plenty to work with.

  • http://twitter.com/Mark_Siragusa Mark Siragusa

     He always has liked to voice his opinions LOUDLY

  • http://twitter.com/Mark_Siragusa Mark Siragusa

     He always has liked to voice his opinions LOUDLY

  • http://www.aandtheating.com/ air conditioning repair reston

    Donald Punk probably knew all along he wasn’t going to run and I think he knew for sure. There was no way he was going to do a financial disclosure.

  • DeepCough

     Ow, c’mon, Don, you’re perfect for the GOP: you’re a rich white man with an inept view of the world, you represent the key demographic of the Republican party!

  • DeepCough

     Ow, c’mon, Don, you’re perfect for the GOP: you’re a rich white man with an inept view of the world, you represent the key demographic of the Republican party!

  • Guest

    What a jackass Trump is. But he would have made the Republican primary interesting at least …

  • RedHerring

    What a jackass Trump is. But he would have made the Republican primary interesting at least …

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

     If the GOP field was made up of Trump and a cornstalk…and Obama had just been caught on live videotape eating the brains of a freshly macheted infant…

    …we’d have corn for president in 2012…but we wouldn’t have Trump. Hard to believe the ego it takes to imagine otherwise…or even the balls to say anything else out loud in public.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Very good!  I have to write that one down in my diary.

      But are you sure about the analysis?  Botanists suggest that maize originated in Mexico, so I can imagine Newt Gingrich firing off some smarmy comments about green cards or bith certificates.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

     If the GOP field was made up of Trump and a cornstalk…and Obama had just been caught on live videotape eating the brains of a freshly macheted infant…

    …we’d have corn for president in 2012…but we wouldn’t have Trump. Hard to believe the ego it takes to imagine otherwise…or even the balls to say anything else out loud in public.

  • Anonymous

     Very good!  I have to write that one down in my diary.

    But are you sure about the analysis?  Botanists suggest that maize originated in Mexico, so I can imagine New Gingrich firing off some smarmy comments about green cards or bith certificates.

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