Businessman and reality television show host Donald Trump has announced that he will not be running for president in 2012.
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.”
“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.
So was this all just a big publicity stunt for his reality tv show? NBC had recently announced that they would continue to produce The Celebrity Apprentice, regardless of whether or not he was actually the one at the helm. And Trump himself said he would announce when he would announce his intentions during the season finale, making this announcement sort of like stealing his own thunder.
But as his “campaign” progressed, Americans got more and more annoyed with The Donald, who went from early and surprise frontrunner to joke in a matter of a month, mostly due to his wading into the “birther” controversy regarding President Obama’s birth certificate. Currently 71 percent of Americans say he shouldn’t even bother to run for the White House.
Now, will the political hay affect his television show? The final episode airs this Sunday.