Trump Not Running For President

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.

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Patti Tray
P T6 years ago

"Not ready to leave the private sector"? Does anyone else see the irony in that? But I guess it was better than to admit that No One would be able to stop laughing long enough to vote for him!
SERIOUSLY - Trump for President?
What Happened...did they catch Palin trying to shoot that thing off his head?
My God, what a CIRCUS these Tea Party Jokers are turning this election into! No one really needs to comment to them, they're doing just fine burying their Own careers! KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB!!!!!

Lyn Gatin
Lyn Hartfield6 years ago

Donald Trump is an IDIOT!! I don't know why people listen to anything he has to say ... and you'd think with the money he has, he'd get a better hair style or hair transplants or something!

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR6 years ago

Of course he isn't running. His ploy to gain attention worked but it also revealed his statist principles.

He did make hay attacking the President which many people, Repubs AND others liked. However his comments, past stands and uses of government power (eminent domain etc) all doom him with anyone who isn't in love with the government use of power.

Luckily for the GOP, he was just a flash in the pan. His noisy populist rants appealed to some on both the Left/Right but not enough.

Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Lynch6 years ago

thank goodness the fleabag is not running. but then again it would just mean another criminal in the government if he won.

Sylvia B.
Sylvia B6 years ago

The BONEHEAD, aka, Donald Trump has made a VER WISE decision by not running for president in 2012. Thank God for everyone. It would have been frightening if he did run. There is a God, afterall!

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

i am sorry Donald dropped out,you never know how he would have done-does anyone out there remember a man named Ronald Reagan????..........Yup, Barbara, I remember Ronnie very well. May have been one of the worst Presidents, EVER. He cost me my job after 20 years in the trucking industry when he PUSHED a bad version of NAFTA into place, de-regulated the airline and trucking industries and while he WAS fodder for Johnny Carson, did little else other than eliminate jobs.

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

HA HA, thanks, Bill C! Loved your comment. Geez, I bet you'd have gotten as many votes as "Da Donald"! :)

BTW, Carole F., in case you weren't aware...........Donald isn't a "sharp businessman", he's a con artist. He's filed bankruptcy four times.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Darn, my slogan-"Dump Trump" is wasted.

Richelle R.
Richelle R6 years ago

He wouldn't have made it anyway!

Arielle Black-Foley

Surprise, Surprise. Is this even news?