McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed wrote a piece about the long-running off-Broadway show “Donald Trump pretends to run for office” and now Trump has fired an aide who had recommended that they let Coppins tag along when they took the show on the road to New Hampshire.
Furious over a snarky Buzzfeed article about his political aspirations, the developer took a page out of his TV show, “The Apprentice,’’ and booted the adviser who had urged him to do the interview.
“I told [Trump] when he fired me, ‘Sir, I’m willing to offer you my resignation.’ He didn’t accept that,’’ 32-year-old political consultant Sam Nunberg told The Post. But “this is not unfair, honestly,’’ insisted Nunberg, who lives on the Upper East Side. “I failed Mr. Trump, and that’s the long and short of it.”…
Trump said his first reaction was not to do the interview, saying, “I understand what Buzzfeed is.”
“But Sam said to me, ‘This guy is a friend of mine. It’s going to be a great story. I have confidence it will be fair.’ So I actually did the interview as a courtesy to Sam.
“But I said to Sam, ‘If this guy writes a fair story, that’s fine. But if he writes a wise-guy story, you’ll be fired.’ And I said to Sam, ‘OK?’
“And Sam said, ‘OK.’”
Anna Merian has a hilarious piece in the Village Voice about the whole thing in which she refers to Trump as a “famous orange-American.” Damn, I wish I’d written that. She notes how long Trump has managed to keep this joke going.
Every so often for the past 25 years or so, perhaps whenever his ratings start to sag or his hideous tie collection is selling less briskly, Trump feels the urge to pretend he’s considering a run for some ever-changing political position: mayor, governor, president, President for Life. Back in October, he was hinting yet again at a totally real run for president . That bout of hinting passed without Trump ever making a formal announcement, both because it’s way too early for presidential candidates to start declaring themselves and because he will never actually run for anything…In what surely must be coincidental timing, Trump told the Post yesterday that he was setting up an “exploratory committee” for the governor’s race “within a week or so,” which, the tabloid writes, with a straight face, “set[s] the stage for him to begin spending significant sums in pursuit of the nomination.”
It’s almost exactly like the totally real “exploratory committee” Trump promised he’d set up in 1999, buoyed by what he called “amazing” polls and “unbelievable” interest from the media. (The New York Times noted dryly that Trump refused to identify the members of that committee “whose main task seemed to be to advise him to go for it.”)
Trump set up another “committee” in 2011, this one headed by his lawyer and Trump Organization executive vice president Michael Cohen . That time, they even had a website, ShouldTrumpRun.com (now defunct).
But we’re sure this time is for real. Really, really real. Yep.
Yep. Just like Sarah Palin. And people still fall for it every time, like dogs who never realize that you didn’t throw the ball at all and go running to find it. In fact, Palin is supporting her fellow grifter and calling for a boycott of Buzzfeed for the “hit piece” on Trump.