Trump Ups the Ante on Pretending to Run for President

Donald Trump is nothing if now a showman. Intent on keeping up the pretense that he’s going to run for president, The Donald is now ending his “reality” TV series The Apprentice and launching an official presidential exploratory committee.

Donald Trump will launch a presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, the eve of the business mogul’s return to New Hampshire.

A senior adviser tells the New Hampshire Union Leader that Trump will not be renewing his contract with NBC for the reality television “Apprentice” series.

Combined with staff hires, Trump’s announcement that he will form an exploratory committee for the first time is a sign the billionaire is seriously considering running for the Republican nomination.

Trump’s statement on forming the exploratory committee hints at the razzle-dazzle to come for a turbo-charged personality known for skewering the political establishment.

He refers to politicians who are “all talk and no action,” his tremendous business success, and how he is “the only one who can make America truly great again!”

That’s not too arrogant or anything. If he were to win, they’d have to clear the east wing of the White House to house his ego. I really hope he does run. He’ll be a laugh riot and will make himself look like even more of a buffoon than he already does, which hardly seems possible. I have as good a chance of being elected president as him.

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  • sugarfrosted

    I’d vote for you before I’d vote for him, but as we all can agree we should support Modusoperandi for president 2016

  • cptdoom

    How exactly does business success, even putting aside the multiple bankruptcies suffered by the businesses he’s founded, usually after he left, translate into political skill? When was the last time a CEO had to create a compromise suitable for hundreds of legislators to agree on? How are negotiations to build another monstrosity of a skyscraper similar to negotiations to disarm an enemy?

    The purpose of the government is to look at the long run and protect the nation’s assets. The focus of a businessman is to maximize his bottom line and screw the consequences. They’re entirely separate skill sets.

  • sugarfrosted

    Also, wait the apprentice is still on television? I’m sure he’s not cancelling it for terrible ratings and using this for cover; that’d be silly.

  • weatherwax

    #2 cptdoom: “When was the last time a CEO had to create a compromise suitable for hundreds of legislators to agree on? How are negotiations to build another monstrosity of a skyscraper similar to negotiations to disarm an enemy?”

    You fire the legislators and replace them with yes men. Don’t you know anything about business? He’ll fire the house and the senate and hire new ones. Duh.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    sugarfroste “I’d vote for you before I’d vote for him, but as we all can agree we should support Modusoperandi for president 2016”

    I can’t run, on account of being too foreign for the GOP and being not foreign enough for the Democrats.

    Vote Nessman!

  • The Other Lance

    *Yawn* More bullshit from the talking hairpiece.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    …turbo-charged personality known for skewering the political establishment.

    Emptier words were never spoken.

  • weatherwax

    As much as it probably doesn’t need to be said, he will never run for president because he’s never going to release his financial records.

    Though it’s possible he’s deluded enough to believe they’re so well constructed that no one will be able to figure out what an incompetent crook he is.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    In related news, Democrats rejoice!

  • dugglebogey

    There’s very good money in pretending to run for president.

  • U Frood

    I want to see his birth certificate as proof that he’s actually human.

  • cptdoom

    Though it’s possible he’s deluded enough to believe they’re so well constructed that no one will be able to figure out what an incompetent crook he is.

    I’m betting he won’t want to release them because they’ll prove he’s not nearly as rich as he claims. He does seem to use his bank account balance as a means of overcoming other shortcomings.

    I want to see his birth certificate as proof that he’s actually human.

    Don’t you remember? He’s already released it during his “birther” flirtation. Then he got smacked down because what he released is the souvenir certificate given to parents by the hospital, not the official record. Besides, he probably doesn’t want to have any of the teabaggers scrutinize his certificate too closely – they might realize that his mother was born a subject of the same monarchy as Obama’s father.

  • John Pieret

    The first thing he should be required to disclose is proof that the thing on his head isn’t the remains of an endangered species.

  • Al Dente

    John Pieret @13

    It’s actually a misplaced merkin.

  • marcus

    “…Trump will not be renewing his contract with NBC for the reality television ‘Apprentice’ series.”

    Maybe there is a God after all!!!

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    He pretended to be a financial genius, I think that qualifies him to pretend to be president.

  • scienceavenger

    He refers to politicians who are “all talk and no action,”

    In other news, Mitt Romney refers to politicians who pander too blatantly, Rick Santorum to those who are behind the times, and James Inhofe to those who are scientifically ignorant.

    his tremendous business success, and how he is “the only one who can make America truly great again!”

    News flash: Donald Trump implies America is not great. There goes Andrea Tantaros’ vote.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed reports:

    The Donald is now ending his “reality” TV series The Apprentice and launching an official presidential exploratory committee.

    I think Donald Trump is missing a big opportunity here. Rather than launch an official presidential exploratory committee, he should instead produce a reality TV show where he launches and then manages an official presidential exploratory committee.

    Next season can be a reality TV show where The Donald runs for the GOP nomination. Sexual tension to be provided by Trump negotiating with Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann to be his VP nominees (yes 2 VPs!).

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker

    I don’t know what is worse, the fact that his clown is going to run for President or the fact that he is the best pick in the Republican field so far.

    Santorum, Trump or Paul… you have to admit it is hardly a great set of choices.

  • wildbill

    Wonder if ole trump was about to be “fired” (dumped) by nbc and this was his way to save his ego (the donald never gets fired)

  • colnago80

    Re cptdoom @ #12

    Not only was she born in England, she was not a US citizen at the time of his birth. According to the birthers, that’s enough to disqualify him.

  • matty1

    @2

    The focus of a businessman is to maximize his bottom line and screw the consequences.

    Actually only an incompetent businessman would say “screw the consequences” and not realise that if you put this years bottom line ahead of the long term before long you won’t have a business.

    How many times has Trump been bankrupt by the way?

  • sugarfrosted

    @22 His bankruptcies were scams. He’d over extend himself, then use bankruptcy to cut his losses from his gambles. It’s not a sign of him being a bad businessman, it’s a sign of him being a coniving SOB of a business man. That being said: that strategy wouldn’t fucking work with a countrt.