Trump: ‘Thinking’ of Presidential Bid to Bring ‘Almost Common Sense’ to Washington (Video)
October 5, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— The last time New York real estate mogul Donald Trump made news with a TV appearance, he fear-mongered about “rioting in the streets” if the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” was built in Lower Manhattan. This morning, Trump took his ego to the crew at Fox & Friends to announce he was “totally being serious” about considering a 2012 presidential bid as a Republican. Why has the host of the reality show “The Apprentice,” decided now, to be totally serious about it? Because, “China is ripping this country.” And why does he think he could win? Trump, told the Fox News crew that Americans listening to the Donald bloviate “on a show” are impressed by his “almost common sense” commentary. That sounds about right. He could tap the almost intelligent Sarah Palin to be his running mate on a “dumb and dumber” ticket.
Donald Trump made his almost momentous presidential announcement, during a phone interview on Fox & Friends, wherein Trump did most of the talking. He ranted about China and OPEC and know-nothing diplomats. Trump proposes business leaders, like himself should conduct foreign relations instead. And about that politics stuff: Trump declared he has the necessary “finesse.”
Fox & Friends kicked off the segment, by reporting on a New Hampshire poll, that asked voters their thoughts on a possible presidential bid by Trump.
Gretchen Carlson asked Trump if he planned to run for president:
TRUMP: Well, you know for the first time in my life I’m actually thinking about it. Over the years I’ve had many, many people talking to me and asking me and speaking to me and writing, but I see what’s going on with this country, and it’s never been worse. What’s happening is a disgrace. When you look at what’s happening with OPEC setting the price of oil, and ripping the lifeblood out of the country. And when you look at what’s going on with China and with what they’re doing. I mean China is just ripping this country like nobody has ever ripped us before, and we don’t have our talented people. We don’t use our great business people to negotiate. We use some diplomat. And you know, I do a lot of business with China and I’m not knocking them. I mean if you can get away with something you do it, but I do business. And the Chinese come over and tell me, they can’t believe what they are getting away with. You try doing business in China and it’s impossible, and yet they come over here and they make everything. Problem is, we don’t make anything anymore. We make it in China and other countries and we really have problems.
DOOCY: So, let me get this straight: you Donald Trump, ‘Are considering running for the president of the United States?’
TRUMP: For the first time I’m thinking about it.
DOOCY: I understand you’re thinking about it. Do you have any idea what kind of a pay cut you’d take?
TRUMP: Big pay cut. That’s true, a big pay cut, but you know I love this country. We have a great country, but its not really great like it used to be. Let’s face it. We are no longer respected the way we used to be respected and if we keep going like this, within 10 to 12 years, China is going to overtake us easily.
CARLSON: OK, but we all know there would be so many more issues than just China, if you decide to run for president. But let me ask you this Donald: ‘What party would you align yourself with?’ Because back in 2000 when you were sort of talking about running, it was the Reform Party. What Party?
TRUMP: Well the Reform Party asked me to run, but I did not do that. I didn’t want to do that. I’m a Republican, so if I did anything, I’d do it I guess, as a Republican.
CARLSON: You want to take on that burden? Are you totally being serous right now?
TRUMP: No, I’m totally being serious, because I can’t stand what’s happening to the country. First time I am being serious about it. I’ve been asked for years to do it and I had no interest. This is the first time—at least I am being, at least I’m considering it. That doesn’t say I’m going to do it Gretchen, but I am seriously considering it.
KILMEADE: So Donald, what happened is they only asked 30 questions to those some New Hampshire constituents. You know that’s the first primary. Are you encouraged by the results?
TRUMP: I hear the results are amazing. I don’t know what the results are. It wasn’t my poll. I didn’t take this poll. I didn’t pay for this poll, but I hear the results are amazing. I found out about it yesterday morning when I got a call from a Time Magazine reporter who found out about a poll. And I didn’t know about it, but you know somebody heard me speaking on a show, perhaps yours, where I have spoken about this very openly, and they said you know they like what I’m saying. What I’m saying—it’s hard to believe people don’t pick it up. It’s almost common sense.
KILMEADE: Donald the problem with politics— it’s not like business. It’s not cut and dry. You have to have finesse. You have to be able to squeeze hands and kiss babies. Are you going to be able to do that?
TRUMP: Well, I think my whole life has sort of been about finesse when you get right down to it. I mean–running the country is to a certain extent— We have to bring principle back and we also have to bring common sense back. We have no common sense, and we’re losing this country. Mark my words, if we keep going this way, we’re losing this country. It will no longer be great. It’s not respected any where near what it used to be. It would no longer be great.
Yes, if nothing else, Trump is known for his “finesse,” right?