Donald Trump Fires His Own Presidential Ambitions

Bookmark and Share As promised, the month of May is producing a significant amount of clarity in the developing Republican presidential field. At the beginning of the month, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour announced he would not run for President. This Saturday, former Governor Mike Huckabee declared that he would not be a candidate in 2012, and now we have learned that real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump will not be running for President.

In an early afternoon statement released by the Trump organization, (see the complete press release below this post) The Donald indicated that his real passionand talent is for business and he is not yet willing to give itup for politics.

This announcement has left many ill-advisedTrump enthusiasts at a loss. Trump supporters were looking for a political outsider, with business experience and a say-it-like-is attitude. Now, withTrump definitely out of the running,his supportersjoin with the significant number of Huckabee supporters who have also been left without a candidate. If you believe current polls, Huckabee and Trump accounted for a third of all Republican voters. This third is now up for grabs and as they all look for a corner to run to, the perfect time for a new name to enter the race has been created.

It is fairly obvious that Huckabee and Trump voters are not pleased with any of the existing names in the Republican field. Now that they are unaligned, they are still not likely to be content of these names. However, as they look for a satisfactory alternative, candidates like Pawlenty, Santorum and Herman Cain could begin to appeal to these newly disenfranchised voters and lure them into their camps. That being the case, now is the perfect time for a new name to jump in and scoop up these wayward Huckabee and Trump voters before they align themselves with an another existing candidate.

As for Donald Trump’s decision, it was to be expected. White House 2012 has noted on several occasionsthat while Donald Trump may initiallybe a popular candidate, due to Trump’s nature and character, it would not have translated in to being a popular politician.Hispotential candidacy alsobrought with it an ability to do more harm than good to Republicans. Trump’s antics, unprofessionaluse of vulgarities, and total lack of finesse and diplomacy was arecipefor certain disaster that would have produced a sideshow-like atmosphere within the Republican nominating contests. This side-show would have been a debilitating distraction from the real issues anda from a serious search for a serious presidential candidateto run against President Obama.

In the end,while I have not been very kind to DonaldTrump and his political viability, I must admitthat his decisionnot to run, was a smart one, a smart one for him, for the G.O.P., and the nation.His statement announcing that he wouldnot be a candidate for president in 2012 seemed to be genuine. It reflected Trump’s own acceptance of who he really is and what he is best at.If DonaldTrump is nothing else, he is a personally successful individual. Such personal success does not come by acting impulsively or without an understanding of ones own capabilities. On this decision, Trump demonstratedthat he knows himself well.And while I am sure he truly gave running for president, serious consideration, I firmly believe thathe alsoknows just how serious he can take himself.

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Actual Trump Press Release

For Immediate Release:

New York, New York: May 16, 2011

After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.

I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that 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. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country’s conversation.

They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country’s top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate.

I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs.

Thank you and God Bless America!

Donald J. Trump
Michael Cohen
Executive Vice President and
Special Counsel To Donald J. Trump

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