Trump jumps in: The Donald runs


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Aug 26, 2008

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New York (CNN)Donald Trump finally took the plunge.

The real estate mogul and TV reality star launched his presidential campaign Tuesday, ending more than two decades of persistent flirtation with the idea of running for the Oval Office.

"So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again," Trump told the crowd in a lengthy and meandering 45-minute speech that hit on his signature issues like currency manipulation from China and job creation, while also taking shots at the president and his competitors on the Republican side.

"Sadly the American dream is dead," Trump said at the end of his speech. "But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before."

Just over four years after he came closer than ever to launching a campaign before bowing out, Trump made his announcement at the lavish Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, laying out a vision to match his incoming campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

The 68-story tower venue Trump used Tuesday was more than just the backdrop to Trump's presidential announcement, instead becoming a physical embodiment of what Trump is bringing to the table and the challenges he'll face as he formally enters politics: it's both a sign of his overwhelming success in business and, as the site of the famous "Apprentice" boardroom, a symbol of the reality TV label he'll struggle to shake off.

The Tower, also home to "The Apprentice" television shows, crystallized the challenge Trump faces as he looks to win over voters.

Many Americans now view him primarily as a reality TV star after 14 seasons of his "Apprentice" series, and his numerous flirtations with a presidential run -- first in 1987, then 1999 and again in 2004, 2008 and most recently in 2011 -- have left voters eye-rolling as he prompted yet another round of will-he or won't-he speculation.

Trump has already billed himself as the "most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far," pointing out even that he owns a "Gucci store that's worth more than Romney."

That Gucci store wasn't far as Trump made his announcement -- it's located in the lobby of the Trump Tower.

But Trump showed Tuesday that he won't shy away from the out-of-reach luxury and opulence that makes up his day-to-day lifestyle.

Instead, he flaunted his wealth and success in business as a centerpiece of his presidential platform, and he began that officially on Tuesday, trumpeting his whopping $8.7 billion net worth during his announcement speech. Trump's net worth was previously estimated at roughly $4 billion.

"That's the kind of thinking our country needs," Trump said after reading off his net worth, to the thousandth dollar.

He pointed out that his wealth and successful business career not only qualified him to be president -- "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created." -- but that it would allow him to rid himself of the special interests that he said control American politics.

That's because the billionaire said he would self-fund his presidential campaign, not only ridding himself of some outside influences, but also freeing up more time to campaign as candidates can often spend about half their time raising funds to keep their campaign coffers from depleting.

"I'm really rich," Trump said, adding that his confident attitude is what the country needs after having "losers" run the country.

Trump's press aide released a one-page summary of his assets and liabilities on Tuesday and Trump pledged to release the full financial disclosure, including income tax returns, required by the Federal Election Commission before the first debate.

Trump's wealth and results-driven success is business is part of what he hopes will be his appeal to voters as he looks to set himself apart from career politicians.

"I've watched the politicians, I've dealt with them all my life," Trump said. "They will never make America great again. They don't even have a chance."

It's his confidence that business associates say has made him the successful mogul he is today.

"He has the guts and the balls," said Roberto Bezjon, a Trump Organization board member and owner of a high-end New York hair salon located in a Trump building. "He's a straight shooter."

Supporters gathered for the announcement had the same impression. Many of them were either several-time supporters of Trump's past flirtations with elected office or small business owners in New York who said they were confident Trump would be a boon for the economy.

Supporters donning "Make America Great Again" T-shirts -- several of them boisterous and interjecting loudly in the middle of Trump's speech -- shuffled up golden elevators to watch from two stories up.

Outside, campaign volunteers flagged down pedestrians to hand them the campaign T-shirts and invite them inside for the announcement.

The spectators got a flavor for the type of candidate Trump plans to become -- one who shoots from the hip and doesn't care for a script -- and the ideas he'll promote.

Trump called for everything from new infrastructure ("We're becoming a third world country!") to erecting a massive fence on the border with Mexico -- which he said he would have Mexico pay for -- to the need for a thorough plan to defeat ISIS.

And the man himself was always at the center of Trump's ideas:

"No one would be tougher on ISIS than Trump," he said, referring to himself in the third person.

"We need a truly great leader," he said earlier, before pointing several times to his skills as a negotiator.

But it's not clear whether Americans are ready yet to give Trump a chance to become that leader.

In recent polls, more than half of Republicans said they had a negative view of him -- a tough spot to start a campaign.

He and his aides remain confident, though, that voters will take Trump seriously after he has now made his intentions clear and announces he's running.

"We can change that dynamic in 15 seconds by Mr. Trump sending out a press release saying he's running for president," Trump's top political adviser Corey Lewandowski said before the speech. "Mr. Trump's single biggest detriment is that people don't think he's going to run."

But over the past several months, Trump has ramped up his political activity, making key staff hires in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina -- including the political strategist who drove former Sen. Rick Santorum to a surprise victory in the Iowa caucus in 2012.

And even as he becomes the 12th candidate to throw his hat into a ring that will become even more crowded before the first televised debate in August, Trump could find himself grinning on Fox News along with the rest of the top 10 candidates who made the cut.

Fox is limiting participation in the first debate to the top 10 GOP contenders based on national polling, and Trump is just on the edge based on the latest polls.

He tied for 10th place with 3% in the latest CNN/ORC poll earlier this month and earned 4% in both the most recent Fox News and Washington Post/ABC News polls -- coming in 10th and tied for ninth, respectively.

That puts Trump right in line with would-be-rivals like Santorum, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former New York Gov. George Pataki -- and above hopefuls like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Trump will look to escape that grouping as he challenges conventional political notions of nominating a presidential candidate who's held elected office, instead calling for an end to the politics he says are heavy on talk and light on action.

Trump is no stranger to either, though.

He famously fanned the flames of the "birther" movement and today takes credit for President Barack Obama's decision to release his birth certificate -- which Trump said this year at CPAC hasn't completely quelled his concerns.

And he won't mince words when it comes to his GOP foes, either. And he may take the opportunity to draw a contrast with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who formally announced his candidacy just a day before Trump's announcement.

Trump said earlier this year in Iowa: "The last thing we need is another Bush."


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Jan 17, 2009
3rd Rock From the Sun
Donald Trump’s use of Neil Young's “Rockin’ in the Free World” at the launch of his presidential campaign was “not authorized” by the musician, according to Young's manager.

Before Trump took to the podium to announce he was throwing his hat into the ring for the GOP presidential nomination, Young’s 1989 hit could be heard blasting through the sound system for the crowd gathered at Trump Tower in New York.

Young’s manager, Elliot Roberts, tells Mother Jones, “Donald Trump’s use of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ was not authorized.”

Young, says Roberts, is instead rooting for another presidential candidate on the opposite end of the political spectrum: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).


ex nihilo
May 4, 2010
Top 10 Actual Things Donald Trump Said At His 2016 Presidential Campaign Kickoff

On Tuesday, real estate mogul-turned reality show star, Donald Trump, became the latest Republican to jump into the 2016 presidential race.

If he’s elected in 2016, the GOP hopeful predicated that he would be the most successful president for U.S. jobs that “God ever created,” used the recent sale of a multi-million dollar apartment he owned to someone from China as an example of his friendly ties with the country, voiced concern that people from the Middle East are “probably” sneaking into the country through the border, and revealed that rich Islamic terrorists are his competition within the hotel market in Syria.

This is all real, and it’s trademark Trump. Here are the quotes from Trump’s presidential announcement that you will never hear another presidential candidate say -- ever.

"I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created, I tell you that."

"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might even be on one of my courses. I would invite him … I have the best courses in the world, so I'd say, you know what — if he wants to [play], I have one right next to the White House. Right on the Potomac. If he'd like to play, that's fine. In fact, I'd love him to leave [the presidency] early and play. That would be a very good thing.”

"Hey, I'm not saying they're stupid … I like China. I just sold an apartment for $15 million dollars to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike 'em?”

"Our president doesn't have a clue, he's a bad negotiator. He's the one that did [Army Sgt. Bowe] Bergdahl … We get a no-good traitor and they get the five people that they wanted for years and those people are now back on the battlefield trying to kill us."

"I speak to border guards and they tell us what we're getting and it only makes common sense, it only makes sense. They're sending us not the right people; it's coming from more than Mexico. It's coming from all over South and Latin America, and it's coming probably, probably from the Middle East. But we don't know, because we have no protection."

"Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They've become rich. I'm in competition with them. They just built a hotel in Syria, can you believe this? They built a hotel."

"We have losers. We have losers. We have people that don't have it. We have people that are morally corrupt. We have people that are selling this country down the drain."

"I'm really rich. I'll show you that in a second."

"I have a total net worth and now with the increase it will be well over $10 billion, but here total net worth of $8 billion. Net worth — not assets, not liabilities — a net worth ... I'm not doing that to brag because you know what? I don't have to brag. I don't have to. Believe it or not."

"I think I am a nice person. People who know me like me."


ex nihilo
May 4, 2010
I would flee on sight of such a bush. I mean... how long would that take to grow. That's consistent disregard. You know that bitch be crazy.


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Jan 22, 2015
Have some faith in us Americans. We dont elect openly racist people, only racists people who make policies that disproportionately harm poor people/minorities.
The dude has said many bad things about Mexico, he openly hates Mexico. The last thing he has said is that if he becomes president, he will make a huge wall in the Mexico-USA borderline and he will actually make Mexico pay for it LOL.

Ironically, he absolutely loves the Mexican Ximena Navarrete, who is the winner of Miss Universe 2010.

As a businessman he is probably a genius, but as a human being, he is a pile a crap. So yeah, I have faith that you Americans won't vote for this moron.


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Aug 26, 2008
Donald Trump's big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop.

New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump's event.

"We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement," reads the June 12 email, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "We understand this is not a traditional 'background job,' but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought."


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Feb 27, 2012
Atlanta, Ga
With the recent Supreme Court cases and events in America, things loom very good for Hillary and quite bad for Rupublican candidates (especially the socially conservative ones).


Nunquam Fidelis
Jul 1, 2009
Columbia, SC
never underestimate religious idiots who can vote
2016 is a Presidential election year, meaning that people under 55 will actually vote in significant numbers. Democrats should have clear advantages in the Presidential race as well as a good chance of regaining control of the Senate (since the Senate seats up for election are the same ones that were up when Republicans won big in 2010).

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