Hundreds of Thousands of Reasons to Distrust Trump

2011 April 12
by bc3b

Donald Trump continues to dominate the headlines. Yesterday Mitt Romney threw his hat in the ring, but few noticed. Trump remained the center of attention – the primary politician discussed and/or interviewed by the cable news channels, evening news shows and morning news programs.

But, the key questions remain unanswered: Why is Trump doing this? Is it benefiting or hurting Barack Obama? Will Trump become the H. Ross Perot of the 2012 election cycle, splitting the opposition vote and assuring a second term for Barack Obama?

We all know what Trump values most … Donald Trump. Trump says “I am very conservative,” yet he has made political donations to Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid and Frank Lautenberg as well as RINOs like Arlen Specter and Charlie Crist.

CNN Poll Shows Trump Tied with the Huckster for #1 – But Can a CNN Poll Be Trusted?

Washington (CNN) – Donald Trump is now tied with Mike Huckabee for first place when Republicans are asked who they support for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, according to a new national poll.

But while a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that the real estate mogul and reality TV star has nearly doubled his support since mid-March, it doesn’t mean he has smooth sailing ahead.

“More than four in ten Republicans say they would not like to see Trump toss his hat in the ring,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Nineteen percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents questioned in the poll say that as of now, they’d be most likely to support Trump for next year’s GOP presidential nomination. Trump says he’ll decide by June whether he runs for the White House. An equal amount say they’d back Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate says he’ll decide by later this year if he’ll make another bid for the White House.

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Trump Threatens to Run as Independent if Denied the GOP Nomination

Donald Trump will “probably” run as an independent candidate for U.S. President in 2012 if he does not receive the Republican party’s nomination, he told the Wall Street Journal in a video interview on Monday.

“I hate what’s happening to the country,” said Mr. Trump, a real estate tycoon and host of the NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice.” He will not formally make a decision until June, however, when this season of his television show is over. “I can’t run during the airing of that show,” Mr. Trump said, “I’m not allowed to.” But he said he would make an announcement “by June” and his candidacy looks increasingly likely.

Mr. Trump’s candidacy would complicate matters for the GOP as it looks to front someone who can unite the fractious party and mount a serious challenge to President Obama’s reelection bid. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll recently found Mr. Trump tied for second place with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee among likely voters in a GOP primary. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who moved a step closer to formally declaring his own candidacy Monday, is still the frontrunner, though not by a wide margin.

“I think the Republicans are very concerned that I [may] run as an independent,” Mr. Trump said. His support is highest among the conservative wing of the party, not least because he is among the so-called “birthers” who doubt that President Obama in fact was born in the U.S. “It’s a very important issue,” Mr. Trump said of demanding that President Obama show his birth certificate, which has separately been reviewed by the media and deemed legitimate. “I’m not ashamed of having raised that issue.”

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OpenSecrets.org Releases Trump’s Political Contributions

REPUBLICAN DONALD TRUMP’S PAST AND CURRENT GENEROSITY TO DEMOCRATS:

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According to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of Trump’s federal campaign contribution history, The Donald has been a prolific donor to both Democrats and Republicans during the past two decades.
In all, Trump has contributed to 96 candidates running for federal political office since the 1990 election cycle, the Center finds. Only 48 of the recipients — exactly half — were Republicans at the time they received their contribution, including ex-Gov. Charlie Crist (I-Fla.) and ex-Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who both of whom received their Trump contributions as Republicans.
Since the 1990 election cycle, the top 10 recipients of Trump’s political contributions number six Democrats and four Republicans.
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The top Republican recipient of Trump’s money is Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who has collected $13,600 from the billionaire magnate, the second most of any politician. Trump did not contribute to McCain during the 2010 election cycle, during which the former presidential candidate was facing re-election.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is the recipient of $12,000 in Trump contributions, including $10,000 for his 2006 re-election campaign.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has received the fourth-largest amount of Trump’s contributions, including $4,800 in the successful 2010 campaign against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. In total Trump has contributed $10,400 to Reid.
In 2010, Trump also contributed $4,000 to Sen. Chuck Schumer(D-N.Y.), who easily won re-election. Schumer has received $8,900 from Trump since the 1996 election cycle. Trump has also been generous to New York’s other Democratic U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s received $5,850 in Trump money.
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Trump has also supported other notable politicians, including:
• $7,000 to former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), the “liberal lion of the Senate”
• $7,500 to former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R)
• $5,500 to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) including $2,000 during his 2004 presidential run
• $5,000 to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
• $4,000 to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)
• $2,000 to former President George W. Bush (R)
• $1,000 to then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)
Trump’s donations to various political action committees and 527 groups also demonstrate his bipartisan checkbook.
Hat tip: CNN, outsidethebeltway.com and opensecrets.org
18 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 April 12 10:00 am
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    bc3b permalink

    It’s very telling that OpenSecrets.org calls American Crossroads “ultra-conservative.” How can a group with Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie among its leadership possibly be “ultra-conservative.”

  2. 2011 April 12 10:10 am
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    MI Conservative permalink

    relevent

  3. 2011 April 12 10:26 am
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    mpthompson permalink

    I don’t trust Trump any further than I could throw him, but I love seeing him kick Obama in the nuts every time he gets a chance to on mainstream television programs. Who elses is ripping into Obama on shows such as Today, Good Morning America and The View. Through Trump’s self-promotion, millions of Americans are getting their first glimpse at someone who clearly and distinctly makes the case Obama is terrible for this nation. Mouthing the birther stuff is just a small price to pay for such access.

    Palin is about the only other GOP person who would have access to such programs (based on her celebrity), but so far she chooses not to appear. I very much like Sarah, but perhaps Sarah can learn a bit from Trump about caring a little less about what others think and say about you. Perhaps it takes an ego driven a-hole to really go after the ego driven a-hole in the White House.

  4. 2011 April 12 10:40 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Hey, what do you expect? The man’s an operator. He knows that greased wheels pay off. The Dims have been in control for the last 4 years so natch he’s going to pay them.

    Still prefer not to vote for him. I like some of his observations, but like the post points out, too much ambiguity.

  5. 2011 April 12 10:48 am
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    MI Conservative permalink

    Anyone but “O”

  6. 2011 April 12 11:03 am
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    retlaw permalink

    As we say when sitting down to play a nice game of “bridge”

    “NO TRUMP”

  7. 2011 April 12 11:18 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  8. 2011 April 12 11:28 am
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    JustMary permalink

    I agree with whoever said in the last thread that Trump needs to run as a dem, if he is serious about getting the won out of office.

  9. 2011 April 12 11:37 am
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    JustMary permalink

    #7 How selfish of them! Greedy capitalists!!!! Hasn’t anyone told them that when you spread the “knowledge” around, it is good for everybody? How dare they expect to profit from their efforts!

    I love this.

  10. 2011 April 12 11:37 am
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    bc3b permalink

    I would love to see both Arianna and AOL get bit in the butt.

  11. 2011 April 12 11:42 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    JM, your observation is more on the mark than you might expect. A short interview by the judge —

    [judge] Sir, you did not interview for a job correct? Nor did you file W-4 paperwork correct? You did your efforts with Huffington for a cause correct?
    [plaintiff] Well yeah. But now that that b@!#$ went and sold off I want my share…
    [judge] Were you offered stock?
    [plaintiff] No.
    [judge] Get the hell out of here. Next case!

  12. 2011 April 12 11:43 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Trump: Koran Teaches Negative Vibe:

    http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2011/04/12/brody-file-exclusive-donald-trump-says-something-in-koran-teaches.aspx

    He is bashing all the sacred cows … but I still don’t trust him.

  13. 2011 April 12 12:12 pm
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  14. 2011 April 12 12:12 pm
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    “Trump Threatens to Run as Independent if Denied the GOP Nomination”

    Second look at Huck????????????

  15. 2011 April 12 12:23 pm
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    People are going to keep putting up with this? Seriously?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba030UmbkCo

  16. 2011 April 12 12:59 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Eph, I don’t know why they do…but they do. Oh wait, I DO know why they do: because Obama is President!

    If Bush was President these new “Child Groping Zones” would be villified by the Left and media (same people) 24×7. But because Obama is President no one wants to mention what a massive invasion of privacy and personal space this is!

    Granted, Bush was bad enough. But these new “touch ’em wherever you want rules” came in with OBAMA.

    I swear, FULL CAVITY SEARCHES of children and adults is not far off if this continues.

  17. 2011 April 12 2:00 pm
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    conservativetony permalink

    Second look at Huck

    I never gave him a first look

  18. 2011 April 12 2:07 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    I swear, FULL CAVITY SEARCHES of children and adults is not far off if this continues. — JR

    What? That’s not a search that’s a HHS proctology exam. See Obamacare is already working!!

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