No Trump in GOP deck

May 16, 2011

Was it something they said? Or purely a financial calculation for New York’s celebrity real estate magnate?

In any case, Donald Trump disappointed just about anyone hoping his brashness would offer some entertainment in the race for the Republican nomination in 2012: He declared himself off the campaign trail. Well, technically he was never on it.

In the statement notifying his public of the decision not to run for president, Trump was not shy about his prospects if he had decided to throw his hat into the ring.¬† “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”

So it wasn’t a fear of losing that prompted his decision.

And someone with an ego the size of Trump Tower was unlikely to have been scared off by a few sharp jokes from the President of the United States and a Saturday Night Live comedian at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

So it comes down to business.

“Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector,” Trump said.

And for the millions of Americans who supported his never-declared candidacy, Trump had this promise: “I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politicians’ ¬†thoughts.”

So still something to look forward to for fans of The Donald.

Photo credit: Reuters/pool (Trump signs autographs in New Hampshire, May 11)







We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

Thank God, one less yahoo making a farce of our politics. Now if only the media would stop paying attention to this ridiculous man and leave him to bray in the wilderness.

Posted by abouttime | Report as abusive

Now can we see that tax return you promised Donald or was that just another one of your lies.

Posted by seattlesh | Report as abusive