Delusional Donald Trump Says He Would Have Beaten Obama In 2012

Shameless self-promoter Donald Trump is once again trying to draw attention to himself, as the informal 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes begin in earnest, this weekend, at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Trump made headlines on Friday for telling the Des Moines Register what flaws he saw in the Republican candidates. However, his biggest whopper came at a private dinner when Trump boasted:

I was leading in every poll. … I regret that I didn’t stay in. I would’ve won the race against Obama. He would’ve been easy. Hillary is tougher to beat than Obama, but Hillary is very beatable.

Mr. Trump has a remarkably selective memory. Apparently, he remembers his brief lead in GOP polling, early in 2011. However, he conveniently forgets that his polling numbers collapsed from 26 percent GOP support in April to 8 percent support in May. Not only did he not lead in the polls, he was a distant fifth place in the Republican field, by May of 2011.

Trump is again teasing the American public by suggesting that he is interested in running for the White House again in 2016. Not that Americans are especially interested. The Donald plays this game every four years but never ultimately chooses to run. Trump is strongly disliked by American voters now. Despite his delusions of grandeur, he was also loathed in the run-up to the 2012 election. He may try to fool himself, but one reason he never entered the presidential contest is because he would have lost badly. Polling from 2011 shows that he was deeply unpopular in the crucial swing states that decide Presidential elections.

Ironically, Trump laments that Mitt Romney was a poor candidate to challenge Obama. Of course, Mitt Romney’s main political liability was that he came across as an economically tone deaf rich guy who couldn’t relate to the struggles of ordinary working Americans. It’s hard to imagine that Donald Trump would have sidestepped that political narrative. He is every bit as out of touch as Romney. On top of that, Trump appears more petulant. The media would have had a field day with his campaign, and voters would have rejected him quite handily. This is something Donald probably knows deep down. He chose not to run because he knew his candidacy was doomed from the start.

Naturally, Mr. Trump is not alone in Republican fantasy land. Former Bears football coach, Mike Ditka, once told a North Dakota crowd, that he regretted not running for the Illinois Senate seat in 2004 because he “probably would have won”. Consequently, had President Obama never won that Senate seat, he would not have been able to use it as a springboard to launch himself into the White House four years later.

Republicans who have gone up against Barack Obama have lost every time. Donald Trump may fancy himself a strong candidate, but public opinion polls do not support his claims to being electable. He can tell himself he could be, should be, would be, President Trump some day. However, as long as he is unable to convince voters to agree with him, it’s not going to happen.

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  • Mr, Rump, or is it mr. bankruptcy? I believe he needs medical help. He couldnt beat Romney, who lost BIG to Obama, you might say landslide...Don, you're not the guy. You dont got "it".

  • In the real world-- there was only one reason that Donald Trump could not defeat PBO in 2012-- he was Donald Trump.

    You see, reality "trumps" RW Delusional World every time-- just ask PBO: he won both times (in a landslide).

  • I blame the media for pretending these carnival barkers are actually viable enough to give them the airtime.

    Palin is out there running her mouth too. It's like a 2fer of stupid today.

    Bush and Romney not moving the needle leaves room for idiots like these to take up oxygen.

  • And if his mom had been a buzzard instead of a harpy he’d be able to fly is tubby rear to work. Ifs and Buts are this schill’s MO.

  • The greatest 'political capital' these folks have is self-delusion. Not a good way to attract the electorate.

  • If you can stomache it, you can watch the republican nut jobs in Iowa on c-span.

    Prett sure Newt just slammed Christie and endorsed Bush, lol.

    Santorum has lost the sweater vest.

    quite interesting how they are all about helping the little guy now.

    • Their actions do not emulate any concern for the little guy. They want to:

      eliminate healthcare
      stop unemployment assistance
      cut social security
      cut food stamps while voting themselves
      farm subsidies
      pollute our Earth
      restrict voting rights
      reject a living minimum wage
      send your kids to die in a war for profit
      restrict womens' health decisions

  • Why do I get the feeling that Trump has a bust of PT Barnum proudly displayed on his mantle? He seems to regard the vast majority of Americans as a bunch of suckers, eagerly clinging to every bombastic, self-serving comment that he makes, regardless of whether his revelations have any basis in fact.

    Bottom line: as is the case with fellow media-whore Palin, Trump has no intention of actually throwing his hat in the ring, but he continually creates the illusion that he might become a serious candidate in order to stay in the spotlight and advertise his brand.

    ... 3 parts hyperbolic sensationalism, ... 3 parts reality-devoid, fact-deficient rumor-mongering, ... 4 parts grandiose self-promotion.

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