According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, a senior adviser to Donald Trump told the paper on Tuesday, that Trump will not be renewing his contract with NBC, for the reality TV series “Apprentice”, so that he can pursue a White House bid. Although Trump has toyed with the idea of running for president in the past, this is the first time he has launched an exploratory committee, indicating that he might actually be serious this time.
On Wednesday morning, Trump issued a statement making it clear that he is moving forward in his efforts to be elected the 45th President of the United States. In his statement, Trump said:
I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of the entire world. Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians – who are all talk and no action! I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world – and very little debt! All Americans deserve the same opportunity. Our real unemployment rate is staggering while our manufacturing base is eroding on a daily basis.
We must rebuild our infrastructure, control our borders, support local control of education, greatly strengthen our military, care for our veterans and put Americans back to work! We must stop other countries from totally taking advantage of our representatives who are being out-negotiated at every turn. I am the only one who can make America truly great again!
Of course, in his statement, Trump failed to mention that he filed for corporate bankruptcy four times–in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. He remains a billionaire, not because of his successful business model, but because he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and because he has been able to leverage U.S. laws to maximize his wealth, despite his incompetence.
In addition to forming an exploratory committee, Trump has also reportedly hired staff in New York, as well as in key early primary and caucus states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. He will be meeting with veterans and local business owners in New Hampshire on Thursday.
Donald Trump has always entertained delusions of grandeur. In a January interview in Iowa, Trump insisted that he would have won had he run for president in 2012, claiming:
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.
Now, Trump has an opportunity to put his money where his mouth is. Unfortunately for him, voters are likely to give the daffy billionaire a harsh reality check. According to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 74 percent of Republican primary voters say they couldn’t see themselves voting for Donald Trump. With those kind of polling numbers, no amount of money can save him from an almost certain humiliating defeat.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.