Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00
If there ever was a character with more TV presence than Donald Trump, please let me know. From his weekly television show, The Apprentice, to political commentary on Cable television, and from his presiding over a presidential debate for Newsmax, to his own expressed interest in being, first, a Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump seems to be addicted to television. He really likes the spotlight.
What is most interesting to me is hisearly declaration about running in the Republican Primary for president. At the start, he led the field. But, he really could not run if he wanted to keep his personal TV show. Then, he dropped out.
Next, he continues to give political commentary for cable news, something not prevented because of The Apprentice.
Then, he decided to host a presidential debate for Newsmax. The results of that effort were interesting. Only two presidential candidates agreed to participate – Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. All of the other candidates refused to participate, and I fully agree with their decision.
Donald Trump is all about Donald Trump, and he has as much personal baggage as Newt Gingrich. Beyond that, I heard him, on TV, clearly say that he never went into bankruptcy. The truth is that, while he may never have personally filed for bankruptcy, four of his Trump-branded companies have filed for bankruptcy – just a choice of words?
That is Donald Trump, and I have heard the same thing about him from many other people. He always has to be the center of attention. And there is one other footnote about the Trump family. I would regularly see his father play cards with senior citizens at a clubhouse in Queens Village, NY. The father was always open and blended in totally with all of his fellow poker players – quite a contrast with Donald.
There are many people, not just in the political arena, who are self-centered on themselves. You can find them in business and even in social settings. But, in the case of Donald Trump, there is one other area where I have a concern. If you are for the re-election of Barack Obama, you can now stop reading this piece.
To go on, I have to go back to his on and off again talk about running for president as an Independent or as a Republican. By the way, Trump recently changed his New York voter registration from Republican to “unaffiliated.” You figure out where he is headed next? The last Independent run for president was in 1992 when Ross Perot took 14 percent of the vote, causing George H.W. Bush to lose to Bill Clinton by 45 percent to 41 percent. Donald Trump could cause the re-election of President Obama. Stay tuned, because Donald Trump still needs attention.