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Krauthammer: Trump Is Running

Earlier this week, Charles Krauthammer said that Donald Trump was the GOP’s Al Sharpton, but yesterday he said that he’s now convinced that the guy is actually running:

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer says Donald Trump reached out to him after a piece he wrote that laced into the developer’s potential 2012 bid — a phone call he said convinced him The Donald is running for president.

“I was prepared for a gale of abuse, because I’ve been really tough on him, and he would have been within his rights to do it,” Krauthammer told Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday night. “Actually he was rather gracious and courteous. … He wanted to make me see, in his view, he was a serious candidate and a serious man.

“He handled that rather well,” Krauthammer added. “I give him the credit for graciousness and restraint. But it convinced me that he’s running, that it’s not just a feint.”

Krauthammer said the call didn’t change his views “on the unseriousness of his candidacy. But as a person, I thought more highly of him… because of the gracious way and the calm and courteous way he discussed the issues.”

Ironically, the call came one day before Krauthammer’s new column on the 2012 race where he says this about Trump:

He’s not a candidate, he’s a spectacle. He’s also not a conservative. With a wink and a smile, Muhammad Ali showed that self-promoting obnoxiousness could be charming. Trump shows that it can be merely vulgar. A provocateur and a clown, the Republicans’ Al Sharpton. The Lions have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl.

Krauthammer is right in his assessment of Trumps chances, but what about his apparent belief that Trump is running? As with all things Trump, it’s hard to tell. He is, as I’ve noted before, doing all the things you’d expect someone to do if they were seriously thinking about running for President, but this is Donald Trump we’re talking about. Anything is possible.

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Comments

  1. hey norm says:

    well if krauthammer says it…then there’s no way trump runs. that guy is wrong more than the local weatherman. if i was wrong that often i wouldn’t have a job.

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  2. michael reynolds says:

    Heh heh heh. Ah hah hah hah.

    The GOP clown college gains another student.

    Good luck to Pawlenty finding any oxygen.

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  3. Hey Norm says:

    @ Reynolds…
    No matter…T-Paw can’t even win Minnesota.
    I wager we haven’t seen the ultimate nominee yet.

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  4. Tano says:

    said that Donald Trump was the GOP’s Al Sharpton, but yesterday he said that he’s now convinced that the guy is actually running:

    Huh?
    Al Sharpton actually ran for president, so how does Trump’s supposed candidacy establish a difference from Sharption?

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  5. Derrick says:

    Al Sharpton actually ran for president, so how does Trump’s supposed candidacy establish a difference from Sharption?

    The difference is that while Al has a much crazier past, he at least tried to present himself as a mainstream candidate because he knew that Tawana Brawley-type screeds wouldn’t fly with Dems. The Republicans are now the exact opposite in that they want all of their candidates to embrace their inner crazy.

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  6. Moosebreath says:

    Counting down the days until Krauthammer pens a column psychoanalyzing Trump’s flaws…

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  7. sam says:

    Speaking of Charles…

    The Anniversary of Krauthammer Day

    And so the year rolls around yet again to Krauthammer Day, the day on which we all celebrate Charles Krauthammer’s confident assertion eight years ago that:

    Hans Blix had five months to find weapons. He found nothing. We’ve had five weeks. Come back to me in five months. If we haven’t found any, we will have a credibility problem.

    Or nearly all of us celebrate it anyway. Charles Krauthammer himself seems to prefer to mark the occasion with an entirely unrelated Run, Paul Ryan Run! column. Which is a little sad – after all it has been five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus five months plus thirty days or so since he first put his, and his friends’ credibility on the line. It would be nice to see him (and others) mark the occasion more formally.

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