Donald Trump “Researching” 2016 Run

Looks like we’ll have Donald Trump to kick around for awhile longer:

Donald Trump has spent more than $1 million on electoral research for a potential presidential run in 2016.

Sources said the tough-talking “Celebrity Apprentice” host is increasingly being asked to speak at Republican events, and he appeared at the Oakland County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi, Mich., last week to a record crowd of 2,300.

“Everybody tells me, ‘Please run for president. Please run for president.’ I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along,” Trump reportedly told attendees. “I’d be happy if President Obama did a great job. I’m a Republican, but before anything, I love this country. I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great.”

Trump considered a run for the White House last year against Obama, but ultimately didn’t enter the race, instead making his attention-grabbing $5 million offer to the president to turn over his birth records. And when asked if he’d consider a political run, Trump recently said it was “highly unlikely.”

But Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Trump, told us they commissioned the $1 million in research into Trump’s standing in each state, and to gauge those he would need to win over.

“The electoral research was commissioned. We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf,” Cohen said. “At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing.”

Now, I don’t think for a second that Trump is actually going to run, but I’m sure we’ll see the same ridiculous game we saw in 2011 when he was allegedly flirting with the idea of running, and the same nervous reactions from Republicans afraid that he might actually do it.

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  1. Ernieyeball says:

    That’s not his real Birth Certificate and anything he claims is his real Birth Certificate is not his real Birth Certificate.

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    I thought our long national nightmare was over.

  3. anjin-san says:

    sWelcome to today’s GOP. He can hold joint new conference with his ex wives, who will tell us what a stud he is (apparently that is a requirement to collect alimony)

  4. gVOR08 says:

    And where are the clowns?
    Quick, send in the clowns.
    Don’t bother – they’re here.

    – Stephen Sondheim

    I was afraid this might be boring. The consensus still seems to be the nomination it’s Jeb if he wants it; And Richard Cardinal Santorum if Jeb doesn’t run. But it looks like we’ll still have some fun in the beginning.

  5. al-Ameda says:

    All I can say is … I hope he runs

  6. Leo says:

    I would vote for Trump just to see what kind of Job he would do. he could do no worse than Obama .

  7. Gaby says:

    The saying about a sucker being born every minute applies to anyone who believes a word Donald Tacky says. Come on, this clown has been “thinking about running for President” probably since his first bankruptcy.

  8. How, exactly, do you spend $1 million just on research? And since this is from the New York Post, let me just go ahead and call bullshit.

  9. Caj says:

    I hope he does. This buffoon is so much fun to watch. Wonder how many private investigators he’ll have to send out to investigate the chosen Democrat this time. I hope whoever runs as a Democrat demands to see his birth cerificate. It’s doubtful he’s even from planet earth let alone the US. Yes, the big man thinks he’s so beloved that people will fall at his knees and kiss his ring! Well, assuming he can see them with those glorious locks cascading around that face that scowls so much it makes milk turn sour! Bring it on Donald, it was great last time, it be even better next time round.

  10. superdestroyer says:

    Bloggers, pundits, wonks , and wannabes should go Cold Turkey and top writing about idiots like Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Michelle Bachman, Christine O’Donnell and all of the rest. They are irrelevant and they are nothing more than an excuse to not write about relevant issues such as the dominant Democratic Party and those to can actually affect policy or governance.

    I guess it is easier to mock publicity hounds who are totally irrelevant rather than write about those who actually control policy.

  11. Argon says:

    It’s all self-promotion. Nothing to see here, move along.

  12. bk says:

    @superdestroyer: Lighten up, Francis.

  13. RJ from Austin says:

    @Leo: Troll.

  14. So I take it a new season of The Apprentice is starting soon?

  15. Tony W says:


    I guess it is easier to mock publicity hounds who are totally irrelevant rather than write about those who actually control policy.

    It’s easier because those “hounds” make up the sum-total of the Republican party at the moment. By being intransigent they make themselves irrelevant.

  16. Caj says:

    It’s about time someone told Donald Trump he was fired! He just can’t stay out of the limelight.
    I’m so wonderful! I own the best hotels in the world! I’m so rich! He’s so full of himself, what he’s really saying is: I love me who do you love? So I guess the circus clowns are circling the wagons again for round two! I’m sure Herman 999, pizza’s my game Cain will jump on board. Rick, I can’t remember the third thing oops Perry may jump back in. Rand, filibuster like it’s 1776 Paul may jump in. Marco, look at me I’m all for Latinos…for now Rubio may jump in. Last but not least, Sarah Palin, dear Sarah who can see Russia from her house bless her heart. If she can find Joe the dumb Plumber, Ted I’m off my rocker Nugent and Wayne grab a gun to survive LaPierre to stump for her she’ll become president for sure. Sorry, I just got carried away there. But you get the idea that Republicans don’t stand a chance in 2016!

  17. superdestroyer says:

    @Tony W:

    And how will giving Democrats whatever they want help the Republicans. There is no middle ground for Democrats, you either give them what they want (and take the blame for all failures) or you are an evil person who is not serious about governance.

    How does creating new government programs that create more automatic Democratic Party voters good for the Republicans.

  18. Leo says:

    @RJ from Austin: No I am not a troll but a former military intelligence officer ..idiot .

  19. Just 'nutha' ig'rant cracker says:

    @Leo: Once again establishing the oxymoronic quality of the words “military” and “intelligence” when placed side by side as a compound noun.

    And it is possible to be both a former military officer (of any sort) and a troll at the same time.

  20. al-Ameda says:


    No I am not a troll but a former military intelligence officer ..idiot .

    Then, how did you come to the conclusion that Trump – who is the only person I know of who declared bankruptcy on a casino operation, and who offered a $5M bounty to anyone who could prove that Hawaii was not in the Union when Obama was born – could somehow have done better than Obama in steering this country through the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression?