Donald Trump Says He Has A “Big Surprise” For The Republican Convention

Donald Trump says he has a big surprise planned for the Republican convention:

First, the bad news for Donald Trump fans: He’s apparently not going to give a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. He declined an invitation to deliver a major address “because he relishes the role he plays as an independent voice and believes his support of the Romney campaign could be served in other ways,” according to a story Thursday in the conservative publication Newsmax.

But fear not Trumpizens, there’s good news, too! The Donald is going to take part in a big “surprise” at the GOP confab, says the Newsmax account, “but the nature of his involvement is being kept secret.”

We love surprises, and this one sounds delicious – what do you think Team Romney allegedly wants the developer/reality show host to do?

Is it too much to hope that it involves a certain orange haired ignoramus jumping off the tallest building in Tampa?

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  1. Moosebreath says:

    I bet it’s another “proof” that Obama was not born in the US, which will be debunked immediately, but applauded within the convention.

  2. Murray says:

    He sure knows how to stay in the news cycle.

  3. DRS says:

    He’s going to put the hair on a leash and lead it through the convention centre.

  4. Modulo Myself says:

    Tells a man in blackface “You’re fired.”

    The focus groups absolutely loved it.

  5. Gromitt Gunn says:

    He’s going to reveal that he’s actually a Democrat and has been playing Rope-a-Dope with the birthers since last summer?

  6. legion says:

    He’s firing Romney and making it a “Trump/Ryan” ticket.

    Although Moosebreath’s is actually more plausible. Does anyone know what Joe Arpaio’s schedule is like?

  7. al-Ameda says:

    “because he relishes the role he plays as an independent voice and believes his support of the Romney campaign could be served in other ways,”

    Trump is as “independent” a voice as is Michelle Bachmann.

    We know what Trump is going to do – present more “evidence” to support his Birther fetish. Trump is still seething that he was the butt of jokes at that National Press Club Dinner in 2011. Remember this one, by President Obama:

    “I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but nobody is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald,” the president said. “And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like: did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?”

  8. Fausta says:

    Every time The Donald pops up, my only thought is “GO AWAY!”

  9. grumpy realist says:

    @DRS: The standard term for Trump over at BadFiction is “tribble mobility scooter.”

    Maybe ol’ Trump’s hair and Callista Gingrich’s hair can get together and have offspring…my suspicion is we’d see a lot of barking instead.

  10. DRF says:

    Trump didn’t “decline” an invitation to speak at the Convention; none was offered to him. Typical Trump narcissism-he’s unwilling to admit that he’s not wanted there.

  11. John Burgess says:

    I suppose it’s too much to wish that he’d put a gun in his mouth and pull the trigger? Or take cyanide before the gathered masses?

    Announce that he’s going in for sex reassignment surgery and then run for Pope?

    Perhaps he’ll announce that he’ll be the target of “Clown Dunk” until the 2016 elections.

  12. Gustopher says:

    I’m hoping Trump announces that Romney’s birth certificate is genuine, but that he has suspicions that Ryan might be a secret Canadian living among us.

  13. David M says:

    Alternate Tea Party ticket: Trump/Palin 2012

  14. anjin-san says:

    New trophy wife?

  15. rudderpedals says:

    The toupe has a name, a life, a book contract, and appears this fall on Dancing With the Stars?

  16. MarkedMan says:

    DRF nails it: I would bet dollars to doughnuts that Trump did not decline an invitation – he was never offered. Trump is an embarrassment to the party and by now they have realized he is not a big donor either. I have a friend who is in the major office building construction business (think ‘skyscrapers’) and he says it is well known in that industry that Trump talks big, then specs the cheapest most shoddy components, then stiffs on payment. I’m sure by now he’s made all kinds of promises to support people but they’ve begun to notice the check never arrives…

  17. J-Dub says:

    I wish President Obama had simply said this “Ladies and gentlemen, for my first joke, Mr Donald Trump!”

  18. LaMont says:


    You can Bet “the Donald” is still seething. Don’t forget the fact that just one day after President Obama roasted him, his breaking news of the killing of Bin Laden preempted the closing moments (I believe the last 15 minutes) of Trump’s show (The Apprentice) on the east coast. Adding salt to the womb – the local news covered the story directly after the press conference causing the show to air later on the west coast. Obama completely dismantled any remaining thought taken seriously of Trump’s chances as a republican candidate for president within just 24 hours. Absolutely hilarious!!!

  19. gVOR08 says:

    A really nice big surprise would be if the media didn’t cover whatever silly stunt Trump has in mind.