Trump hits back, slams Sen. Lamar Alexander
March 7th, 2011
08:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Trump hits back, slams Sen. Lamar Alexander

(CNN) - Donald Trump said Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander should “stop trying to get free publicity on the back of Donald Trump” on Monday, a day after the Tennessee senator told CNN that Trump has "absolutely no chance of winning" a presidential race.

“Sen. Lamar Alexander, who I do not know and have heard very little about over the years, perhaps because of a certain ineffectiveness, has recently stolen my line, word for word, about [Texas Rep.] Ron Paul, by stating that ‘Donald Trump has absolutely no chance of winning’ in a Presidential contest,” Trump said in a statement.

Alexander was discussing the pool of potential 2012 presidential contenders on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday when he told CNN’s Candy Crowley that there's “always someone like Donald Trump who has absolutely no chance of winning,” and that Trump is “famous for being famous."

The real estate tycoon and television star has repeatedly said he is seriously considering a run for president, but for now is focusing on the latest season of his hit show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” Trump told CNN last week that that he will not make a decision about a bid for the White House until June.

In a Newsweek/Daily Beast poll release last month, Trump was just two percentage points behind President Obama in a hypothetical head-to-head ballot, 43 to 41, and well within the poll’s sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Shortly after the poll's release, the potential candidate boasted of the positive numbers, saying in a YouTube video that they came as no surprise because his is a “message of common sense.” In his response to Alexander, Trump likewise predicted that he would fair well in the senator’s home state.

“As a Republican, I will not be looking for his support but think that, if I run, I will do very well in the state of Tennessee,” Trump said.

“The great people of Tennessee, like me, do not like being taken advantage of by the rest of the world, whether it’s China, South Korea, India, Pakistan, (who take our aid but won’t deliver Osama bin Laden), the OPEC nations who are destroying our country with their pricing of oil, or many others," Trump said.


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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Really Trump? You've never heard of Lamar? He is quite well known actually. He has lost several bids for the presidency before... I think that's what he is most famous for.

    March 8, 2011 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Maybe trump can do a fly over with his big corporate jet. Remind us how in touch you are with the little people.
    This guy is a first class idiot!!! There seem to be a lot of them in the rethug party.

    March 8, 2011 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  3. Whammybar

    Go Donald go! Wouldn't it be awsome to have a President that would stop the international handouts. Worldwide welfare on the backs of US taxpayers could come to and end.

    March 8, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that Alexander is correct - Trump has no chance of being elected president under any ticket. Then again neither does Alexander or Paul; no chance of winning or being taken seriously.

    March 8, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  5. Terry - Indiana

    Come now children, we all must play and work together, or nothing will get done.

    March 8, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  6. GODZILLA1

    That is just Trump's hair talking.

    March 8, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  7. NJfinest2009

    Wow! Way to go Donald Duck! all the money you have, will not buy you the white house! Like you lots but on TV

    March 8, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  8. Common Sense

    Maybe Trump needs to Google "absolutely no chance of winning". He will find out that he was not the first to say those exact same words about a person wanting to be President. It was stated years ago by people when Ralph Nader was once again running for President. So like many things with Trump he states it and wants people to believe it was an original thought and complains when others say the same thing.

    March 8, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  9. AEK

    Someone, please, fire the Donald. The White House is a very large building but not large enough for this mans ego. Not what we need governing our country.

    March 8, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  10. chris

    The guy has an ego the size of the world!! He talks a good game because he has money and his concern is about his little Trump stage, however once you are the President, you are on the world stage and their are a whole lot more things to be concerned with!! His so call straight talk could have this Country in a very "Jacked Up" situation!!

    March 8, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  11. miriam chorev

    I really hope Mr. Trump will stay with his show. he is too much in love with himself and I have never seen him joining any other cause, but promoting himself (I am sure he gives money, but that is easy). He does not seem presidential to me.

    March 8, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  12. Sam

    I'm not a big fan of Lamar Alexander's, but I'm even less of a fan of Donald Trump's. I think Senator Alexadner put it quite succinctly when he he said that Mr. Bad Combpover With a Oversized Ego has no chance of being elected President of the United States. Put in a way that Trump might better understand..."you're not getting hired". Stick to fighting with Rosie O'Donnell, who is more your intellectual equal.

    March 8, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  13. some guy in New Hampshire

    If this is an example of Trump's presidential leadership - "He stole my line!" - then this is even worse than I expected. Style is not substance; personality does note equal effectiveness. Can we PLEASE stop paying attention to a reality TV personality as if he might actually be capable of discharging the responsibilities of the presidency?

    March 8, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  14. Name king

    The senator is right trump, you need to go to your buddies on wall street," which you guys trying to deregulate so bad", and ask them why are they using the middle east problems to boast their gigantic oil companies pockets, and stop using the president as a scape goat to fool these ignorant people with lies and receipt to justify your rich oil buddies taking advantage of these ignorant Americans and their pocket books. And please stop acting like you repugs and your rich oil buddies have morality, because all Americans are not stupid.

    March 8, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. jim

    i could not, in good conscience, vote for donald trump. he has shown he has little interest in the common american.

    March 8, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  16. william wallace

    Mr Trunp PLEASE PLEASE run for the sake of our country

    March 8, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. cecilia

    this is what the GOP needs - one more hateful speech maker like Trump – one more decider – one more say anything and do anything to be noticed – but no solutions – what a calculatingly nasty put down of the TN Senator –
    is there anyone in the GOP who can make a statement about someone without putting them down, calling names or spreading lies. thought not – they even get buses from the Koch Bros. to paint their nasty signs on and then drive them around the county with the Koch gas card no doubt

    March 8, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  18. diridi

    I think Trump should run, for making very easy for Obama, of course, even otherwise also makes him win....We need to pass two things, one, pass Senate and Congress Term-Limits....I mean, "Term limits for senate and congress" the other is pass Natural Gas Act 1835 and S 1408. Use Domestic Natural Gas for Trucks, and Cars could save the nation's dependance on foreign oil....so that Dubai will catch this Donald Duck....and all GOP idiots...We do not need OPEC oil....Eric Cantor on CNBC is shameful....I do not know why even they interview this idiot...he was deviating the subjects, and no substance in his Answers.....I pity VA elected this idiot.....shame Virginia....shame....do not brand yourself as GOP state....21st century change all.....not 4th century......

    March 8, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  19. Dale

    Trump has (almost) no chance of winning. True. But the same can be said about most of the Republican contenders.

    March 8, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  20. TimInNC

    OPEC killing us with their pricing of oil? OMG! "The Trump" dosen't even understand Free market economics, and the effect speculators, not the oil producing countries, are having on the price of oil...and this idiot wants to be President?

    March 8, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  21. Steve Jackson

    Go trump you talk the talk but you can't deliver like all the others ones in office the others will tell you what you can and can't do like don't touch oil they all are making something good from it money stocks and a lot more keep themselves rich

    March 8, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  22. Mike S.

    Trump should join the group of Republican candidates. A can of mixed nuts can always use one more.

    March 8, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. LegendRx

    Delusional Trump. . . "famous for being famous" I like that analogy. As far as intelligence goes, Trump would be another George W Bush. I'm just saying . . . "Not electable"

    March 8, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  24. Steve, New York City

    Trump can boast about his business sense and his Ivy League education (Wharton, UPenn I believe) . . .and he even had some businesses that filed for bankruptcy. I have no idea what he'll be like on social policy, but his experience with bankruptcy might help him to manage our near-bankrupt federal government. Thanks, Wolfowitz and your neo-con loser friends for getting us into Iraq. No McCain – you and Lieberman need to start thinking beyond what AIPAC wants you to do, and realize that we cannot afford another no-fly zone.

    March 8, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. SCOTT

    Trump should run, I will vote for him. I think he could turn this country around.

    March 8, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
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