Trump dumps GOP
December 23rd, 2011
03:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Trump dumps GOP

(CNN) - Donald Trump continued to tease a potential presidential run by changing his voter registration Thursday from Republican to "unaffiliated" and publicly denouncing the behavior of members of his former party.

Michael Cohen, an aide to Trump, said the real estate mogul and reality television star made the switch "in order to preserve his right to run for president as an independent if he's not satisfied with who the Republicans nominate."

The change was made with the New York State Board of Elections.

Cohen added that Trump was "disgusted with the way Republicans are handling" the payroll tax cut extension, saying the actions of Republicans were partly to blame for his party change.

Cohen also cited foreign policy issues, claiming Trump had been ahead of the curve in predicting security issues in Iraq after the U.S. pulled out troops.

"Iraq is imploding. Who else has been saying this except Trump?" Cohen said.

Trump's party switch is just the latest move taken by the businessman to indicate he might run for president. He very publicly contemplated a run in the Spring before announcing he wasn't willing to give up his reality show "The Apprentice" to launch a campaign.

Trump's presidential aspirations sprung up again in December, when he cancelled his appearance as moderator of a presidential debate, saying he wasn't "willing to give up my right to run as an independent candidate."


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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Ted

    Wow this idiot has more brains than I expected. Dumping the GOP. Well it's a start. Still wouldn't vote for him.

    December 23, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. orthyy

    Donny-- your a GASHOLE!

    December 23, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Ron

    Please......who really cares!!!

    December 23, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. DJ in Texas

    Yawn.........so what??

    December 23, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Grog Says

    So what is he registered now as ?
    A moron ?
    Does that mean we have to go thru the birther thing again?
    It still pains me to look at his hair.

    December 23, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Indy

    "Iraq is imploding. Who else has been saying this except Trump?" Cohen said.

    Everybody said that and expected that including Obama, but no more money for Iraq, time to leave period, this does not mean everybody is qualified to be President. Trump is playing another marketing scam by saying he might run for President. He has been saying this for thirty years but has never had the cajones to work for the people,all Trump all the time.Trump has gained millions of haters in the past year and is sinking his trade name into another bankruptcy, who would seriously buy ao pay service to anything with the name Trump these days......not many people.

    December 23, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. awesome

    So funny. As an independent for 30 years raised in an independent family I commend trump for getting closer to exercizing his right to be a free minded Pro-American.

    December 23, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Rob1961

    Please-Donald, your time is up–go away and take your self-promoting TV program with you. Leave us in peace.

    December 23, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. ricklindat

    Trump could not be elected to president, but could devide the republican party and give the election to Obama. Shame on him. Doesn't he remember what Perot did to President Bush?

    December 23, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. stevetall

    So being a lousy businessman who has declared backruptcy on several occasions makes Trump a good candidate for president? You're kidding, right? Captain Comb-over at the helm would be another opportunity for him to benefit personally while everyone else gets left holding the bag. When will CNN stop taking this guy seriously? The rest of us have long ago.

    December 23, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. scottf

    Trump can run as an Independent Clown and still keep his ties to the Republican Clown Circus.

    December 23, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. bresson

    He's a true narcissist in thinking people care at all what he does... The media here is only feeding his ego. None of this matters.

    December 23, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. D.J. Nemcovsky

    Has anyone ever run for president with a rodent stapled to his head before? If democrats use a donkey for a symbol and the republicans use an elephant, can Trump use a muskrat or something similar?

    December 23, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    @ Independent Voters: "Trump will never get my vote and I will vote Obama for 4 more years."

    As an independent voter myself, I find your post repulsive using the screen name "Independent VoterS! Please don't speak for the Independent Voters OK! You'd be much better off admitting that you're the Liberal left wing Democrat that you obviously are!

    December 23, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Mark

    If he did run, I am wondering how much damage that would do to the GOP; they would face the prospect of dissatisfied moderate republicans jumping – and Obama slides ride up the middle – its not the first time it happened.

    December 23, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Mary

    Oh please! This has nothing to do with the tax deal or with Iraq. Trump's feelings are still bruised because no one wanted to attend his mockery of a debate. It amazes me that someone so wealthy and so successful is so insecure and thin-skinned.

    Trump did not dump the GOP; the GOP dumped Trump.

    December 23, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. bresson

    JP, when has it ever been any different?

    December 23, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. DC

    Good for him. I also am a former Republican. No one in his right mind would support the BS the extremists of the Republican party are trying to sell American voters. I hope he does run as an independent. He certainly will get some important issues on the table and, if nothing else, he will make it interesting.

    December 23, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. works4me

    Atta boy Donald... that'll teach 'em. A lesson they won't soon forget, you Richard Cranium.

    December 23, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Mike

    Trump is one of the brightest minds out there having successfully developed many businesses that continue to grow even in down economies, this is someone that speaks his mind, generating healthy debate and new ideas. A genuine leader unlike the bought and paid for politions we have now. People that down play him fear his ability to make change happen, and ruin thier chances of continuing the unemployment pay, they recieve. He will cut you off and you will have to get a job. He has my vote.

    December 23, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. bipar

    talk about people that flip flop

    December 23, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. leonard

    this is what the so-called leader of the free world has come to....God help us all

    December 23, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. rami

    Is this y for real? And I'm reading this trash.

    December 23, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. GODZILLA1

    But I want him to run – that way Obama not only wins re-election but the Democrats recapture the House and hold the Senate and then they can steamroll the Republican minority.

    December 23, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Gerold

    Trump is such a baby! He had to cancel his moderation of the joke he was trying to secure as a "debate". Nobody wanted to participate. It just goes to show you that he is not all that he thinks he is. Rush couldn't do it, and Trump can't do it- that is convince the GOP that they are their expert representatives. "Unaffiliated"? He was never affiliated with the GOP- if he was he would not retreat in such a huff!

    December 23, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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