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. freidamurray

    I love a parade! Entertainment for me!

    December 23, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I'll bet Meat Loaf will support him.

    December 23, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Repuliclost

    Trump is going to Fire the Repulicans and well deserved.

    December 23, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. machende

    Is he going run with wig or without the wig on? I bet you those wigs cost millions of dolars to make them look alike. Can you imagine a president who is very rich and does not see the common BALD man struggles actually get to understand the the baldless common man?

    Yes Run Trump so OBAMA can be relected! Make our day you DFu*ck

    December 23, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Repuliclost

    Even Trump who was born in outer space knows these guys are out of touch with normal working Americans.

    December 23, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Dave

    @Claudia – The Donald got one thing right – if not for George W. Bush, there would have never been a Barack Obama. Trump vs. the current Congress – who has the lowest ratings? But Trump has changed views more times than a runway model – except that I doubt anyone is interested in what he has to show us anymore, probably because what he has previously shown us is not very flattering.

    December 23, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. scott

    Donald Trump is an egomaniac, he is not to be taken seriously, and certainly would not make a good president. Anyone who combs his hair in 16 different directions would be a flip flopper on policy issues.

    December 23, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    Mike,
    Trump is a game show host that is looking to make money off of the attention he gets from an election. if you think he is actually going to run, I have a bridge near his home that I will sell you!

    December 23, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. max

    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!
    -------------------------------------------------Same goes for you Keith. It is quite obvious that you are right winger. Just goes to show that as an Independent you can be either or. Get over it. No single party can lay claim to an Independent voter like myself. I will listen to both sides but with the nonsense being spouted from the right, they just make it easier to go left this time!!!

    December 23, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Laughing At Trump

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

    Uhhhhh just about everyone knew it would happen once our troops left so don't try to make Trump seem like a foreign policy genius for stating the obvious

    December 23, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Kancamagus

    Is this blowhard still on the stage? Somebody get the hook, already.

    December 23, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. AVGPAGUY

    How can anybody say that Trump was a visionary by stating that there would be problems in Iraq once we pulled out??? Who "else" has been saying that??? Like EVERYBODY. Even grade schoolers knew that. That's like saying Donald predicted "it would get dark outside after the sun went down."

    December 23, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. glyder

    it amazes me that more people don't consider secession as a possible solution.consider the irreconsilable differences we have.red vs.blue issues.hate between the two because of brainwashing by the establishment parties and media.consider this ows,i think it makes more sense than your supposed unorganized tantrums.

    December 23, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. jody

    Mike, just wondering. If for some reason you lost your job, would you apply for unemployment insurance?

    December 23, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. b t

    The donald maybe a very successful man but does he have any idea what a misfit he is when it comes to politics? He is so caught up in his way over-rated persona and ego that he comes across like an idiot to the average person (the voters).

    December 23, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Charlie from the North

    I would like to see his financial records, his birth certificate and the birth certificate for whatever that thin is on his head. I support Trump in that he may split the tea party vote off of the GOP but it is a terrible chance to take. What if there are not enough sane people voting? What if he wins? If you want to know what it is like to have a Trump-like idiot run government
    come take a look at Maine. You know what runs great as a business? A business. Try to run government like one and it is bad for everyone , including businesses.

    December 23, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. jody

    Rick, I, too, live in Kentucky and totally agree with you about Mitch. Let's vote him out next term.

    December 23, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. What's a girl to do

    According to the SCOTUS and Mitt Romney, "corporations are people".
    According to Donald Trump, Donald Trump is a corporation.
    According to Charlton Heston, "soylent green is people"
    Ergo, Donald Trump is soylent green

    December 23, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. cured76

    Let him waste his money running for president. Maybe he'll learn a little lesson in humility.

    December 23, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. It is Against Ronald Reagan Rule for Myth Romney and his Super PACs Thug to Attack Fellow GOPers

    Let Trump put his BIG MOUTH where his money his and RUN....would be nice to see him file for BANKRUPTCY again after losing the election!!!!

    LOL

    December 23, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Long Form birth certificate - financial statements - medical records.

    Sure. Now, can we dicker on the price of that bridge?

    December 23, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Must need to get better ratings on his tv show (does he still have one?)

    December 23, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. cp

    Trump, Mitt, Obama, a monkey... Same disfunctional result

    December 23, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. RA

    Donald is living in a fools paradise. His ego is bigger than Mount Everest. As an independet, I will never vote for him.

    December 23, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Ben Dover

    Trump/Palin.....HAHAHAHAHAHA

    December 23, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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