Trump dumps GOP
December 23rd, 2011
03:49 PM ET
3 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. GI Joe

    Palin/Trump

    I quit/You're fired.

    I like the bumper sticker - but not the people.

    December 23, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    So if you care about what this buffoon says then you deserve what ever this buffoon says. His show sux and so do his politics.

    December 23, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    Really .............................................. WHO on earth gives a rats puttie? Tell him to drop that fakeashed hair-don't.

    December 23, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. me

    Trump..kardashian...palin...Gingrich...all fritters...best to ignore...they hate that...

    December 23, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Terry Gloege

    PT Barnum would be smiling ear to ear.

    December 23, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. BLKMANinAmerica

    Kewl maybe he join the rest of the racist pigs and they can have a good time working on his wacked out hair.

    December 23, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Carl

    Like I care what Donald Trump is going to do.....yawn!

    December 23, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Deep North

    So Trump gets dumped and attempts to flip the script..........Why does this matter?

    December 23, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Steve Moore

    A third party with enough power to actually win is exactly what this country needs. We are held hostage by the two party system. Talk about a monopoly, its either one or the other. The best person many times has no chance unless they are a party insider. However Donald Duck ain't the man. If Ron Paul doesn't get the Rep. nod, and he won't, he should run because the alternatives of the two major parties are sorry at best. The American public should stand up and demand better of there leaders and this is the only way the message will ever be sent. The two party system and the electoral college are the biggest reason for the problems in Washington today.

    December 23, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

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

    Anybody with the barest knowledge of the ethnic history of Iraq has been saying this for years. It's too bad GW and Dickie-Poo cared more about oil and feeding the warmongering companies than they did for anything else – we should NEVER have gone into Iraq!

    December 23, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. clay

    Donald trump is just so full of himself that he will most likely burst into oblibvon soon. Why don't you just go away quietly Mr. Trump rather than bother the rest of us by your mere presence.

    December 23, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Belmonty

    What happened to all the republican trolls that usually leave comments on here? Oh yeah... that's right... they got OWNED!

    December 23, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Lopaka

    Hey CNN – how much longer are going to keep brown nosing this idiot. What's he got on you ? What a poor excuse for political coverage. He's not a politican and has zero chance at any office at any level. Get a clue, no one cares what he has to say. NO ONE BUT YOU CNN....

    December 23, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Phil from Aztec

    Here's the first rat to leave the sinking ship of the GOP (maybe that's what that thing on his head is).

    December 23, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. It is Against Ronald Reagan Rule for Myth Romney and his Super PACs Thug to Attack Fellow GOPers

    This is the GOP/Teabagging IDEAS MAN that all the clowns in the GOP presidential ticket was kissing his royal ring and paying homage to at the TRUMP TOWER!....Myth Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrinch!

    GOP candidates were kissing Trumps lame behind....even Myth Romney was begging Trump for his endorsement! Go figure!!!!

    December 23, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Average Joe

    As if his scalp reduction surgery wasn't proof enough that he does not have the ability to make good decisions. Lol!

    December 23, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Marcus

    I actually hope Trump runs for President. He'll only aid in the defeat of the GOP by taking a good chunk of their votes.

    December 23, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Jeff

    All of the news media is to blame. They all need to adopt a policy of no coverage until you officially announce you are running and have filed all the paperwork. This would end all this crap. It's like the media is so dumb they don't know they are being punked. No wonder they have no time to do more in depth reporting, they waste hour upon hour reporting on a huckster, someone who is never going to run for president. Then we only have time for sound bites.

    December 23, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. cruisecontrol

    So Trump was ahead of the curve in predicting security concerns in Iraq after the US pullout? Heck, everyone and their grandma knew what would happen. Politicians know they have to keep quiet about sensitive issues like that, but Trump just went ahead and spewed his hot air anyway, as usual.

    December 23, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Steve

    Waaaaaaah! they didn't come to my self agrandizing stupid debate that would have made me pope of the republican party!! Waaaaah! I'm not playing with Republicans anymore!!!! Waaaaah!

    December 23, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Dear THE DONALD, please go away and take that ninny from Alaska with you. While she is old enough to be your current wife's mother, I think the two of you would make a great couple, stroking each other's egos on a regular basis.

    December 23, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Trump only cares about himself. That means what he is really angling for is money. This is his way of driving up the price Rove and the Kochheads will have to pay for an endorsement of Romney or whatever new robot they roll off the radical rightwing assembly line.

    December 23, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. paul

    Donald will NEVER run for president. If he did, he would find out just how many votes he would not get. You can't brag about your high ratings when you get 2% of the vote. It will be talk, talk, and all talk.

    December 23, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. dubya

    Chump iq 50 trained ape iq 70

    December 23, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Maryellen

    Take the road Palin finally took and get lost. You don't a chance of being elected, you look and act like a moron.

    December 23, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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