Trump takes hatchet to Santorum
February 20th, 2012
11:16 AM ET
8 years ago

Trump takes hatchet to Santorum

(CNN) – Donald Trump demonstrated Monday that he has no qualms about going after one of Mitt Romney's chief rivals, Rick Santorum.

"There's nothing - there's no gift, no Christmas gift, that could be given better than Rick Santorum to the Democrats," Trump said in a radio interview which aired in Michigan. Democrats, he continued, "are just salivating at that. And, you know, I don't think they believe it's going to happen. But boy, would they like it to happen because that would be an easy election."

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Michigan votes one week from Tuesday, and Trump is scheduled to take to the state's airwaves daily this week to speak on Romney's behalf.

The perception of electability was a major factor in deciding to endorse Romney, Trump said, and Republicans would be foolish to put forward Santorum as their nominee because "he basically has no chance" of winning.

"Otherwise, what's the whole purpose, what's the purpose of working, working, working, going out voting, doing your thing if the person has no chance of getting elected," Trump said on WSGW Radio of Saginaw, Michigan.

Trump considered a presidential bid himself, then nixed the idea, and in January tossed his endorsement to Mitt Romney. If Santorum were to win the Republican nomination, Trump suggested Monday that he would consider a run.

"If he doesn't, and I hope that doesn't happen," Trump said of a Romney loss, "I would say there's a good possibility that I would do something, yes."

The two have not appeared in public campaigning together since the event announcing the endorsement, but made fundraising phone calls together last week.

Shortly after the endorsement, which took place at a Las Vegas hotel owned by Trump ahead of the Nevada caucuses, Santorum suggested his recommendation carries little weight.

"I'm sure he just wanted some publicity for his casino down in Las Vegas," Santorum said. "I think the people of Nevada are smart enough to figure out who they're going to vote for and it's not going to be based on what Donald Trump recommends."

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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. mascmen7

    Odumba is down to 43% approval because he is an enemy of the Catholic Church whose voters put him in office. So why has Obama committed political suicide? Powers behind throne are upset and are making Obummer run even though he does not want more of the White House prison.

    February 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. George

    It could be easier, Trump could be the GOP nominee.

    February 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. sbssue1

    Now Santorum is telling women to have sick children. Where is this any of his business? He needs to get his religion out of my politics.....he's too arrogant for my liking. He doesn't want prenatal care and tests.

    February 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Ronald Mcloughlin

    Shh, Donald, for once in yor life yor right. Keep it under yor hat. Pleze, Repubs make San(c)torum yor nominee. Now go back in yor Mansion, Donald.

    February 20, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Jimmy

    LOL Trump....toss another clown into the mix. It just isn't fun to be a republican right now.

    February 20, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope we don't elect a republican, because my retirement fund is almost back to where it was before the Bush republican near depression. I would like to get back to being able to retire.

    February 20, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Trump has developed a startling resemblance to Punxutawney Phil, the groundhog that can predict the end of winter. Yet unlike Punxutawney The Dump's political predelictions are quite irrelevant.
    Obama 2012.

    February 20, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. carrei

    Agree this new GOP could use a hatchet job on it , but Trump is not the one to do it. He needs to turn that hachet to his stupid show and then look at how stupid he looked to racial thinking people with that birther crap! He is a good example that MONEY CANNOT BUY CLASS!!!

    February 20, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. John

    Trump the American people have fired you a long time ago. Now,get lost........

    February 20, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. hilreal

    My compliments, The Donald isn't as dumb as I thought. Hope the GOP doesn't listen to him and selects the Holy Roller.

    February 20, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    pod wrote:

    Ricky scares the pants off all you entitlement junkies....Mitt is a Liberal...Ricky is a true conservative..All you folks on entitlements would need to actually work for your money if he gets in. No more tax the working man and give to the lazy people...
    ----------
    It would probably surpise to know the facts. Most of the people receiving entitlements live in red states. Almost all of the blue states pay more in federal taxes than what they receive in federal funding, and red states receive more in federal funding than what they pay in federal taxes. Red states rank among the lowest in high school graduation rates, average wage, percentage of people on welfare, percentage of people without health care, most environmental damage, highest teen pregnancy rates, highest unemployment, highest poverty rates, etc. Those are the facts of living under conservative rule.

    February 20, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Dave

    Could someone please remind me why it is that we care what Donald Trump thinks about ANYTHING?

    February 20, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Joi Gibson

    This man is always flapping his jaws. Donald Trump, be quiet already – PLEASE!!!!! He's still threatening to throw his hat in the ring-which we all know is a lie. The man is not going to put up the scrutiny that comes with being a presidential candidate. He just loves attention-pure and simple.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    February 20, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. John

    So there IS a brain under the wig! Despicable as Trump is, he is right about Santorum. Already the only danger to Obama I see is having the Democrats feel too comfortable. How come I cannot think of a single Republican right now who is qualified to be POTUS ? Heck, I'd like to see one who is not a complete buffoon.

    February 20, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Ben

    These republicans are all misfit. Certainly, no one with common sense will vote for Santorum . His views are dangerious.

    February 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. John

    Who care about what Donald Trump think any how. He just a loud moth blow hard.

    February 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Rush Bimbo

    This guy is a tool, the guys running are tools, and anybody voting for them are tools. enough said!

    February 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. darkhorse

    Trump – You ARE the reason Santorum is surging right after you endorsed Romney...LOL

    February 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. tony

    The gambling palace bankrupt speaks. Put another quarter in to get your personal fortune.

    February 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. GrogInOhio

    Does anyone, even Republicans, care what Donald Trump says?

    February 20, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Jimmy

    @John Well, we did elect 2 Bush's

    February 20, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Yes please

    Wouldn't it be cool if Santorum, Trump, Paul and Obama all ran in 2012? It would be a great indicator of where people really feel the country should go.

    February 20, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Santorum would NEVER, EVER win in November ... he would have ZERO appeal to moderates, independents and disenchanted Dems. MITT ROMNEY IS OUR ONLY HOPE of defeating Obama, folks.
    ------------------------
    Boy, it almost hurts my heart to break it to you but you're just as screwed with Rmoney as you are with The Saint who wants to be Pope. This is just a good year to sit it out, and cogitate on 2016 for you guys. Seriously.
    Obama 2012. Because America is moving FORWARD.

    February 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Remember, Donald Trump speaks for the 40% of Republicans who still do not believe Pres. Obama was born in the US.

    February 20, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. RPN

    Good. Can he take it to himself when finished?

    February 20, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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