Trump to receive local GOP award ahead of party convention
July 8th, 2012
12:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Trump to receive local GOP award ahead of party convention

(CNN) – Business mogul Donald Trump will be recognized as the 2012 Statesman of the Year by the Sarasota, Florida, Republican Party the day before the Republican National Convention opens in Tampa next month.

Tickets for the August 26 dinner go as high as $1,000 per person, which include a private meet-and-greet with Trump, according to an invitation flyer for the event.

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Trump has endorsed the presidential run of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, though Trump's repeated questioning of President Barack Obama's birthplace and birth certificate have overshadowed events where they have appeared together.

Trump initially flirted with his own run for the presidency, but dropped out of the field in the spring.

He has appeared this year at state-level Republican Party events, such as a fundraiser for the North Carolina GOP last month, where he stood by his so-called "birther" comments and said waging war with Iran may be "good politics" for the incumbent.

Rep. Vern Buchanan, who is the subject of four federal and Congressional investigations into his business practices, has donated at least $15,000 in conjunction with the event, according to the August invitation. Buchanan is the head of fundraising for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works to elect Republicans to Congress.

- CNN's Steve Brusk and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Florida
soundoff (293 Responses)
  1. Peggy

    You got to be kidding, Trump, for real. This is another sign that the GOP should call it quits altogether.

    July 8, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. ty

    is there any greater story than this ot show directly how lost the GOP is? pathetic crap.

    July 8, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. John

    When the United States of America has become a pile of smoking rubble, historians and archaeologists sifting through the debris will hold stuff like this up and say, "So, here is where this once great and proud country finally, irretrievably lost its way in the wilderness. They actually thought this twenty-four carat gold phony; this crude, foul-mouthed snake oil salesman; this complete and utter fraud; this empty suited . . . . "celebrity", was a "Statesman".

    How deeply, deeply sad and troubling.

    July 8, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. dsmidiman

    I've been saying it for a few months now... Betcha Trump will be announced as the Vice Presidential candidate to run with Romney as soon as the GOP announce Romney as the official GOP Presidential Candidate. Two peas in a pod, both very wealthy people who made their money off other people's misfortunes and or expense. Definitely not who I want running this country making the laws ALL of us have to live by. You would think that with all the hype about the GOP being owned and controlled and ultimately so very biased towards making laws that help the wealthiest, even at the expense of those less fortunate, that the last person they'ed want to pick to run for VP with Romney would be yet another person with the "it's all about the bottom line (profit) regardless of who it hurts along the way" mentality!! It makes me think the same thing I thought when GWB got on CNN back in 2000 when they were trying to "decide" who won the Presidential election. Bush got on there and said "Look ya'll, the people of this nation are going to have to realize that Dick and Cheney and I are going to be running this country whether they like it or not" !!!! Wow, remember what 8 yrs of GWB got us? Now it's like the GOP is saying today, look ya'll are right, politics is all about money and the party with the most money is going to be the party that wins. So we got Donald Trump on board with us just to make sure we have the most money and win whether you like it or not!!! By golly that's the way it is in this country and if you were a patriot you'd know it!!

    July 8, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Ozzie

    Does it get any more sickening? Only in America.

    July 8, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. artraveler

    "Statesman of the Year"-you got to be kidding. "Clown of the Year", "Biggest Mouth of the Year", "Most Useless Politician other than Romney of the Year" Yes- Statesman-where did the GOP dig up this definition?

    Are the Republicans sti;l a political party or just a sideshow like the Whigs?

    July 8, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. tullymd

    It's just a joke. Don't believe everything you read. OR the good people of Sarasota are suffering from sun stroke.

    July 8, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. SCOTO

    Can this party get any more unbeliveable? They have turned stupidty into an art form.

    July 8, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Laura

    When the republican party holds an arrogant blowhard with the world's worse combover up as some kind of 'statesman', they can no longer be taken as anything but a bad joke.

    But it is Florida. Not exactly known for their high standards.

    July 8, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. NotFooledByDistractions

    What a freakin' joke – or a telling testament to the pathetic state of the republican party.

    July 8, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Martin

    "Statesman" implies that this person be diplomatic.

    Trump is about as diplomatic as a big stick being carried by someone who's treading softly.

    July 8, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Cogito

    It's obvious that the Republicans don't have a single clue as to what a "statesman" really is.
    Of course, that's been quite evident since at least 2008...

    July 8, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Thomas Guerra

    Somebody please turn on the lights, obviously this party is over.

    July 8, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Jim

    That tells me all and need to know about the GOP. What an absolute cast of clowns.

    July 8, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Dan

    The best GOP can come up with,OH wait he has Money.Never mind.

    July 8, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. CARLFLOW

    The Insane Clown Posse strikes again.

    July 8, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. CRAIG

    They're not really giving him an award it's just part of a comedy act. I think.

    July 8, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. craig

    Can anyone name ONE single act of "statesmanship" that Trump has done? Just one.

    Nope. Didn't think so. It's pretty obvious the GOP has completely sold out to the highest bidders. This is a JOKE. Trump is a JOKE. Sadly, nobody's laughing. Whoops, that's wrong. In fact, almost everyone is laughing...because this is theatre of the absurd!

    July 8, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. allens

    this is the new gop. absolute fools. this is why romney is their man, america deserves better.

    July 8, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Myths

    hahahahaha, that there says it all about the Republican Party! His Dumbness won! Yeeehaaa! The Donald proves that, in America, you can be dumb, look like an orang-utan, behave like a neanderthal, and still con people out of their money, yeeehaaaa!

    July 8, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. zisee

    Wait until Obama hears that, he won't be too happy. He doesn't like Trump because he earned his money.

    July 8, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. works4me

    Sarasota? Like in Florida?? hahahahah... breath, breath... hahah, stop you're killing us. This is the state that LET a Medicare criminal BUY is way into the Governorship. Please don't be silly!

    July 8, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Kenny K

    i thought "Stateman" is for someone who has accomplish something in politics?

    July 8, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Rob in MO

    He beat out Syria's Assad for the award. Too bad Pol Pot died; he would have won it for sure.

    July 8, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. kingofknox12

    @zisee yeah Trump totally earned his money. He also squandered all of it on elaborate get-rich-quick schemes and other failed business ventures. An individual can rebound from bankruptcy; a nation cannot (see: Somalia, Zimbabwe, and who knows how many other examples)

    July 8, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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