Trump to receive local GOP award ahead of party convention
July 8th, 2012
12:39 AM ET
6 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. Phil Thomas

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

    Clearly you don't understand how bankruptcy works, he went bankrupt four times and screwed plenty of people out of their money to make his. Say what you want about the President but he beat the odds to get to where he is and didn't benefit from his Dad so your claim is pretty dumb. The sad part is people want sound bites and don't read complexity well, tax rates are the lowest they have been since the 1950's, the US didn't end the way you Tea Party Bigots cried in fact it got better, were recovering faster than the rest of the world. They tried all of the austerity you want guys want and its not working you need a mix and you can't cut a deficit with out a tax increase. The truth is if you don't want your taxes to go up don't start two wars on a credit card the way we did under Bush, because eventually you have to pay for it

    July 8, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. justsane

    this is a joke, right? if it's not, well, the florida gop has gift-wrapped an ad campaign for the democratic party.

    July 8, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Senior Citizen

    What a bunch of fools they must have running the Republican Party in Sarasota. All the Repugs can think of is $$$ and to even think of Trump as a Statesman makes me want to vomit. Must be the clowns from the circus museum in Sarasota running the Republican Party there.

    July 8, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Anna

    Trump must have bought that title. I don't know any Republicans who say Trump is a great statesman. Money buys everything.

    July 8, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. sickofyou

    Hey Zisee,

    Do some research–it appears the youthful Donald's father sent him out into the cold, cruel world with a million to start him off. Don't post if you don't know what you're talking about.

    July 8, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Mike in Texas

    The sad reality is that many Americans either will vote for Romney because they hate Obama or don't pay attention to the fact the whole global economy isn't doing well. The USA is actually doing better than almost every other developed country.

    Or they won't vote at all. Americans are some of the laziest uniformed misinformed people on Earth. Fat, lazy slobs who gobble up fast food while watching American Idol and texting the person sitting next to them.

    Voting is a right that shouldn't be taken lightly. Exercise your right to vote! And vote for Obama of course. 🙂

    July 8, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. squirt

    Words cannot describe the idiocy nor the level of foolish vetting that this selection has proven in the Florida GOP!! Maybe at last the rest of the world will see Republicans' true colors...they've destroyed the government, they'be destroyed any semblence of a middle class, they ruined our image abroad, they repeatedly fail to recognize, acknowledge or even deal with this country's problems..what a bunch of absolute fools bent on ruining this country to get their way!!

    July 8, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Mike Botwin

    The head of the birther movement, who has filed corporate bankruptcy three times and is on supermodel wife number 3, is the poster boy for the new Republican party? It figures. Their number one value is hypocrisy.

    July 8, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Engineer in Raleigh

    Trump is such a clown. Remember when he was howling birther nonsense right before Obama got Bin Laden?

    July 8, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. JD

    Do you people need any more proof the Republicans are crazy????

    July 8, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. etimo

    Trump is y d GOP has lost so much respect. The GOP has sold its soul to d highest bidder like Trump n demeaned d party's role as an effective opposition. Lost d vision of d party n oppose their own ideas cos of politics. It's a real shame n big disappointment dat d GOP sunk to d level of mediocrity. Case in point listening to d senate minority leader contradict himself was too embarrassing.

    July 8, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. steven

    This is incredibly embarrassing for America. Something like this just makes the world laugh even harder.

    July 8, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Kathleen Farrell

    Zisee, Zisee, Zisee. Whatever does money have to do with being a statesman – or stateswoman – for that matter? Honor, respect, openmindeness, kindness, commitment, disagreeing agreeably, Those are the signs Florida GOPers should have sought. So sad. So much Donald can learn from the poorest of the poor. But alas, he wouldn't listen.

    July 8, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Jack-65

    This conservative considers this a joke and you wonder why I will not vote Republican. Mr. Trump has at least filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy twice that I know of and we call this man a statesman? I am sorry. I consider this guy a swindler and a con artist. He surely not an entrepreneur. If the Religious Right embraces him, then it goes against the own principles and then they are embracing gambling and self- indulges

    July 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. angryoldguy

    It's official! The republican party is in serious need of medication and a long rest. Some nice therapy might help, too!

    July 8, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Mr Bilek

    Is there a souvenir Bobble Head doll of His Donaldness that I can order to commemorate this event?

    July 8, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    OMG! Way to go Republicans.

    July 8, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. pkbkr

    The entire Republican party is tainted by this......Money is all that matters....Disgusting! Let's tell the world that American can't be bought....Obama/Biden 2012

    July 8, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. n

    The republican party are crazy funny!

    July 8, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. rogue351

    Trump a statesman ? That is a laugh and just goes to prove how stupid the GOP thinks the American people are. Trump is all about Trump and money. Trump could careless about anything unless he is making a buck from it. Anyone having anything to do with this greedy horrible person more than likely has the same motive, MONEY. Romney is just as step away but fronts his religion to appear not quite so bad. The fact is the most every politician / millionaire / billionaire can Never had enough and 99% would sell out this country, your job, national security, anything to gather more power and more money. It is a game for them and if you think for one second that care about anything but themselves you need your head examined.

    July 8, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. RenegadeFL

    Is this reprinted from The Onion?

    July 8, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. dalewalk

    When you think about it, Trump is the perfect statesman for the GOP. Hardly any comparison to a real statesman like Obama or a real and honorable party like the Democrats.

    July 8, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. buck cameron

    Also understand that he's getting the "best hair" award.

    July 8, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. gregingso

    That's almost as funny as Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize his first year in office. I would give Trump a best reality tv show award and nothing else. He is more of an entertainer than a statesman and he needs to stay in his element.

    July 8, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Blualliance

    It's all about the money – Trump has it and the GOP will use him to raise as much as they can. Because of Citizens United the presidency is going to go to the highest bidder! All he needs to have is 'a couple of working digits' (Grover Norquist) and the GOP will pull the strings! Sad for the middle class in America and sad for the world.

    July 8, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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