Trump hits back, slams Sen. Lamar Alexander
March 7th, 2011
08:43 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump hits back, slams Sen. Lamar Alexander

(CNN) – Donald Trump said Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander should “stop trying to get free publicity on the back of Donald Trump” on Monday, a day after the Tennessee senator told CNN that Trump has "absolutely no chance of winning" a presidential race.

“Sen. Lamar Alexander, who I do not know and have heard very little about over the years, perhaps because of a certain ineffectiveness, has recently stolen my line, word for word, about [Texas Rep.] Ron Paul, by stating that ‘Donald Trump has absolutely no chance of winning’ in a Presidential contest,” Trump said in a statement.

Alexander was discussing the pool of potential 2012 presidential contenders on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday when he told CNN’s Candy Crowley that there's “always someone like Donald Trump who has absolutely no chance of winning,” and that Trump is “famous for being famous."

The real estate tycoon and television star has repeatedly said he is seriously considering a run for president, but for now is focusing on the latest season of his hit show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” Trump told CNN last week that that he will not make a decision about a bid for the White House until June.

In a Newsweek/Daily Beast poll release last month, Trump was just two percentage points behind President Obama in a hypothetical head-to-head ballot, 43 to 41, and well within the poll’s sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Shortly after the poll's release, the potential candidate boasted of the positive numbers, saying in a YouTube video that they came as no surprise because his is a “message of common sense.” In his response to Alexander, Trump likewise predicted that he would fair well in the senator’s home state.

“As a Republican, I will not be looking for his support but think that, if I run, I will do very well in the state of Tennessee,” Trump said.

“The great people of Tennessee, like me, do not like being taken advantage of by the rest of the world, whether it’s China, South Korea, India, Pakistan, (who take our aid but won’t deliver Osama bin Laden), the OPEC nations who are destroying our country with their pricing of oil, or many others," Trump said.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Rabbit One

    They both unfortunately do not have what it takes to be presidential. No evidence is needed for this assertion. It is too, too obvious.

    March 8, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  2. Peter Wolfe

    You know what I realized about this post? Reallyt people regardless of political party! It is tha the elite think hat we are stupid. Perhaps we should think more independantly from our factions to think more for ourselves than the collective. Another thing to not is the republican party is not united as much as we want them to be, however, this could just be a show. For real vote Brack Obama though in 2012 cause think about a House of Representatives and a president being republican? Anyways, I voted for Mccain (dick face) not anymore and will devote my college energy fo more health care for the pooerest even though my engineering skills warrant more. Then, I really ciall all americansj to not fall for shorter for China to more stronger economic growth not easy ways out.

    March 8, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  3. Pat in IL

    It seems that the Republicans are just getting sillier and sillier with their candidate choices. Good grief, a bully with no social skills, a bimbo, a has-been who keeps trying and can't get elected......where are the real statesmen?

    March 8, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  4. Moe NY

    Personally I do not care about the seeing republicans eating their own. Although, I do admire you Mr. is not in a political sense. President Obama has my vote in 2012. Also, in my opinion, the republican/conservative/teabag contenders for POTUS in 2012 are dismal.....for the most part...same old...same old contenders who have been trying for POTUS forever and a day.

    March 8, 2011 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  5. Larry L

    I'd vote for Donald Trump before voting for Lamar Alexander. Heck, I'd vote for Donald Duck before Alexander!

    March 8, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  6. A feloow american


    stop being a dump and do what's best for your country. Leave politics to good politicians. not businessmen who wan to take advantage of government. And for those of you who question my comment, all you have to do is read Machiavelli's (the prince and the discourses) as well as Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan).

    Its time to wake up from a long coma America. We have to go for what's best for our country instead of dumbing it down. .

    March 8, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  7. Cardog

    The Donald shouldn't get angry because Lemar Alexander is absolutely correct. But maybe that's the exact reason the Donald is firing back because even he knows that he has no chance.

    Great business man, but he knows nothing about politics and or what is best for the American people. Donald Trump knows one thing and one thing only and that is to be known for being rich, that's it. He's sorta like that Hilton girl, famous for just being famous.

    March 8, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  8. Pretzel Logic

    I hope Trump gets the nomination. It will be Obama in a landslide.

    March 8, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  9. thomas

    Donald ,great hair ! Who would be his VP ?

    March 8, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  10. oneula

    He has no chance of winning...too many ghosts in his closet.

    March 8, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  11. Richard Komi

    If Trump does run, he will find out that talking politics is quite different from carrying out policy. I am sure that he does not yet understand the intricasies of what it means to govern. I am comforted by the fact that there have been other rich people with an expensive taste for public office. They never win.

    March 8, 2011 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  12. Thomas

    I never thought I'd ever say this, but....GO TRUMP!! While I'm not a fan of republican policies, I do admire a man who isn't afraid of ruffling a few feathers or letting people know what's on his mind. At the very least, if Mr. Trump is the GOP nominee for 2012, the Presidential Debates will certainly be interesting.

    March 8, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  13. M.K.

    Trump is just another Billionaire that is playing for the poor, working folks vote. He cannot manage his marital affairs let alone the Country. haven't we had enough of these Billionaire Republicans making out like they are just average Joes, and good old boys. He married a girl from Dalton, and dumped her like she was so much loose baggage. Dalton is just across the line from Tennessee, and the folks in Tennessee are goofy as hell for electing Alexander as their Senator to back up the wanna be movie star Thompson. What the hell is wrong with the folks in the volunteer state. They cannot even play football anymore. Screw Trump, let him go off somewhere and count the dollars he screwed someone out of.

    March 8, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  14. Indy

    There is no end to Trumps stupidity and ego. If he thinks he will be able to do something about the price of oil, he is even more delusional then his reality show. Trump is clueless when it comes to international affairs and how governments actually work, and would be the worst mistake the country would ever make if he were to become President. Trump thinks that China is the enemy and has no idea how to that we now live in a global economy where it is important to work with the worlds new superpowers, and not call them the enemy. Trump is a chump

    March 8, 2011 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  15. solarmike

    Republicans are scared of Trump because they know he will not be their "Chump". They are afraid that he will unravel their conservative purism plan to take over the world. As a Democrat I consider Trump as an honest businessman that makes his money, and a lot of it, following the rules set by the people of this country. I don't see him as a Republican lackey bent on destroying the lives of hard working people to make a buck. I left the Republican party more than 20 years ago because they wear the mask of Jesus to carry out the devils work.

    March 8, 2011 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  16. skarphace

    I personally don't know whether or not Trump would be ok as president or fail miserably, but by god, I think it would be very interesting to see him try. As a moderate, he is one of the VERY few republicans I would consider voting for, if for all the wrong reasons.

    March 8, 2011 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  17. Jon

    I see the Donald is in rare form today.

    March 8, 2011 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  18. jules sand-perkins

    Senator Alexander is jealous of Trump.
    Actually, Trump is famous for being rich and toughly, if roughly, powerful, and Trump has powerfully augmented his fame the same way one grows a garden or builds a real-estate empire.
    The senator possibly may not realize that all fame is a result of some form of hype, and a good thing: if every failed welfare recipient in this country had a burning compulsion to become rich and famous, we would not have an economic problem. In fact, America would be greater than it used to be.
    If everybody in America were like Senator Alexander, we would all be politicians looking for votes to govern a nation of politicians.

    March 8, 2011 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  19. Henry

    Oh, boy, Donald Trump!! Having a political background is not a requirement for running for president but neither does running an entertainment show on TV. Oops . . . . . politics is entertainment. Never mind.

    March 8, 2011 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  20. John Wright

    Being a political conservative I can honestly say that I would seriously consider voting for Obama than that shyster/slick Trump! He's bad news!

    March 8, 2011 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    ANGRY WHITE MEN!!!! If President Obama acted like these guys – Quayle, Alexander, TRUMPet and many others, he would be called an "Angry Black Man". Watch how much ANGER we see up until election night coming from the RIGHTeous Right that wants to be President!!!!

    [“The great people of Tennessee, like me, do not like being taken advantage of by the rest of the world, whether it’s China, South Korea, India, Pakistan, (who take our aid but won’t deliver Osama bin Laden), the OPEC nations who are destroying our country with their pricing of oil, or many others," Trump said.]

    Yep, ONLY the "great people" of Tennessee are like YOU, huh? That says a LOT!!! And the "COUNTRIES" TRUMPet mentions "...take our aid but won't deliver..." is the SAME thing the RICH are doing in America – taking TAX CUTS – getting richer – buying umpteen homes and luxurious items of self-interest – and NOT DELIVERING towards making America a better place and shipping JOBS to these same countries TRUMPet mentions!!! FIGURE THAT!!

    March 8, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  22. StevieBoy

    OH Donald, stop with the political posturing already! You know you're going to be too busy promoting your pathetic show with your latest failure celebrity Charlie Sheen next season. I'm embarrassed for you in thinking you're presidential material. You'll sell well to the undereducated class that watches your crap-fest show, but to most intelligent Americans you're just looking to keep your celebrity status promoted.

    March 8, 2011 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Children fighting over toys. Tantrums. These are the options for president.

    March 8, 2011 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  24. REpubs with the obama retoric

    The Rinos need to get over it, we dont want another McCain or Newt or she wolf Palin and we dont want another Rob Eating obama, we want a leader and Trump may be it.

    March 8, 2011 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  25. Peter E

    Donald Trump indeed has no chance of winning... the republican primary! Republicans fear him because he is an ACTUAL conservative who respects people's privacy, not moral grand-standing and hate-speeches, and he is an ACTUAL fiscal conservative, who'd take away the anti-competitive bank bailouts, farm and oil subsidies, corporate bailouts and subsidies that republicans keep handing out to their campaign buddies.
    Yes, Trump is for cuts. But not just tax cuts, also cuts in all those anti-capitalist subsidies republicans want the taxpayers to keep paying their buddies!

    March 8, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
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