Trump says he is Obama campaign's 'worst nightmare'
April 11th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
10 years ago

Trump says he is Obama campaign's 'worst nightmare'

Wasington (CNN) – Top Obama advisor David Plouffe Sunday laughed off suggestions Donald Trump will ever be a serious presidential candidate, but the business mogul says he is actually the Obama campaign's "worst nightmare."

"I am leading a lot of polls and doing very well," Trump told Fox News Monday as part of his weekly segment for the network. "I can tell you I am their worst nightmare."

The comments come after Plouffe joked on ABC's "This Week" that he would love to face off against Trump in a general election match-up.

"I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls. Given his behavior, and the spectacle of the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising," Plouffe said with a smile. "There's zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job."

But Trump contends the opposite is true:

"I am not the person they want to run against," he said. "They know it, and I know it, and I know it for a fact. Because I have a lot of people that, frankly, are contributors to him and they tell me, 'Donald you are not the person they want to run against.'"

Trump has not led the potential GOP field in any major poll. But a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed "The Apprentice" host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are tied for second place with support from 17 percent of likely GOP voters, behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 21 percent.

Filed under: 2012 • David Plouffe • Donald Trump
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  1. Sammy

    He's not Obama's worst nightmare. He's America's worst ego.

    April 11, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. AEK

    Wow! Just never heard this kind of delusional babble from a politician before...well, except from Sara Palin, Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckbee and Sharon Angle...hummmmm, starting to see a connection here. Wait for it...

    April 11, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Boytjie

    Just when you thought he couldn't get fuller of himself!

    April 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Gregory Leftwich

    There is NO WAY Trump can win the Presidency. He really needs to stop the "Kabooki" dance [ you know that "traditional" Japanese women do where they peak from behind fans?]. He has way too many business failures in his past; too many marital failures; too many boorish acts with bimbo women. He can't get elected.

    Donald is NOT leadership material – he is DICTATOR material. He doesn't know how to MOTIVATE people to take action, he only knows how to attempt to INTIMIDATE them. The fake respect he gets on Celebrity Apprentice won't translate into real life. He's a joke.

    He is not an innovative thinking. He won't come up with market share grabbing, innovative products or services that will CREATE JOBS. Being behind a thousand construction jobs as a result of BORROWED BANK financing hardly qualifies Trump as a "JOB CREATOR". It's not sustainable. He only understands how to cheat a system, not build one.

    He is too stupid to know that child of an America is a naturally born citizen and that qualifies the child for the office of the Presidency. Has anyone informed him that he can't FIRE the Supreme Court, the Speaker of the House, The Senate Majority leader, 49 of the Senators that will disagree with him, 217 of the House of Representative Members that disagree with him? Does he know this?

    He does know that we won't rename the country the United States of Trump, right?

    April 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. aNTHONY

    Reality TV further ruined the nation. Thanks MTV....
    Now we have younger generations of idiots who follow Snooky, Housewives, TopModels, How to be a Palin, and Who Wants to be Fired By Trump... This guys is a spoiled tool who inherited his money only to file bankruptcy as many times as hes filed for divorce. And he has the audacity to disrespect MY, YOUR, HIS President... that is still the highest office in the land, and if Trump is as business saavy or as professional as he claims he is, then this guy wouldve shut his mouth a long time ago. Instead, here he is, chasing the lime light of political reality tv, created by Palin, Joe the Plumber and the rest of the 2008-2010 class of Right Wing whore$.

    He is as real as his hair do and I cant wait for Obama NOT to invite him to the re-election party come 2012.

    April 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. don

    yeah, a crazy republican with a big mouth. How does Trump aim to separate himself from the other 12 crazy republicans wiht big mouths.

    April 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |

    Trump is America's worst nightmare!

    April 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. AEK

    Time for The Donald to have an up close and personal with the SEC? Or maybe some of the boys from Libya?

    April 11, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. jersvette

    Let him keep stroking himself.

    April 11, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. JasonP

    Nightmare is certainly the term I would use to describe Trump.

    April 11, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. larry

    Trump is the Obama's campaigns best joke

    April 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. F. collins

    Is that thing on Donald's hair in the US legally? Does it have a birth certificate? I would rather vote for the real Donald (Duck that is) than this Donald. What is it that NY columnist Collins called him, oh, yes, "an embattled thousandaire."

    April 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. DIANA

    Actually, you're the Republican's worst nightmare. You're our Presidents and the Demicrats best dream. If you do decide to run and win the Republican nomination, can I suggest you choose Bachman as your running mate. Please. I guarantee you'd be a dream team.

    April 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. John 1776

    Don't know if he electable, suspect not, but this would make for one very interesting and noisy campaign! Let the games begin !!

    April 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Wonderful, the 2 top candidates are multi-millionaires with no experience in dealing with problems regular people have. One runs from his signature accomplishment, and the other has manipulated the backruptcy laws numerous times, and has an Enron-like ability to cook the books. The other heavy hitters are a former minister who's main accomplishment as governor was losing weight, a House Peaker who was hit with the heaviest ethics fine a sitting speaker has ever had, and a former governor who could not finish her only term in office. Boy, what a lineup, GOP! No wonder we are shaking (with laughter)!

    Gone are the days of thoughtful leaders in the GOP who sought to unite this country! Now all we have are birthers, apologists for billionaires, ethically challanged and thrice-married losers, and quitters. Intelligence is not a quality valued in the GOP, only hatred and slander.

    April 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Steve

    I don't know if he is just saying these things for attention, or if he is actually delusional. That his "investigators" are uncovering all sorts of birther things is an obvious lie, and that he has friends telling him he is Obama's worst nightmare also sounds pretty ridiculous. So what are your investigators finding, Mr. Trump? He whines about Obama not being born in the US, yet he has shown zero evidence to support this. He is a shady businessman at best, and while I was once a fan of The Apprentice, I no longer have any respect for him. Scary thing is, there are plenty of people who are listening to him.

    April 11, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Brian

    What a delusional idiot. He is the GOP's worst nightmare!! Put it on your calendars.

    April 11, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Scott F

    Donald Trump is just a long line of Republican flakes that show up to get publicity for their own conceited self interest. They have a much higher opinion of themselves than anyone else does. Trump is the epitome of born with a silver spoon in his mouth. These people and this NOISE is really boring and geeting old with all of us. Why doesn't the media cover real news instead of these CLOWNS? We are a laughing stock to the rest of the world.

    April 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. ingrid

    This is just plain silly. I first thought that this was a means to drum viewership for his show but now he is really getting into crazy territory with his birther claims. It is absurd to think he fancies himself a real challenge to Obama. Though like the rest of the GOPers potential candidate he fits in nicely ... does the GOP really have a real candidate in the wings and all these crazies are to distract us until they bring out the real guy (woman)??? Seriously? Or is the strategy lowered expectations, so that when they do bring out a semi-normal person the Republicans will be so happy that they will unite for this person?

    April 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Rex Raptor

    Please run Trump. Obama would win hands down!

    April 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Jason

    Obama's worst nightmare, more like a dream come true thanks to Trump's unbelievable degrees of stupidity and arrogance.

    April 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. bewhiskered

    ".....Because I have a lot of people that, frankly, are contributors to him and they tell me, 'Donald you are not the person you want to run against.'"

    So, because Trump 'has' people who contribute to President Obama, they are the experts of how unbeatable Trump is? Perhaps, statements like that are more appreciated by mindless Baggers (Klan).

    April 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Johnny 5

    The results of Obama's first term is his campaign's own 'worst nightmare'. Just hand Obama a shovel and he'll dig himself a hole, no need for Trump.

    April 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. jim Doyle

    He's everyone's worst nightmare. But the press is hanging on his every word, so he gets a lot of free publicity for his crappy TV show. I shouldn't even mention the hair, but that's a nightmare too.

    April 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Willie

    Anybody find a poll that supports their position. If you keep your campaign to a single selling point, i.e. the birther debate, then your campaign will end like most of your businesses: in failure. But that's OK. Trump has always profited financially from failures. Here is another pro campaign tip: If Palin supports it, you might want to re-think its image because you are building your base from the wrong demographic to be successful.

    April 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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