Trump says he is Obama campaign's 'worst nightmare'
April 11th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
12 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
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Dave

    God, I would LOVE for Trump to be the Republican nominee!! Obama would win with 70% of the Vote.

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

    I can't speak for Obama, but you sure are my worst mightmare.

    April 11, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Opinionated

    What a joke. The guy can't even manage his own finances let alone the entire Nations. Trump is as dumb as his combover.

    April 11, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Hey, wasn't this guy a liberal in the 90s. What's the game here.

    And Obama's worst nightmare, from where I'm sitting, is the stunning ignorance of the American people and the patterns with which we vote, some actually against our own best interests, using our votes to punish for our situations rather than trying to better them, or at least protect them. Will we ever learn?

    April 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. RiffRaff

    Sick of all of the bluster. Sick of him. Can everyone please grow up & focus on what needs fixed? Dem and Repub? This country is on the fast track for fiscal and social disaster. We've been on this debunked birth certificate issue for 3 yrs now. He has a Kenyan name & father. We know. Enough! So much energy spent w/such little return for the American people. We are just the pawns in this game of theirs called Politics. All showmanship. It used to include a little statesmanship in there too. But forever fighting w/each other (27% of all Senate memos were taunting other Senators? geez) and tearing down this President by trying to delegitimize him is not a recipe for a successful way forward in this country. Nor is dissolving all 'entitlements' or ALL of anything. Balance is what needs to happen. This cannot be a battle of the Haves vs the Have-nots or Us vs Them. Thats why this is America-the best country on Earth with equal opprtunity for all. We all need each other in one way or another. Eventually.

    April 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Silence Dogood

    Trump is touting his numbers with "likely GOP voters." This is not the same as beating Obama. Just because I'm popular with my group of friends doesn't mean I'm the most popular person in the city. That doesn't mean I'm against the match-up; on the contrary, it'll make good TV.

    April 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Vader

    When will the American public stop giving ANY credence to the 'one trick pony' ("I'm rich and on TV") and focus instead on those with substantive ideas for solutions to the very real problems that confront our nation? I am so weary of the publicity seeking clowns (Trump, Palin, Bachmann, et al) who make all the noise, drowning out those who, while less colorful, actually appear to have a cogent, coherent thought process. Elections are about choices, and I am not liking any of them (including the incumbent) at this point.

    April 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Cindy

    Donald is a PIG. He is just a blow hard pushing to raise his ratings on the TV show – DO NOT WATCH, show him Americans are smarter than this.

    April 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Peggy Munro

    No Donald,
    Soon everyone will realize your strategy of diversion and you will be seen as the champion of fools. I saw through your strategy from day one and it has only sped up my disrespect for you. You are quite wrong.

    April 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. John

    If President Obama's worst fear is Donald Trump, then President Obama truly is leading a charmed life. I couldn't imagine a more vulnerable opponent than Trump.

    April 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. kate

    I will never vote for Trump for President.

    April 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Howard

    Just what the country needs for its next President, the country's biggest egotist and jackass who's too vain to let the world see his bald head. If he can't be honest about the lack of hair on his head, what else will he lie about?

    April 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Yikes!

    You're losing a lot of ground with the birther move. Get off Faux News and polls and try connecting with the rest of America. Good luck!

    April 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. ABL

    He doesn't want to be President. He just wants the attention. He's a twelve-year-old with a bad comb-over.

    April 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Roy Rolling, New Orleans LA

    For once I agree with "the Donald"-he is a nightmare. He will spend other people's money to prove that money can buy happiness, he will spend his own money to prove he is presidential material. I wish him luck-reducing his money may make him more humble, which is an improvement. Let him spend 'til it hurts . . .

    April 11, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Karma6338

    Nightmare? Ha! More like a dream ticket. That's Donald's problem...he is way too full of himself.

    April 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. jim


    anyone who is stupid enough to think obama was born anywhere but hawaii is a fool, and i don't care how much money they have.

    anyone who brags about cheating a head of state ... any head of state ... is NOT leader material.

    April 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Wait...Whatt??

    I think Trump has finally gone 'round the bend, and is ready to join Charlie Sheen in the "Insane Over-exposed Celebrity with Too Much Money" ward of the lunatic asylum.

    April 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    The Donald never met a self-promotional tool he didn't like. He is furiously trying to brand this new escapade. Only the brain-dead would believe he is serious about anything besides enriching his sacred personal coffers, as any successful, cut-throat businessman would do. Trump is merely another grand distraction (what's he hiding under that comb-over?) for a Party without a leader or a compass. It's all really kind of pathetic.

    April 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Danny Cali

    All I said is Bring it on Mr. Trump. He going to get knock out at first round when GOP vote.

    April 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Laura518

    Oh, please! Run against him. And make Sarah Palin your running mate. That would be delicious!! Obama will certainly win against this guy. He knows Obama was born here, and he is manipulating the idiots out there. Everytime he is interviewed about the Obama birth certificate issue, he talks right over the person interviewing him "excuse me, excuse me" so he doesn't have to face there IS an origional birth certificate. In Hawaii. That the head of the Health Dept (who is a Repubican) certified that they have seen the original....TWICE. They don't give someone their original birth certificate. And even if they gave Obama the original, obviously he would have to release a copy of it (what is he supposed to do, send the original around to every stupid birther in the country?). So can you image what they would say when if he released a copy? Oh, that could be altered. It doesn't matter what proof there is, the birthers will debunk everything. These are the type of people that think OJ is matter what proof, they had some ridiculous argument.

    April 11, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Brian in Massachusetts

    Please let this idiot run, and let the idiots on the Right choose him as the GOP nominee. Not only will we have four more years of a sane individual in the White House, we'll have great entertainment.

    April 11, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    No, Donald, the abrasive idiot, is just a nightmare all by himself! He wants to run the country and has declared bankruptcies how many times? Just want a stupid republican would want to vote for!

    April 11, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Corey

    Trump's a cruel joke, whose Egotism is seemingly knows no boundaries. He stirs up trouble in the primaries, throwing the chance of a real Republican Primary under the bus for more antics to promote his show. He insults the President, acting like a middle school child in his attack on something that has clearly been proven. Trump acts like a fiscal conservative, but would likely file the US for Chapter 11 as he has done with many of his businesses.

    Republicans ought to focus on real alternatives as opposed to vitriolic celebrities or the current field will look even more foolish.

    April 11, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Oh how the GOP has fallen. Sideshow Don would be the ideal competition!

    April 11, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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