Trump dumps GOP
December 23rd, 2011
03:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Trump dumps GOP

(CNN) - Donald Trump continued to tease a potential presidential run by changing his voter registration Thursday from Republican to "unaffiliated" and publicly denouncing the behavior of members of his former party.

Michael Cohen, an aide to Trump, said the real estate mogul and reality television star made the switch "in order to preserve his right to run for president as an independent if he's not satisfied with who the Republicans nominate."

The change was made with the New York State Board of Elections.

Cohen added that Trump was "disgusted with the way Republicans are handling" the payroll tax cut extension, saying the actions of Republicans were partly to blame for his party change.

Cohen also cited foreign policy issues, claiming Trump had been ahead of the curve in predicting security issues in Iraq after the U.S. pulled out troops.

"Iraq is imploding. Who else has been saying this except Trump?" Cohen said.

Trump's party switch is just the latest move taken by the businessman to indicate he might run for president. He very publicly contemplated a run in the Spring before announcing he wasn't willing to give up his reality show "The Apprentice" to launch a campaign.

Trump's presidential aspirations sprung up again in December, when he cancelled his appearance as moderator of a presidential debate, saying he wasn't "willing to give up my right to run as an independent candidate."

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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Bob

    This clown has to be kidding. With the blond hair and pink tie he looks like some kind of carnival barker.

    When will this dope just go away?

    December 23, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. palebluedot

    Here he goes again. The big man who must always be the centre of attention, whether he has anything to offer or not....more likely not. He has nothing to offer except wanted people to waste their vote on him. He has no power in politis and never will.

    December 23, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Rick

    I would like to start a movement. The none of the above movement. Every Federal, state and local office should have a none of the above and if that garners the most votes then the office would sit vacant till the next regular election. Living in Kentucky I would much rather have no one representing me than those that have been for many years now with Senator McConnell at the top of the list of offender/pretenders.

    December 23, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Proud51

    I like Donald Trump, even though he has never done anything for me and we're not even on the same page politically. I think he should stick to real estate and stay away from the dirty of politics as it diminishes his persona as a business man and the wonderful person otherwise he is.

    December 23, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. QS

    If this is Trump teasing....I'd really hate to see what his idea of foreplay is! LOL!

    December 23, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. hwy911

    Sure! Get in there, Trumpster, and run as a FOURTH party candidate! The more the merrier! Narcisisstic blowhard.

    December 23, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    TRUMPity, TRUMPity, Trump got Dumped
    And what’s left in his throat is a Lump, Lump, Lump
    But before swallowing his pride he’ll say “I still love ME”
    And after kissing himself he’ll dump the G O P!!

    Happy Holidays – Obama 2012

    December 23, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Trump, we are still waiting for you to honor your promise to The People to disclose your finances if President Obama disclosed his birth certificate. Enough said.

    December 23, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Willie K.

    President Obama owes an aplogy to carnival barkers everywhere for comparing this idiot to them. You would think someone with this much money could get a better hairdo. Shave it off, Donald, it is obviously dead anyway!

    December 23, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. NoGr8rH8r

    The 3rd Party only takes votes away from the other 2 and can never win! It's pointless. The 2 "real" parties need to come together and fix America, before it breaks apart.

    December 23, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wish right wingnuts in Austin would not say they are independents. It gives independents a bad name. That is like saying Hanoi Hannity is an independent.

    December 23, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. seriously???

    Trump's brain is imploding. This grossly over-inflated, bloated carcass of a loser doesn't deserve a nano-second of anybody's attention.

    December 23, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Lou

    Trump is making a fool of himself again. You would think he learned his lesson last time he waded into politics.

    December 23, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. waikikijohn

    Please just ignore this tired fool

    December 23, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. fastx

    HA, get that chump out of here. You really think Americans can trust this fool? He's the 1% ffs.

    December 23, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Donkey Party

    Keith in Austin –

    And you're a radical extremist fundamentalist right-winger. You're as much an Independent as I'm an astronaut.

    December 23, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. joey

    ok , mr perot

    December 23, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Tom

    The Donald is a complete and utter fool. Who in their right mind would vote for that nincompoop?

    December 23, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Lindsey

    We need a third party candidate or Independent to run but not Trump! He is a boob! I think there will be a viable third candidate run and I would give him/her a good chance to win seeing the way things are right now.

    December 23, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Innkahoots

    LMAO, somebody make him stop. hahahahahaha.cough,cough, gasp, wheese. (grabing my chest) Its the big one,Lamonte.

    December 23, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Even Donald Trump can’t stand republicans

    December 23, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. kenny

    Trump is a 3 Ring Circus all by himself. When Democrats herd he was leaving the Republican party, they locked all doors.

    December 23, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Based on his "qualifications", I could run for President, too. Gee, who DIDN'T see the Iraq situation coming. It's what happens when WE install a leader that WE like.

    December 23, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Repuliclost

    Even the show man Donald gets that the GOP is nothing but a buch of Boehner Heads.

    December 23, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. anagram_kid

    Dear Mr. Trump,
    First of all a big thanks for leaving. Secondly, is there room in your car for a few more? You will need two seats for Gingrich and his ego, but Rick Perry said he would ride on the luggage rack.

    The GOP

    December 23, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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