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. ThinkAgain

    I hope Karl Rove and Grover Norquist are having kittens over the fact that all these Frankensteins they've created (teabaggers, Trump, etc.) have all risen from the table and are wrecking havoc on the villagers.

    December 23, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. John

    What Donald Trump make because he got money In that keystone pipe line and the Republican didn't make sure It was Pass. That just be bad.

    December 23, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Carmen

    Not sure who really cares about Trumps' political ambitions...nor that he now is a middle eastern prophet ...or for his hair style

    December 23, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Deathstalker

    Whatever you got a bunch of money who cares you're not going to give me any so whats that do for me or anyone else? He doesnt really have a chance but to tell you the truth I think I would rather have him run then not run it would actually make it a little more interesting. Not that it matters to much from the way things are shaping up it will be Obama vs Ron Paul or Mitt and maybe Trump.. Obama is the lesser of 3 evils. What else can you do.

    December 23, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Sean Russell

    Wow, how could anybody see that coming...

    December 23, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Mark

    Donald Trump only adds to this country looking like a complete joke!

    December 23, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. jellylee2020

    He should change his party affiliation to "cirque du trump"

    December 23, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Byrun

    Trump is the biggest idiot out there!

    December 23, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Linhster

    He's a piece of bad wig that's full of hot air.

    December 23, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Michael Q

    Stupid. Just plain stupid. I guess it proves that there are stupid people in America supported by stupid people led by stupid people. It's the only way I can possibly understand the American politics of the Trumps, the Palins, etc.

    December 23, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. ST

    Though I will not vote for you Trump, BUT I salute you for your decision. You are more than 35 years of age, therefore you do qualify to run. Go for it Donald, you never know, you might win it !! After all, other so-called GOP contenders are not positioned themselves to win it!

    December 23, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. JohnRJ08

    Trump was dumped by the GOP and anybody else who mattered. He's a pathetic megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur and diarrhea of the mouth.

    December 23, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Trish

    They wouldnt come to your debate so you are taking your vote and going home? Ok. Just don't join my party, thanks.

    December 23, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    when was the last time somebody said "NO" to this immature, egotistical, spoiled brat. When delusions of grandeur collide with a fat bank account and tons of self-indulgence, you get an object known as Trump. He will always be the greatest in his own mind, even if he has done precious little for humankind with all of his financial advantages. He will die an obnoxious child.

    December 23, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. us1776

    Trump is like a bad penny.


    December 23, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Freedom Luchador

    hahahahaha... we all know what business people do with our country... Bush, Arnold and now trump? hahahaha

    December 23, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. FedUpWithLife

    Trump is a joke.

    December 23, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Cogito

    I hope Trump the Chump, nothing but an irrelevant, self-absorbed, intellectual midget, windbag, does run as an independent...then we can all demand to see his birth certificate (the long form, of course), his tax returns and his college transcripts.

    December 23, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. SixDegrees

    I shouldn't have had those burritos for lunch; now I have to go take a huge Trump.

    December 23, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |

    I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Republican Party: I'm sorry for their loss.

    I would also like to offer my sincere condolences to the Unaffiliated Parties: I'm sorry for their gain.

    I would also like to suggest that if Donald Trump runs for President, that Rosie O'Donnell 'primaries' him. They have had a contentious relationship, and going head-to-head in a primary race should finally show which one of them has the support of our citizens.

    Gene Grossman –

    December 23, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Paul Mondolfi

    Hot much longer is the press going to give this bag of hot air a platform???
    This bozo has to disappear from all but carnival acts!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Carley Ash

    Trump's not going to run. His ego could never handle the rejection.

    December 23, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. _ian_

    He had already run for President, as a Republican, and was laughed out of the race. Not a small achievement considering all the other clowns he competed with.

    Trump/Palin 2012!

    December 23, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. obamabebama2012

    As Santa would say H O, H O, H O!
    The republicans said No, No, No! The Indy car fans also told him to Go, Go, Go!
    Mr. Opportunist Trump doesn't care. His name and interesting hair piece is on CNN. I bet that made his Christmas!

    December 23, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. hextarski

    He should go ahead and run. And when he gets a total of 5 votes (cast by himself and some family members), it will be a good reality check that the only guy Trump impresses is Trump.

    December 23, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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