Gotta Watch: Donald Trump
Several polls have Donald Trump as a top condender for the GOP race to the White House.
April 21st, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Donald Trump

As MSNBC has said, Donald Trump is to politics what Charlie Sheen is to entertainment. You want to watch him just to see what he says next. He keeps questioning President Obama's birthplace, but he gets annoyed when anyone presses him on his "birther" theory. Trump has been a media magnet for years, and now he's dangling the prospect of a potential presidential run. In today's Gotta Watch, we take a look at some of Trump's greatest hits.

'Birther' controversy – Trump says his strengths as a potential candidate like in his stance on "jobs, the economy, and protecting our nation from OPEC, China and all these other countries that are ripping us off." And yet, he complains that, every time he's on TV, he's asked about the theory that President Obama wasn't born in the U.S. Check out this feisty exchange between Trump and CNN's Ali Velshi and Kyran Chetry.

What's in a Trump name? – From "stupid" to "blatherside," so many in the media have their own way to describe Donald Trump. CNN's Jeanne Moos takes a look.

Donald Trump said what?? - Sometimes it seems as though Trump says anything that comes to his mind. And it's not always nice. As he eyes a possible presidential run, CNN.com dug up some of the more zany things the mogul has said over the years.

Gloria Borger: Is Donald Trump bankrupting the GOP?

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  1. Sam

    I might add, Trump told an astonished Ali Velshi that he would impose tough tariffs against the Chinese despite the fact that it would cause 25% inflation and throw the country into economic turmoil. There is nothing nuanced about Trump; he is arrogant and crude and has the finnesse of a bull charging through a china shop. Even George W. Bush isn't as arrogant or as stupid.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Roo

    Trump is not even an average businessman. He is a great self promoter but not a good businessman like he keeps claiming and stupid people believe. Watch Elliot Spitzer's show where he dug into where he makes money. Most of his money now comes from the Apprentice or his licencing fees he receives from people licencing Trump for their buildings or anything else. He is fully leveraged in the few real estate assets he still owns. He has lost money in real estate in the biggest real estate boom in history and in the Casinos. How the heck does even a bad businessman lose money as the house in a Casino!!!!! Please stop assuming he is a good business person. You have to go no further than his ridiculous negotiating tips e had on his show to know that he is far from a great businessman... "Never back down" and "Never let the other guy see you sweat". LMAO

    April 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bobby Kebic

    CNN is nothing more that a Liberal and Islamic propaganda machine. They are afraid of Donnald Trump because they don't have anyone near Trump's callibar in Democratic Party. Trump is the only one who could beat Obama right now and people feel it!
    Romney could be a vice-president. The rest of the field have no chance.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • peopleRfunny

      You're funny. I hope you're not serious!

      April 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roo

      LMAO

      April 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roo

      Bobby, Does your Mom know you are on her computer?

      April 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Get back to us when you learn to spell the word "caliber" corectly. Even for someone who lives in a trailer park and has a 3rd grade education it shouldn't be that tough.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GET OVER IT

    Donald Trump multiple bankrupcy filing are enough to show how stupid he is.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. banasy

    @FRN: it's "laissez-faire. And do you even know what it means?

    April 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Big~Smelly~Tuna

    This man and the coverage he gets from all the us media show the mentaility of the average american.
    People on this forum are, for the most part, not thrilled with trump.
    But it is an indicator of the average american IQ ~ dull-normal range ~ and school completed ~ grade 8 ~ that
    this fool keeps getting coverage.
    In a rational world this man would have gotton page 2 section c one time only.
    He will never run ~ the disclosure will show he is broke and counts on the stupid tv show to pay his bills.
    He lost his @ss just as the other real estate barons did.
    Trump casinos are not his anymore and much more will go.
    and don't even get me started on the hair.......

    April 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bobby Kebic

      To “Ivory Tower Snot (wan’na be)”
      1) Well, my IQ = 129!
      2) Speaking three languages fluently!
      3) Degree in Economics from Eastern Europe and Computer Science from HSU.
      4) Intensely interested in Politics (and Economics; naturally) and I say:
      RUN TRUMP, RUN! AMERICA NEEDS YOU!

      April 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Bobby if you were Pinnocchio I'd be asking if I could chop off a few feet of your nose for firewood. After that last comment of yours nobody here believes you can speak one language fluently let alone three. And those "degrees"? Don't make me laugh, fool.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big~Smelly~Tuna

      @Bobby..
      .
      2) Speaking three languages fluently
      .
      Do you speak them all at the same time as your statement implies?
      I speak seven ~ and properly at that !
      You need some 8th grade English courses.
      ..
      Eastern Europe ~ Are you as Slav?
      My mother said they always make the best domestics ~ Slavs.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby Kebic (To "Tuna" & "Sam")

      Bobby Kebic
      Since I couldn’t reply to your original and “classy” reply (“why I wasn't aborted”) that reflects your disturbing state of mind, I have to post it here:
      If my mother had aborted me she would never be able to live on Hawaii and drive Carrera! I have achieved all that on my own without any inheritance, government subsidies or public employee/teacher’s union protection.
      p.s. I bet you never received non-governmental paycheck in your life.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby Kebic (To "Tuna" & "Sam")

      Since I couldn’t reply to your original and “classy” reply (“why I wasn't aborted”) that reflects your disturbing state of mind, I have to post it here:
      If my mother had aborted me she would never be able to live on Hawaii and drive Carrera! I have achieved all that on my own without any inheritance, government subsidies or public employee/teacher’s union protection.
      p.s. I bet you never received non-governmental paycheck in your life.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Bobby, it's been my observation that those who feel the need to brag about their mothers living on Oahu and driving Carerras are actually minimum wage bottom feeders who live in trailer parks and whose jobs usually include the phrase "would you like fries with that?" or "paper or plastic?".

      As for collecting a government check in my lifetime: I do, and have for quite some time. I'm a retired Army officer and a partially disabled veteran so I think it's fair to say I earned it.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • EducatedMan

      @Bobby

      Eastern Europe University? I went to Mid-West North America State University. I think we played each other in football. We are in the same conference with South Australia Tech, University of Antartica and Northwest Asia A&M. :)

      April 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TheBuckStartsHere

    Hey CNN, let it go!

    April 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bobby Kebic

    Liberals said the same thing about Ronald Reagan! Any questions?

    April 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big~Smelly~Tuna

      Yes ~ why were you not aborted?

      April 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I have a question...are you the product of inbreeding?

      April 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slogun

      I Have a question.

      Why did Reagan give weapons to Iran, Iraq, bin laden, and the Taliban?
      I mean if you think about it...Ol' Ronnie boy supplied all of our current enemies with the weapons they are using against us.

      Thanks Dutch!

      April 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • CubanMom

      NO the Liberals did not say the same thing about Reagan!

      April 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roo

    He does not have close to the money that he pretends to also. He will never disclose it, so he will never run.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big~Smelly~Tuna

      100% correct ~ only his stupid reality show is paying the bills and if his "prez bid" does not
      raisde the ratings it is a gonner and again he will be ~ bankrupt.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • peopleRfunny

      You guys have to admit though, some of the people on this board are funny. Some of the things they come up just makes my day! Donald Trump ... really! I crack up just thinking about it : )

      April 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ken

    I really don't think Obama knows for sure he was born in the US. Hawaii just became a state, right after he was born. have seen many people in the US that have been here for 30 + years, and found out later in life, they were not legal citizens, due to split families and broken homes, bad record keeping, etc.
    My Grandmother was not sure of her exact birth year. It happens.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big~Smelly~Tuna

      In functional famlies it does not happen. My family have birth and baptismal and christening ceremony
      records in thefamily bible that go back 300 years.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Hawaii became a state in 1959. Obama was born in 1961.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joane Johnson

      My family can trace back to slavery through bible entries. My mom had to use it to get her social security. Boprn in Louisiana. I was able to find her actual BC through Ancestry .com using it. Oh, yes, diligent people can do this or find a way. If Hawaii had not been made a state, after it was stoeln from the natives, asians may never have been allowed citizenship. They were allowed this in 1959. Not even asians born here in the 19th century could become citizens.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jean2009

    Who's going to be his running mate Charlie Sheen? I do believe some Americans have lost their marbles...Donald Trump only knows enough to run his mouth and the more he does the stupider he looks.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. What an idiot

    He intentionally uses the birther issue to inject himself into the media and then gets angry when the very same media ask him to support his position. What a loon.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mr White

    CNN has to get in their daily GOP bashing article.
    What a joke.
    You're not even slick about it.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big~Smelly~Tuna

      well sh!t head ~ bashing trump is not the same as bashing republicans
      he is smarter than most of the republican party

      April 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Varghese kurian

    What a joke is he he is a failure in everything as a husband he married thrice filled bankruptsy multiple time knows nothing about economics knows nothing about social studies nothig about politial and international issues knows knothig about middle east or about asia he is barking about his knowedge of OPECdoes this fool know what it is he is threatening China saying its riping us off mani think all he knows is to sell womens ingerie no offence its the truth and perhaps i hope we dont have to see him as president and sarah paline as secreatary of state we will become a bannana republic and we will see every country ripping us off

    April 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mmmmm

    If he gets Ivanna to run a 5minute spot on national tv as to why he should be president...I'll listen...

    April 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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