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.

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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.

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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, dug up some of the more zany things the mogul has said over the years.

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Gloria Borger: Is Donald Trump bankrupting the GOP?

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  1. Toad

    Drop the birther issue and Trump could be a decent president. It's too late to do anything, even if Obama wasn't born here (I think he was and even John McCain was born in Panama)...
    Thank you Princess! But Mario is in another castle!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • D23

      Decent president? Hahaha. Trump counts on brainless morons like yourself to bolster his half wit image, and to ensure his scams and radical points of view are left unquestioned. This whole country is g oing to h-e-l-l in a hand basket.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • alovelyladie

      A decent president? You're fired!!

      April 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neil

      Everything you said was pretty good, except Trump ever being a decent President. Drop that statement and you have a pretty decent comment.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hondunola

      @toad, I personally think he would be a decent president even if he doesn't drop the birther issue. Not to mention, I agree with him when every liberal (CNN) news station brings up the birther issue, not him. From the moment they exchange hello's one of the first questions is always about the birther issue. Whether they agree with him or not, the news media can CHOOSE to skip that topic and ask him about OPEC, China, jobs, economy, etc. etc. The guy on the clip didn't want to drop it no matter what. Instead he wanted Trump to admit to something he didn't believe. What kind of childish crap is that. Don't agree him, fine. Move on. But you need to be able to read between the lines. That's the media's way of trying to shoot down his credibility. Why else would THEY not drop it.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hondunola

      @23, Now you're the one being irrational. Considering the amount of personal success the man has had, whether you like him or not, whether you agree with him or not, the last thing he is, is a brainless moron. I don't personally know you or Trump for that matter, but unless your own acheivements overshadow Trump's, which I can bet don't, the only half-wit here is you.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      @ Hondulnoa. It DOES matter whether you agree with his business practices! It's much easier to be successful if you are willing to break the rules, cheat people (by his own admission), stiff creditors etc. If you listen to some of his answers to questions, he doesn't come across very intelligent. Do you admire Bernie Madoff's "intelligence"? He became a billionaire by robbing people's retirement funds in a complex ponzi scheme. Boy that took brains didn't it?

      April 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I don't know about a decent president but I will give him credit for being the only person brave enough and outspoken enough to call things the way they are rather than tip-toeing around them. It's refreshing.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charo

      At least Trump talkes in "specifics", not campaign slogans, e.g. "change we can believe in." per Obama in 2008.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • deb0155

      John McCain was born on a U.S. military base in Panama which makes him a U.S. citizen!

      April 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      This interview clearly shows the bias of CNN. Trump has an opinion that differs from your “reporters” opinion on a subject that you believe is settled. You(CNN) show your colors as “liberal commentators” not “reporters”. If You want him to talk about something other than the birther issue then ask him about something else. You (CNN) are the one bringing it up… The truth is that is where you believe he is the weakest… so you(CNN) as a liberal outlet attack him on that issue. Yes I believe Obama stinks as a president…but not because of where he was born. imo

      April 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debi

      i agree, we need someone that says what everyone else is thinking but are too afraid to say

      April 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    The only thing trump can do is entertain us while voters look at real people talking about real should have axed the birthing've loss what little credibility you had.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • LIsa

      I think your all scared of donald trump being right! It is a big deal! That means he's a liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and should be impeached!!!!!!!!!!!! He does not qualify to be the president and is making More of an ASS out of this country. That include you CNN you the biggest liars so what can we expect! I will definitely vote for TRUMP if he runs and I'm with him Obama is a LIAR!

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

      No Lisa, I'm not scared of Trump and his big mouth. I also think you're possibly almost as stupid as he is though.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ana

      No lisa, we are not scared of Trump, we are scared of people like you, little education, little knowledge so much hatred.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hondunola

      @ Sam & ana, As I mentioned in a previous post, whether you like Trump or not, whether you actually hate or even despise the guy or not, you cannot RATIONALLY argue about his intellect. To have acheived everything this man has accomplished takes brains. And it doesn't matter if you even agree with his business practices, he has accomplished more than some people could in 3 lifetimes. Bottom line, you have to be smart. Second, I don't know Lisa and cannot vouch for her intelligence, but what I do know is that she feels betrayed. If someone you knew pulled the wool over your eyes, wouldn't you be angry too? So why can't people be angry with the president as well? That to me, doesn't make her stupid, of low intelligence and doesn't promote hatred either.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Q

      Trump simply filled in the dark void left by the absence of Palin. Someone must lead the feeble minded....

      April 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dim Mak

    @mmmmm: Trump is in real estate and he benefits when EVERYONE has money to spend, unlike those who are trying to siphon every dollar from American workers. I like his ideas on how to deal with the global economy and nobody in the political arena has taken a firm approach to those who are shortchanging America. I agree though. Drop the birther issue, but he's running as a republican and therefore needs to gain support from the tea party crowd. Obama played to the far left during his campaign and has not kept all his promises to the left. Unfortunately politicians need to play to the mindless partisan voters in order to win primaries. If we had a 3rd party primary then you'd see less catering to the extreme elements within a party.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • diane

      mmmmm: Trump is another republican that wants to keep the capital gains tax the way it is and tax increase to lower incomes.. MMMMMMMM the American workers are screwed

      April 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frances

      Donald Trump doesn't want to make the birther his focus, apparently CNN does... He' s investigating which is what the media is supposed to do when they are not in Obama's pocket. One way, or another let the truth be told! Obama has spent millions trying to hide his information, or stop it from being released. One has to ask why...? But you're right, America has bigger, more important issues to address.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBalrog

      @Diane You may be right about the capital gains tax, but if you bother to actually listen to what he's been telling every interviewer he's spoken to, his goal is NOT to raise taxes. Rather, he wants to put an end to sending Billions of dollars in foreign aid and stop countries like China, and groups like OPEC from robbing us blind. He has stated that he believes that we could avoid new taxes completely if we just stopped bleeding those hundreds of Billions of dollars to foreign countries, when we can't afford to build schools, take care of our veterans or the sick, or the infirm and aged, or fix roads here at home.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      @Frances – Trump brought the birther subject up. It is so radical to the media that they DO focus on it, but he is responsible for the reaction. If he seriously interested in the White House he should be hammering about some of the other issues that have more traction like trade deficits etc. He has said some good things about that but the first thing he did was give the press a bat to beat him over the head with. This leads me to believe that he is doing this as a publicity stunt.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      Dom u think Trump will keep promises??? Ye!!! Just wait for microchips......

      April 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ole Lady

    I agree Mmmmm.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Liza

    This guy is simply mad.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. noel

    yes, but in john's case, his father was in the military, unlike obama's papa who's always been anti-american...

    April 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Che-3

      Are you this PRIMITIVELY this BACKWARD intellectually?
      Trailer Park Moron! When was the last time you had your demonic head examined? If you were born in so-called American Military Base you're automatically an American Citizen? Seek some education. You're a REAL disgrace to so-called American Education and to your race.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • dzerres

      IIgnorant fool. Wasn't it the Bush's grandpappy who made his fortune being a rum runner? What does that or Obama's divorced father have anything to do with hating America, foreign born or all of the ignorant (no, racist) things being spouted about Obama. I too am getting real tired of the single wide trailer trash that pretends to know what's going on in the world or even in America. Those folks never even bothered to graduate from high school and, I bet, wouldn't even know to point on a globe for Kenya or Indonesia or the Hawaiian Islands. And these folks' opinions matter, why? Please, if that's elitist then so be it – it's about time someone valued education and intelligence over guns and the size of a trucks' V8 engine.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      the Kennedys were the rum runners

      the Bush family made their money from being Hilter's bankers until that became illegal so they switched to Arabs

      April 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Hey President Obama was abaondoed by his father. He only met his father once. Ronald Reagan's father was a fall down drunk, do you hold that against President Reagan. George W Bush was a fall down drunk and convicted criminal, did you hold that against him. Cheney was a 3 time convicted criminal before he became VP. Let's face it Noel if Quadafi promised to cut your taxes while he was simultaneously h8 mping your mom, you would vote for him

      April 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      Yes, if one of your parents is in the military and stationed in a foreign country when you are born, you are automatically an american citizen.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Well it's not true...if his father was alive he would be very proud if his son. The village of his father appeared to be very proud of Obama and America. They certainly did a victory dance for us and their son...

      April 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Just because someone wasn't in the military doesn't mean they're "anti-American". Just where did you come up with such ignorant blather?

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

      McCain was born in a military hospital on a US military base in Panama...thats all US Land folks.

      Obama was born in Hawai, and his mother is a US citizen.

      In other words, they are both American citizens...end of story for the sane people.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. noel

    understand this folks, obama is in the pockets of the unions, trump won't be FOR SALE... i personally find him distasteful, but he'd be exactly what we need, a businessman who will have the cajones to make the difficult decisions that obama ignores or just pays token attention to... in other words, obama is all politician, one w/ ZERO leadership skills...

    April 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      hey Noel - is that Noel like the Coward or Noel the girl's name

      UNIONS are the reason almost 70% of Americans own their homes

      Trump is no leader - people who he can fire kiss his a** - Once he loses his ability to fire people - like if he had to work with Congress, Trump would be totally ineffective -- besides as a businessman he has filed bankruptcy multiple times - as a man and a husband he is also a failure

      April 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Che-3

      And where are you? In Corporate Welfare PIG Stinky ASS!

      April 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ana

      Yeah right, 'we are gonna lose 300 billions to chine this year, they are manipulating their currency' 'I will go and tell chine, hey you have to stop manipulating your currency' wow classy, this is how we want our president. He will go and tell china to stop manipulating currency, and then china will say ef off Trump hahahhaha.....

      April 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • IrishB

      Even if America is just about property investment i wouldn't elect Donald Trump. Remember, he was near bankrupt in his Taj Mahal deal. But America is a hell of a lot more than just about real estate. The fact that he hangs on on such a lost cause as the "birther" in my opinion disqualifies him for any high public office.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Che-3

    Deranged CRIMINAL MORON!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Duh

    "Drop the birther issue and Trump could be a decent president. "

    Because supporting economic policies that would start a trade war with China resulting in prices of just about everything you buy skyrocketing is the economic policy America needs to continue recovering...

    April 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I am not scared of China...bring it on! we got plenty of shock and awe leftovers thanks to Bush!

      April 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBalrog

      @Duh IF he were president and placed a 25% tariff (tax) on all Chinese imports, the long term effect would be one of two things: China would capitulate, and stop manipulating their currency to keep it's value artificially low against the Dollar, which would help our economy... or... they would refuse to stop what they are doing, and the price of their goods would once again be cost-beneficial to make here in the U.S., creating more job opportunities for Americans, which is good for our economy.

      China may hold the largest portion of our debt (in the form of U.S. Treasury Bonds), but their ability to hold us hostage with those Bonds is significantly lessened if they lose the ability to manipulate the value of their currency against the U.S. Dollar. That becomes doubly true if our economy heats back up as a result.

      April 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    UNIONS are the reason almost 70% of Americans own their homes

    Trump is no leader - people who he can fire kiss his a** - Once he loses his ability to fire people - like if he had to work with Congress, Trump would be totally ineffective -- besides as a businessman he has filed bankruptcy multiple times - as a man and a husband he is also a failure

    April 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. johnp1

    why media does not ask him about serious questions? It is liberal media who is stupid and stupid and stupid.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maryann

    It is actually the rich and corporations who are siphoning every dollar from American workers. If not for their huge tax breaks, we'd have a balanced budget.

    And don't tell me they create jobs, because Bush cut their taxes years ago, where are all these jobs that the rich created? Where?

    April 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      the "wealthy" do not create jobs, they send jobs to Mexico China Vietnam etc.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charo

    When MSNBC Does a "hatchet job" on a candidate to convince us all of their political out..!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    Trump is a joke. *How* many times has he declared bankruptcy? Astute businessman, my ass. He's an entertainer. I'd rather elect George Clooney. At least *he* doesn't look like a mad scientist!

    As for Obama not fulfilling his campaign "promises", not one President has ever kept his word. Not one, whether Democrat or Republican. A President is only as good as his Congress will let him be; why does everybody forget that?

    April 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • diane

      I agree with you. Not one President has kept their promises. Trump you are fired

      April 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • giller

      Trump has had some corporations go bankrupt, doesn't mean Donald Trump himself personally has ever filed bankruptcy. If you want to dispute that, then you could say that America is on the verge of bankruptcy, and needs someone who is experienced in turning a company around. Also I don't believe Donald Trump would go and make information up, if there are questions about Obama's birth place, then they should be investigated.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cant believe...

    Trump would be 10x the prez Obama is

    April 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
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