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. T-Rex

    Hey Ace, Marge, you guys keep paying at the pump. I'll take a chance on Mr. Trump, you guys must be doing OK and don't realize how much of your hard earned pay you can keep if only you had the nerve to take a chance on a winner. If he looses he won't even feel it, Look at what your banks are doing have you checked your interest rate on your savings account lately, do you even have a savings account anymore, I don't, yet these politicians gave them all that money and this time they are keeping it and anything else they can get from you. The CEO of Chase retired and got 20 million as a gift, our money. And he isn't even working anymore, When did someone ever give that kind of money to make someone go away? WAKE-UP. TRUMP IS THE CHANGE OBAMA NEVER DREAMED OF.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DnT

    Donald Trump is the U.S. Presidency as Meg Whitman would have been to California governor's office.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DnT

    Donald Trump would be to the U.S. Presidency as Meg Whitman would have been to the governor's office in California.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. worldcreator

    Kiran Chetry is sooo HOT when she gets mad LOL

    April 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    These reporters are morons. They are basically saying because they don't think the birth of Barack is an's not an issue so someone can't be a serious candidate if they don't think the way Ted Turner does. Give me a break. Trump is going to have to put up with a lot of this crap but he knows what he's doing and if he's not just yanking our chain I think a bunch of liberals are going to really be up against a wall. Truths from Trump or nothing but lies from Barack (Barry). I think I'll take my chances with Trump. At least he addresses problems and doesn't just double talk about "hope".

    April 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank Rizzo

    Donald Trump is a loser, he'll won't run for the White House he's not man enough to handle the Job he has to many fraud issues in his background.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TSimon

    Do you really think it's that simple? The Donald will become president, move in to the W.H. and overnight clean everything up? You do realize the President does not have absolute power in this country? Or in the world? There is a Congress, Senate, U.N., etc.
    So he'll get in and when he can't change what HE wants, when HE wants he'll whine that the Senate (or whoever) won't let him.....whaaa whaaa whaaa.
    The Donald has a voice, but so do I. His is just louder, and he has TV coverage. That doesn't make his opinions more important than mine.
    He talks a bit about the world...OPEC, Iran, Iraq. But what about the U.S.? What is his stance on abortion? Gay rights? Clean Water act? Natural gas fracking? Unemployment benefits? Labor unions? HIV/Aids funding and research? What about things here at home that will affect your daily life and mine?
    I just think it'a absurd for ANY candidate to think he can walk in and change it all his way with the flick of a hand.
    Get real.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. slam

    I don't like Trump and his ego-maniacal self appraisals, but he is showing more integrity here than the reporters. I mean, they try to use his bulldog tactics to close a "Deal" with him not to talk about birther anymore, then breach their own bargain by continuing to bring it up themselves. Makes him look good in comparison.

    Trumps successes have not necessarily been won on sound ethics or based on his own merits. He prides himself in screwing Gadhafi because Gadhafi's name is popularly mud and Trump thinks that makes himself look good, but maybe someone should "look into" Trump's past dealings and "get back to us" with some (not so) surprising results of good people and organizations he may have screwed. He denounces Bush, but embraces the same self-important image of America that Bush employed that lost America respect on the world stage. Now Obama (and Hillary) are trying to back paddle to restore respect, but pandering doesn't garner respect either.

    Trump's inflated ego is what makes him effective in business, but held up to the mirror of international relations, it would be ugly: so ugly it might break the mirror, and that would not be a success for humanity.

    Media people: Please don't waste time on irrelevant things like hair. The intelligent portion of the population thinks quality journalism filters out noise and BS, rather than putting a magnifying glass on it. We do understand, however, that you have attention to gain and money to made from other sectors of the populous by elaborating on BS and noise, but the tabloids (and blogs-oh crap!) are suppose to be servicing that portion of the market.

    2 cents from a liberal.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hope120

    Here is another one "Junction Jaws" he is so arrogant

    April 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TrumpIsDisturbing

    Todd–you beat me to the punch! Trump is a thief! He essentially "steals" money from his company by borrowing too much and paying himself a heafty sum of money and then putting his companies into bankrupcy! The banks lose out and in turn hurts the business men/women who want to borrow but banks can't/won't lend. What Trump HAS done is branded himself very well to dupe the banks into overborrowing. I hope he doesn't dupe the American people into running the government!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Opal

    I, too wish "the Donald" would just shut up! Yes, he's rich, but he's so obnoxious that it doesn't help! He's not a politician, nor is he a governor (one who governs). He's just a clever guy who managed to make some money. I do not want him in charge of any aspect of my life!

    One more thing – could everyone, including the media, please address the President as "President Obama"??? What other (white) president has ever constantly been address by his first name?? He's the President, not you next door neighbor!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. FlyLadyFan

    Hey MSM – your bias is showing!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fabio


    April 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TKO

    First of all, you don't have to be born in US to run for president, you have to be a naural citizen. Even if Obama wasn't born in Hawaii (and he was) he could still be president because his mother was a US citizen. That's the facts. Please get it straight, birthers!

    Secondly, why is success equated with wealth? I know wealthy people who are miserable human beings in every sense of that phrase. Success, to me, means being a good and kind person. Trump seems to be neither.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. njacres

    Trump has some issue............but Kyran Chetrey is an idiot.........why she's now in CNN, rather than FOX. She now resides in with the like-minded.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
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