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. Tony

    Where are all the jobs the rich created?...In CHINA and INDIA. Not here!

    April 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    You know, I can't help but wonder what other nations will think of America if this guy runs for President. People will be thinking we've all gone off the deep end, if they don't think that already. What a joke this has all become!

    April 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stupid

    Trump has only one agenda, which is to make himself more money.

    April 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. e.c.

    Trump will do anything to get the camera to point at him so he can sell another mattress. Why are we wasting so much time talking about a guy who seeks fame and power for his own good, just like Sheen. There is this Chinese saying. "One who praises the high and trashes the low".

    April 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |

    RON PAUL 2012

    April 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. abqtim

    Wow! I thought reporters were supposed to report the news, not try to corner someone into saying something they aren't ready say. What's with CNN forcing it's sources into revealing information? What kind of new organization badgers it's interviewee's? I won't do this until you do that...what the hell!!!!! Cnn is going down hill...and it's not just one cnn reporter it's 2 of them backing each other up. You know I'd like to hear what else Trump has to say. Maybe his other ideas are even more stupid and we don't need him to talk about the birther bill....But NO Cnn is playing some kind of mind game

    April 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cooools

    I thought Palin was bad... Trump is worse!

    April 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carlton

    Trump is just another arrogant white American who gets a michrophone because he has money...

    April 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cooools

    I thought of a new name for Trump... TRUMPALIN... He is like Palin but worse....

    April 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. achraf

    The media needs to stop telling us about him as it is only putting more money on his pocket. the more controversial he is the more his show and his business increases, the reality of the world we live in and we should put an end to this by not allowing people like him to take advantage of the things we cherich which is free press and free media and use it to their advantage.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cooools

      Yep. He is using the media and the media is using him....

      April 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Donald and Ronald

    Someone please help me out here? I am having a very hard time distinguishing between Ronald McDonald and Donald Trump. Both have orange wigs. And both are clowns. From there, I can't come up with any differences to tell me who is who.

    Oh wait, now I remember. Donald Trump is that megalomanic, self-absorbed, lunatic, reality show joke, ignoramus clown. He's the guy who doesn't require the media to trash him. He does that very capably, himself. He runs around spouting off lunatic, conspiracy theories and when asked a real question, can't answer it. He's a billionaire, who rents out his land to people like gaddafi to pitch their big nasty tents on.

    Yes, it's all clear now. Trump is that real estate mogul. He's been investigated by the Securities and Exchanges Commission for making misleading statements, filed for bankruptcy numerous times. He's the guy Deutsche Bank noted in court that 'Trump is no stranger to overdue debt' and that he has twice previously filed for bankruptcy with respect to his casino operations.

    He's a reality tv star. That, in itself, speaks volumes about the Frump.

    Yes, yes he's a party member of "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Lunatic fringe
    In the twilight's last gleaming
    This is open season
    But you won't get too far

    We know you've got to blame someone
    For your own confusion
    But we're on guard this time
    Against your final solution

    We can hear you coming
    No you're not going to win this time
    We can hear the footsteps
    Way out along the walkway

    Lunatic fringe
    We know you're out there

    April 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • e.c.

      LOL... He IS orange... why is that?
      He IS rich, I'll give him that, but that's all he has going on for him... Oh ok and a hot wife.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • APerson

      That "clown" you're referring to also has more money than some countries total GDP.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marg

      Have you all noticed that the lame stream media reports on this maniac because it's
      easier and cheaper than reporting on the actual news.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • keylargo

      As far as how much money he has goes, that really comes into question when examining his bankruptcies. No doubt he can "scare up" big sums, but the real financial giants have no faith in his ability to repay loans.

      Question: would you loan him $150,000 ? I wouldn't loan him ten cents!

      April 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barrack Obuma

      Gas prices may be up because I attacked Libya, but I will investigate oil companies, and that should keep everyone happy !

      April 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barrack Obuma

      I call on all media attack dogs to go after each Republican candidate as they announce their intentions. It is the American thing to do, and we are all Americans.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      I guess no one told him he's fired!

      April 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      Best comment of the year, the poetry was a great touch.

      April 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      To e.c.: The orange is spray tan. He and Boehner must use the same product. Either that or he's an illegal Alien from another planet. Who knows?? Maybe someone had better "birther" him to find out wherethe inhuman coloring really comes from?

      April 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hali

      He is a clown with a sod hair. Even Michele Bachmann has better chances than him.

      April 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sb

      @APerson – If money is the way you measure someones worth, then obviously you have no problem considering yourself a slave to likes of Trump. If money rules everything, you would be sold in open market just like cows and goats, if people like Trump take over nations. Every reasonable mind knows that this guy is doing all this to increase his ratings of the show and bargain for more for the next contract – which is very typical of him. This guy was booted out of his own board where he owned a stake. You are talking about making him President. Character of a person is more important than anything else in this world. You need money to buy yourself things that perish.

      April 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Char

    go Donald go Donald go Donald go

    April 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marg

      As P. T. Barnum said, "there's a sucker born every minute."

      April 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Char, are you an Obama fan?

      April 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladd

      a lot better then obama,
      sometimes you have to choose the best candidate that can 'win'

      April 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Causey in California

      Yes Char, Go Donald Go, Go a very long ways from here...

      April 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth Murray

      Yes, In the name of God GO – far far away. Reminds me of the emperor without HARDLY any clothes. Eliot, when are you going to have him on The Arena? Maybe Jeoffrey Toobin should also be on to tell him he's a birther-disgrace!

      April 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. k

    He's a snollygoster (in it's original intent).

    April 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hardworking

    This article was written by a Moron.
    Take the substance of what Trump is talking about. Not the style, not the flair – the Content.
    Give him credit for running a superb organization. Maybe we can translate that same format to running the country.....efficiently.
    We gave the opportunity to a Man- child, a community organizer. Now give it to a MAN who has had superb results, someone who has run something successfully.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marg

      You have a strange idea of manhood.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      The only thing this buffoon runs successfully is his mouth and I don't know what you're hearing coming out of that mouth but so far all I've heard is double talk and stupidity.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • keylargo

      did you write this article?

      April 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      hardworking, you do realize that Trump inheritied his wealth, right?

      April 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • W.N. Sanabria

      OK, Hardworking, let's talk about the content. That includes his statement that he would only attack Libya if we could keep their oil. I assume that means you would support a president who is willing to have our soldiers die for oil. Then there's the one about talking tough to the Saudis to bring down our gas prices. He obviously doesn't know that most of our oil imports come from Canada; do you? This guy is a blowhard, just looking for attention and feeding his already oversized ego. Unfortunately, there are too many like you that are easily had, which is preventing us from having an adult discussion about what our problems are and how to address them.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • pockets

      Take some bets to see if Trump will actually run or not, and be prepared to lose, he will not run at all. Or maybe him an Palin would make a good team, LOL. Two blow hards, pardon the pun, Mrs Todd Palin. Maybe she does blow hard. LOL.
      Whatever, they are a couple of people suffering from Narcissistic personality disorder.

      April 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blessed Geek

      "Running a superb organizaation."

      Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ..... (aka LOVLAU – laughing out loud and uncontrollably).

      He is a GENIUS. He owes money on the assets he "owns" and yet remains a billionaire.
      He runs a show of management apprentices, where his show breaks all the rules of efficient and proper people management and his show had been a chart topper.
      He runs businesses to the ground and investors lose money investing in him, and yet he runs away scot free with some more money.
      He "owns' loss making businesses whose investors are threatened by the likelihood of losing more money if they disinvest.

      His business philosophy, as propagated in his show, is that you are good business person if and only if you know how to exploit and extract financial and positional gains for yourself regardless of the state and future of the business and the community of investors.

      He is indeed a GENIUS and runs his organization efficiently and effectively, where he and his children are the only members of that organization.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz

      Yeah, he's never declared PERSONAL bankruptcy, but four huge projects he headed did, of course,providing him with plenty of protection, but leaving his investors interests and investments in shambles. He was booted from each project by the boards of directors. Then recently, he's defaulted on a $40 million loan, blaming it on the "poor economy" and then went to court to have the "poor economy" declared an act of God. Combine this with his unbelievably dumb birther stance and you've perhaps a typical candidate, but not a desirable one.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ACE

    Dale go ahead you investigate, the difference is I wouldn't waste my time to try to prove anything to a bunch of red neck bigots like you, moron

    April 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willis

      lumping people who have a view you disagree with into one stereotype, now who's really the bigot? I know it pains you, but there are intelligent people who disagree with the path of this government, and painting them all as racists just because you disagree, now that will result in nothing positive. I know its the only thing you know how to do, pathetic really. Enjoy the show.

      April 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
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