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. banasy

    @ richard aptekar:

    "He does not negotiate, he bullies, out-shouts, washes over good questions, fabricates answers. He’s a liar."

    Sounds like you've described Bill O'Reilly, as well!

    April 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. marcia

    Poor Sam is such an uniformed nincompoop! So sad!

    April 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Touche

    I dont know if I am going to vote for Trump, but I will vote for my dog Duke before I would vote for Obama. Granted the Republicans have to get a viable person to run (maybe Trump), but there is nobody on the dem side that does anything based on facts. Its all touchy feely and Obama, Reid and Pelosi are classic examples of how NOT to run a country (unless you are running it in the ground). And NO I am not a Bush lover, but the Obama blame game is wearing thin on even his most staunch supporters.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    Complete and total lack of professionalism on the part of CNN and, really, the media as a whole. They're acting like kids who are finding out Santa isn't real when they've invested so much emotional energy into the man.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. T-Rex

    Please people, listen, You don't have to love him, or even like him, just get your facts striaght before you open your mouths. Politics has become BIG business, Trump has NEVER declared bankruptcy, he is very succesful buisiness wise. You keep paying at the pump and NOBODY wants to address it, he is talking about everything we complain about everyday, no-one else is even addressing it or any of OUR needs. He is so rich he does'nt need our money, he just wants to get rid of the B.S. Wake up people!

    April 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. billboulware

    Donald Trump is a Chump. Donald Trump is not a businessman,he's a Con-man. Be smart: DUMP DONALD TRUMP! BRB

    April 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    Maybe Cnn only asked him about the birther issue because that's the only issue Trump understands...just sayin'...

    April 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @T-Rex, I'm sorry to have to burst your bubble, but Trump HAS declared bankruptcy. Repeatedly.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      May businessmen have. It's called learning. Do you know how difficult it is to start a business after bankruptcy? I doubt you do. Why don't you give it a shot and see if you make the billions (with a "b") that Trump has.

      April 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T-Rex

    Name me one, just one candidate that has even mentioned China, they pay no import tax, that alone would drop YOUR taxes enormously. We are in a war that was a vendeta for Bush because Sadaam threatened his father. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 but here we are. Needless death to thousands of our troops, broken families because of that and Cheney is still raking it in because Halburton is in every contract in the middle east. Forget the singer people, listen to the song. Obama is OK but he walks around like nothing is going on, yet drive around middle america and you see motels filled with families and kids studying like they were in the depression. Drastic? YES, but how much longer people How much longer.Drastic times call for drastic measures.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. geno kersey

    why dont he show the birth cert after the mess bush got us into the country still a mess with obuma in steadly in downfall gas unemployment medical obuma weak im gonna vote for trump i voted for obuma not again does he not want to show his birth cert get it over with stop protecting the illegels to obuma your just as bad as bush if not worst obuma talks outa both sides of his mouth and both are crap

    April 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • super44

      what happened to the transparency the so-called president campaigned about? What happened to I will not except any special interest donations, that he campaigned about? Why does fox news have better ratings?

      April 27, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Todd

    Ok T- Rex, I'll use small words here. Trump never declared personal bankurptcy. His businesses declared bankruptcy. Remember Trump towers? Of course you do.

    Trump inhereted his money. He didn't make it, and he is no business man.

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

    @T-Rex: I agree with desperate al, but Trump isn't the answer.

    I've said it before: a President is only as good as Congress will let him be.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kyle

    I think Trump has some good ideas. I especially like his idea of making the Saudi's and other Arab nations pay us back the money we've spend defending them and their oil. I like his idea of seizing the oil fields in conquered nations. Why not? is that too barbaric for many American's to stomach? To the victor go the spoils as the quote says. Screw the idea of policing the world and apologizing for the way America is. We need to run this country more like a business than a charity group. Lets do something to help THIS country instead of everyone else. Trump may or may not be the right man for the job, but i think at least he has the right idea...

    April 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dons

      as scary as it is for me to admit, I agree with a lot of what you just said. I certainly don't think he's the man for the job, but SOME of his sound bites are good. (a lot easier to say things than do things. a lot easier to do some little things if you got the money)

      April 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cory

    Obama is paying the cnn reporters to try and get trump to stop asking about the birth cert.

    Really though, I'm sure if the "prez" had a birth cert, it would have been presented long ago....

    April 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sb

      I guess someone told you that he never showed his certificate. Its all over the place. Its the stupid people like you who dont want to believe blue is blue, red is red. You say its not real red or blue. Just cant digest the fact that he is the first president that is not white. Trump is playing you peanut heads for a nice big pay on his show. It will all be over very soon than you imagine.

      April 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. james

    Showing with perfection why he is not Presidential material. This guy is ruining the illusion of himself being a very smart guy, when he is actually not very smart when it comes to what needs to be known about the history of the worlds countries. Go sell a condo Don.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
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