The Donald’s taking his toupee out of the ring! On Monday, the embattled reality star announced that he has decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency of the United States.
Sorry, Conservatives. Guess he’s not ready to leave the boardrooom.
The reality TV star and real estate magnate made the announcement at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan on Monday, as NBC announced that Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, which wraps up its current season on May 22, will return midseason. Trump, who has fallen out with a host of celebs for his relentless pursuit of President Obama’s birth certificate, has been testing the waters for a possible 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination. He delivered a host of speeches to national GOP groups, traveled to early primary states like New Hampshire, and criticized President Obama for failing to release an official copy of his birth certificate. All in pursuit of that ivory pad at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The pageant owner also cryptically credited affirmative action with getting Obama into a host of Ivy League universities. Trump’s comments and role in so-called “The Birther Scandal” raised eyebrows among some of Americans, including Late Show host David Letterman, who accused the flamboyant mogul of racism.
“After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency,” he said. “This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
It’s probably for the best: The Quinnipiac University polled 1,408 voters by telephone between April 16 and May 1 and found that nearly 60 percent would not consider backing Trump or former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin in the Nov. 2012 election.
Trump is the second Republican to say “Thanks, But No Thanks…” to a bid for the GOP nomination. On Saturday, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee announced that he would not seek the presidency.