PALM BEACH, Fla. – Will Donald Trump actually take the presidential plunge and run for the White House in 2012?
Radio giant Rush Limbaugh now believes the real-estate tycoon and television personality will.
“Up until Friday, I didn’t think so. I thought there were other things behind this,” Limbaugh said on his program today. “And I still don’t know, still into wild-guess territory. But now if I had to put money behind the guess, I would say he’s running. I really think he is. As of now I think in his mind, he’s running. Now, with Trump, anything can happen between now and that day that he says he’s going to announce. … I think he’s gonna do it.”
Trump appeared as a guest on Limbaugh’s show Friday, where Rush asked him, “Are Obama and the people helping him in his administration just incompetent, do they not get it, or is this being done on purpose? I mean, there’s an assault on the private sector … . There’s an assault on wealth generation and creation. Is it these people are just rose-colored theoreticians who just don’t know how wrong they are, or is it worse than that?”
“There are two theories,” Trump responded. “There’s one theory that he wants to destroy the country and create a socialistic country. There is that theory, and I’ve read a lot. This isn’t necessarily my theory. I personally think they’re incompetent.”
Trump continued, “One thing Obama is: He’s a good campaigner. He’s a terrible president. I think he’s gonna go down as the worst president ever, frankly. I used to say that about Jimmy Carter but I think he’s gonna be surpassed. But I think that the one thing he is, he’s a good campaigner. He just campaigns well. If you ask me about Obama, the only thing he does well is campaign.”
As far as when Trump might make his intentions official, he indicated it would come later this spring, with a tie-in to the last episode of his NBC show, “The Apprentice.”
“The finale is on May 22nd, and I may announce on the finale the date of the news conference where I’d make the determination,” Trump said.
“And that will be, in any event, sometime prior to June. Because, you know, somebody said to me the other day, ‘Oh, let’s do it in June.’ I said, ‘No, I can’t do that.’ They said, ‘No, no, it would be perfect.’ I said, ‘No, I can’t do that, because I have been saying for six months ‘sometime prior to June.’ They said, ‘Oh, no, it doesn’t matter. If you say June …’ I said, ‘No, you don’t understand. When I say ‘prior to June,’ that doesn’t mean June. So I will be making an announcement sometime prior to June – and I may surprise you.”
On Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla., Trump attended a tea-party rally, and said he believed President Obama did not write his first book, “Dreams from My Father,” claiming it was written by former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, a scenario proffered by WND columnist Jack Cashill.
“I know a lot about books,” Trump said. “The man who wrote the second book didn’t write the first book. The difference was like chicken salad and chicken sh–. … I read both books, there is no way that he wrote that first book. … His whole aura was caused by the genius of the first book which was written by Bill Ayers.”
If you’d like to sound off on this issue, please take part in the WND poll.