'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Does Trump have to run for president now?
April 20th, 2011
01:55 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Does Trump have to run for president now?

So is this whole Donald Trump-for-president thing just a big game? Entertainment Weekly claims it is.

In a brand new report today, EW says NBC executives think it’s a stunt – remember, NBC puts Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” on the air each week.

For the last few months, Donald Trump has transformed from reality show and real estate mogul to ultra-conservative mouthpiece. But has Donald gotten in too deep? If he doesn’t run, and this is all just one big stunt, he could face serious backlash. So does he have no choice but to run now?

The thought that Donald has been pulling of a presidential stunt this whole time is appalling to me. There would be no excuse for making such a mockery of the process in order to boost “Apprentice” ratings. What do you think? Tell me below.

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  1. Alden Pulver

    he should run and let people decide if he is Presidential timbre.

    April 25, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joplat Plateau


    Donald Trump is a sick man that wishes to go down with out any kind of respect. He need to go home, retire and go fishing with dignity if any and forget about becoming a world buffoon as American president. I have no regards for him since he tried to take away home from an elderly woman in her 80s whom he finally blocked her ocean view from her home, for refusing to sale her sentimental home to him in mid 1990s if am not mistaken.

    What type of a person is that buffoon that’s wishing to become American president? He lacks manners and does not have any type of respect and also sense of approach.



    April 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G. Washington

    He has as much chance of getting elected as a socialist senator from Illinois with no business experience.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. carib

    to all you morons that think mr donald BANKRUPTCY trump could make a good president,im glad there is not too many of you morons out there to make any real difference in the political arena.LEARN FROM WEEZILGIRL

    April 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. morris wise

    No truths will be hidden from the thousand detectives hired by Trump, they dig deep. Every move the president made since his childhood will be uncovered. But it still wont help get Trump elected, nobody likes a snitch.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dree

    Trump/Plump may have a chance to win if he ran against Ronald McDonald... Oh, wait, that's debatable...

    April 21, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. SKY


    April 21, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. B lo me

    U R all idiots! dump the Dems and the Reps. vote Libertarian, pass the Fair Tax. get rid of the career politicians!

    April 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. football fan

    Trump doesnt like paying his creditors he talks a good game but come onthe nonsense he's talking bout with oil from the middle east will cause more problems then fix plus he can't file for bankruptcy and hide from america's creditors

    April 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fat dummy

    I am a good eater !

    April 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. portalpunk

    Donald should send more Lemonaide to South Africa to support his Lemonaide stand


    April 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |

    I voted for him the first time but wont this next election. He is a story teller. He hasnt changed anything. Just another politician.

    April 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |


    April 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peace

    Well said Ben & football fan ! I hear ya !!

    April 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. EM

    YEAH !

    April 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ELLA

    As a strong African American woman I think he would make a terrible president. Probably even worse than the one we have now. I am embarissed by my communites first one. He is just another politician. Hasnt done anything he let on he would do. He is George W with a new paint job.

    April 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      LOL! You're not african-american; but you are a LIAR! Didn't you just refer to President Obama as a "jibbaboo?" Idiot!

      April 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. football fan

    Trump for president funny if u have an 7 figure income u will love him if not who cares in trump's America

    April 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ELLA

    He will have to run mighty fast to outrun a jibbaboo. I dont think he can.

    April 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dee

    Donald Trump is fame hog and needs to get over himself. Hes making a mockery of this country by seeing how much hype can surround him. Thats not presidential behavior...he should just stick with TV and his real estate dealings. Thats what he is good at- diplomacy- not so much- he wouldnt be working for the people- he would do only what he wanted to do- no one would be able to tell him what to do...who needs that? Not America...he doesnt care about people- he believes anyone beneath him is less then him. Thanks- but no thanks Donald...

    April 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Bruno Marx

    Right like Donald Trump could run his own companies into bankrupty twice. He couldn't stay faithful to a dog. Why any Lobbist could buy him with a wink.

    April 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ruth Niles

    We desparately need a very smart business man running the country. Donald Trump has the qualifications. He need a diplomat as a running mate that we America gets the best of both worlds. Most citizens have to be primarily concerned with their money; that's how we survive! No matter what happens with abortion, Iraq or illegal aliens, we all, first and formost, have to pay out bills, support our families and eat. This country needs to be run like a business in order to succeed. If Trump stays away from the dirty politics and sticks with economics (his forte), he will win. Leave the dirt to a "politician", that's what they are trained for. How many politicians have said "I have enough money, I won't take any salary.".............oh wait, they all voted themselves a raise, while the rest of the country is living hand to mouth. I really am very sorry I ever voted for a "politician" and it's time to get "common sense" running this country.

    April 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • weezilgirl

      do you have any idea how many times Trump has filed bankruptcy and left his creditors out in the cold? you better do some research before you call him a good business man.......as far as that goes, he doesn't appear to be a good man.....

      April 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chip

      If his strength is business then maybe he should change his platform to economic issues rather than beating the dead horse of whether Obama was born in Hawaii or not.
      Trump is simply doing this as a publicity stunt to increase his public profile for the next season of his TV show. Nothing more.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Ben

    Donald Trump's "presidental" hopes are as far fetched as Smother's Brothers comedian Pat Paulson's run for the office in 1968. If Trump gets the nomination, President Barack Obama will be reelected by one of the biggest landslides in USA history. The vast majority of Republicans are not that stupid to go down to the dumps with this clown. NBC News did a great story on Trump and what a phoney he really is. Trump will back out of a run for the presidency or be one of the biggest laughing stocks ever. People will be laughing At him, and not with him.

    April 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Ben

      You got that right! Trump/Chump is a loud mouth blowhard who is not going to reveal his stolen income to run for the presidency. He's only doing this for publicity and his show. FAIL!

      April 21, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jim Nabors

    Even though he isnt gay I love him and would eat his Stinkee pieces.

    April 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Loretta Laskin

    Donald Trump for President! I will certainly vote for him. No doubts about it. He is what this country needs. Someone strong, smart and not afraid of anyone or anything. He has a great tract record and I believe the old line politicians have ruined this country and they are still ruining it. President Obama is a liar and all he does is talk, no action. Donald Trump is a great American, Obama wants to ruin America!

    April 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Is a "tract record" your history of urinary infections?

      April 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • weezilgirl

      as in "urinary tract" record? any infections lately?

      April 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      If Trump is qualified to be POTUS then so am I! Trump is a bigot, a joke and a fraud. He's running on the birther garbage. He will fade very soon. As soon as he has to show his income taxes, he will drop out.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |

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