‘The Donald’ was interviewed by the UK’s Daily Telegraph and proclaimed himself to be ‘handsome,’ representing millions of Americans.
Since he had some troubles putting together his December 27th Republican debate, Trump spoke about this or that candidate betraying their promise to appear in Iowa for the debate.
So, in an interview the candidate was absolutely immodest when speaking about why his endorsement is such a highly prize for those who would be president. “I’m very handsome, it’s my looks,” Mr Trump, 65, said.
“It’s because I represent the millions of Americans who wanted me to run and who are tired of this country getting ripped off by China and OPEC and the rest of the world. We’re a laughing stock – run by stupid people. They see me as someone who wouldn’t allow this to happen. The candidates want my endorsement because those millions of Americans listen to me and respect me,” he proudly added.
By the way, Mr Trump has just published a book ‘Time To Get Tough: Making America Number One Again’ in which he sharing hip opinion about Obama and reads very much like a campaign manifesto, cites two pieces of evidence to back up his claims of political influence.
Mr Obama is “pursuing some sort of bizarre ideological mission that flies in the face of America’s free market tradition,” was written in his book. “Based on their words and policies, Michelle and Barack Obama apparently believe that capitalism and entrepreneurship are bad. The way they see it, raising taxes is a way to punish people for having the audacity to work hard and get rich.”
He added: “This country is an economic disaster now… because Barack Obama doesn’t understand how wealth is created – and how the federal government can destroy it. He also gives voice to the constituency of Americans who accuse Mr Obama of undermining their standing in the world. “We have become a laughing stock, the world’s whipping boy, blamed for everything, credited for nothing, given no respect.”
People who criticize Trump, believe that his talks about a White House run as a Republican just a means to drive up ratings for the show and to promote his book.
But what is absolutely true is that Trump has probably had more face time with the Republican field than any other American voter. Like Gingrich, Romney, Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann have all visited Trump Tower, as also did Herman Cain before he left the race, and Sarah Palin, before not getting in.
Mr Trump’s kingmaker status was destroyed when two of the candidates refused to take part in a debate that would have been moderated by him in Iowa on Dec 27. Nevertheless, he gave a positive spin to even this apparent snub.
He said that several candidates told him they would agree to attend the debate if he promised not to run for president when The Apprentice goes off the air in May but he refused.
“If the Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate [to defeat President Obama],” he said, “I am unwilling to give up my right to run as an independent candidate. I must leave all of my options open.”
After his plans considering the debate were criticized by Karl Bush and Ari Fleischer, President George W Bush’s former chief adviser and spokesman respectively, he responded: “They are third-rate political hacks who gave us Obama after Bush crashed and burned.”
However, Mr Trump kept on speaking about himself: “I was chosen for The Apprentice as I am such a successful businessman. That’s why I’m a star. I give the figures in my book. I am worth $7 billion. Everyone knew I was rich, but not this rich.”
But when speaking about Mr Gingrich and Mr Romney he noticed that intended to make an endorsement before Iowa votes on Jan 3. “Newt has taken off as if he’s fitted with a rocket chip, but they are both my friends,” he said. [Via The Telegraph]