Monday, May 16, 2011

Trump Not Running for President, Coming to Iowa Dinner?

The Donald is the Done: O.K., be honest: who really thought Donald Trump would give up the "Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC so he could run for president? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

It's just a coincidence that on the exact same day NBC announces its new fall lineup, which includes Trump's show, that Trump announces he won't run for president? Trump has plummeted in the polls after he kept pushing the birthers' claims Barack Obama was born somewhere other than the U.S. And he followed that up with his profanity-laced speech in Las Vegas, which horrified some of the Iowa big money-types I talked to. Trump had one associate working the phones a little talking to prominent Iowa Republican activists last month, but I don't know of anyone who had signed on to work with him. And I never even saw an Iowan ever named to the "Draft Trump" movement. Good thing for that non-existent Iowan with the new developments.

So what about the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Day Dinner? Trump was supposed to headline the event on June 10th. Will the party dis-invite Trump now? Will Trump dis-invite himself? I just received this statement from the party, which essentially says, stay tuned.

Iowa GOP Spokesman Casey Mills issued the comment below regarding the status of the June 10 Lincoln Dinner.

"While our invitation to Mr. Trump never hinged on a potential Trump candidacy, Iowans responded enthusiastically and with great interest in his appearance at our annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Today, it is our understanding that Mr. Trump is reassessing his commitment. We anticipate a final decision on his June 10 appearance will be made tomorrow and we will make further comments at that time."

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