Businessman Donald Trump announced Monday that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, saying, “Ultimately… business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
A blog on WashingtonPost.com said, “Trump’s decision brings to an end a political roller coaster ride on which the flamboyant celebrity pushed the debate over whether President Obama was born in the United States into the public eye, rose as high as second place in polling on the 2012 race and was on the receiving end of a fusillade of jokes from the president during last month’s White House Correspondents Dinner.”
Trump now joins former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in the list of Republican non-candidates.
The real estate mogul once took credit for forcing Obama to release his long form birth certificate, saying, “I’m very proud of myself because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” despite mounting evidence that the most recent birth certificate is also a fraud.
Regardless of Trump’s grandstanding, voters were never likely to be swayed: “Polling suggested that vast swaths of the electorate did not think Trump had the right experience to be president or shared their values.”