Trump: “Millions of people” are waiting to hear my endorsement

posted at 6:55 pm on December 28, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Ah, but of course. All those undecided Iowans and unenthusiastic Republicans across the country lack but one thing: The nudge in a particular direction only a Donald Trump endorsement could provide. Never mind that Trump’s attempt to moderate a debate collapsed. Never mind that every time he reenters the discussion, somebody’s bound to bring up his birtherism to the detriment of his broader message. Never mind that, last week, he changed his party affiliation to “unaffiliated” to preserve his right to run for president of himself as an independent. “Millions of people” still look to Trump to decide which of the current GOP candidates they support — at least according to Trump. The Washington Post reports:

“Everybody wants it,” Trump, referring to his endorsement, said in a phone interview. “I have millions of people waiting for me to do it.”

Trump’s outsize confidence in himself as both kingmaker and potential king should make any serious presidential candidate wary of being endorsed by him, some political scientists say.

“Outsize confidence” barely begins to describe it. Just to ascribe that much importance to any endorsement reflects a misunderstanding of the very nature of endorsements, at least according to some polls.

In general, most Americans say endorsements are not important to them in deciding whom to support for president. In a 2007 Gallup poll, the latest numbers on the subject, 61 percent said endorsements from “prominent people” are not important to their decisions, while 37 percent said they were important, including 16 percent who said they were very important. Democrats were somewhat more likely to say endorsements mattered.

Endorsements from celebrities, such as Trump, appear even less critical. In a 2007 Washington Post-ABC News poll, nearly nine in 10 Americans said candidate endorsements from entertainment figures or celebrities made only a little difference or none at all; 11 percent said they mattered a great amount or a good deal.

Whatever he says, Trump’s endorsement is unlikely to prove an exception: According to a September Fox News poll, 71 percent of Republicans say Donald Trump’s endorsement wouldn’t make much of a difference to them — and 18 percent actually said it would make them less likely to support Trump’s favored candidate.


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Donald Trump’s endorsement means absolutely nothing to me and most of my friends. In fact, I will look with suspicion on whomever he does eventually endorse. Those Republican candidates that are courting his endorsement should take note of that…

Trump is a self-serving egomaniac. I would not trust any endorsement he gives.

mlewis7299 on December 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

The guy’s got a bigger ego than Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich combined.

rogaineguy on December 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Uh – ya sure. I really don’t care what this bad comb-over says or thinks.

dentarthurdent on December 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

He rents his name to venues and products, so he must keep his name “out there.” That’s all.

Akzed on December 29, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Ah, but of course. All those undecided Iowans and unenthusiastic Republicans across the country lack but one thing: The nudge in a particular direction only a Donald Trump endorsement could provide. Never mind that Trump’s attempt to moderate a debate collapsed. Never mind that every time he reenters the discussion, somebody’s bound to bring up his birtherism to the detriment of his broader message. Never mind that, last week, he changed his party affiliation to “unaffiliated” to preserve his right to run for president of himself as an independent. “Millions of people” still look to Trump to decide which of the current GOP candidates they support — at least according to Trump.

Tina, I would support Trump over Romney, Paul or Hunstman any day. I differ with Trump on a few issues, but he makes sense on China and OPEC and how stupid our leaders are. But, nevermind that, let’s get back to you trying to discredit him. You’re not trying hard enough. Try a little harder.

apocalypse on December 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Then write something glowing about that plastic, robotic, candidate Romney.

apocalypse on December 29, 2011 at 2:48 PM

“Millions of people” are waiting to hear my endorsement

No…. Not really.

V7_Sport on December 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

No, we’re listening like we’re waiting for a punchline, and we know the joke isn’t even funny.

Mazztek on December 29, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Trump — just shaddap

Conservchik on December 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Without a doubt, Trump is the biggest douschebag in the world. He would destroy our country the way he destroyed the USFL.

76United on December 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

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