Trump to get “surprise” convention role

posted at 9:21 am on August 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Surprise!  Donald Trump will get a formal opening-day role at the Republican convention, according to Politico, who talked to “people familiar with the matter”:

Trump has generated some buzz with recent posts on Twitter saying he was planning a “big surprise” at the convention next week. But for the first time sources are confirming Republicans will indeed enlist Trump to be part of their opening day act.

Trump’s appearance will come on a day with a theme titled, “We Can Do Better,” which appears likely to amount to a coordinated attack on Obama’s time in office.

“We are going after Obama,” said Kyle Downey, a convention spokesman. “If he doesn’t want to talk about his failed record, we will. The American people expect and deserve better.”

But what exactly does this “surprise” entail?  Maybe not as much as it sounds:

Convention organizers won’t say what he’ll be doing in Tampa or whether he’ll address the delegates there. But they promise the controversial billionaire and prominent anti-President Barack Obama provocateur will be part of their opening day schedule.

The move will undoubtedly generate headlines given the real estate mogul’s star power and his flair for the unconventional.

That’s certainly one way of putting it, yes.  But if Trump isn’t speaking to delegates, what will he be doing?  Perhaps he’ll be acting as some sort of ambassador for Wall Street and celebrity attendees, but even then, it wouldn’t be like Trump to do so quietly.  He’ll want a big platform at some point; the only question will be whether he wants the dais.

In this case, I think LBJ’s advice probably applies.  I’d rather have Trump inside the tent looking out then outside the tent looking in.  (Okay, okay, I’m paraphrasing.)  I just hope that the famously loose cannon doesn’t end up being the worst of both cases.


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Unnamed sources strike again!

rob verdi on August 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

They better have him on a tight leash.

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Here’s a guy I *want* reading from a teleprompter. Reading something SOMEONE ELSE wrote.

Red Cloud on August 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

fetch the smelling salts, Tabitha – Fanny’s got the vapors again!

Jeddite on August 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The high risk vs. low reward does not compute. Why attach oneself so closely to a billionaire when that feeds the argument against you? I don’t get it.

Carnac on August 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Lord please – do not allow Trump to say “Obama, you’re fired”

jake-the-goose on August 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Good grief

forest on August 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

How too grab attention for opening night of the convention.

Cut a promo of Donald in the Trump office, giving a job review to an Obama stand-in, and ending it with…

budfox on August 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Rumor has it that he’ll be carried in by a throng of Cleopatra-clad beauties in a giant egg…sort of like Lady Gaga arriving at the Grammy’s.

Deafdog on August 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

So we are getting the “inside scoop” from the same Politico who is in the tank for Obama? What’s wrong with this picture?

indyvet on August 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Much more legitimate and serious than some ridiculous Palin related festivities.

Axe on August 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

jake-the-goose on August 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I think your plea is about a month late.

budfox on August 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

MSNBC reports that he’ll be hosting a forum on the varying degrees of rape.

Gingotts on August 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I heard he’s just going to do a skit with an Obama impersonator. Nothing more, which actually gives me comfort.

GOPRanknFile on August 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Maybe, he’ll be crowing Miss USA-Florida there? He does bring the glitz.

Fallon on August 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Sounds like fun. Dare to be bold.

Curtiss on August 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

But for the first time sources are confirming Republicans will indeed enlist Trump to be part of their opening day act.

“We Can Do Better”

Flora Duh on August 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Lord please – do not allow Trump to say “Obama, you’re fired”

jake-the-goose on August 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Are you kidding? That would be the best moment of his speech.

The Rogue Tomato on August 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Are you kidding? That would be the best moment of his speech.

The Rogue Tomato on August 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

You think so? Ok, I could be wrong.

jake-the-goose on August 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Well he won’t say something as idiotic as Akin so we are safe

mrscullen on August 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Who’s introducing Paul Ryan?

Couldn’t care less what Trump is doing.

changer1701 on August 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Trump = Good.
Palin = Bad.

Thanks! Got it, GOP!

steebo77 on August 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Which GOP asshat in DC thinks that Trump actually plays well with ANY demographic?

steebo77 on August 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

MSNBC reports that he’ll be hosting a forum on the varying degrees of rape.

Gingotts on August 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Co-hosted by Whoopi.

hillsoftx on August 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

But if Trump isn’t speaking to delegates, what will he be doing?

Self promotion. What’s he ever do?

Lord please – do not allow Trump to say “Obama, you’re fired” jake-the-goose on August 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Oh no. I fear you may be on to something!

Cut a promo of Donald in the Trump office, giving a job review to an Obama stand-in, and ending it with… budfox on August 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

No. Please no.

Akzed on August 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

But if Trump isn’t speaking to delegates, what will he be doing?

I vote for him being a broom sweeper.

rbj on August 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Who’s introducing Paul Ryan?

Couldn’t care less what Trump is doing.

changer1701 on August 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Ryan Gosling?

sentinelrules on August 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I want to know which GOP @sshat in DC thinks that Trump actually plays well with ANY demographic.

steebo77 on August 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Who is the rocket scientist who thinks Trump will attract more voters than he turns off?

or do they think he has MSNBC teflon because of his show?

marks on August 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Hey, I have an idea….

Let’s get an unprincipled billionaire elitist who supported 0bama in 2008 and well into his first term to speak at the RNC convention!

Brilliant move.

UltimateBob on August 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

romney is a fool to disrespect ron paul….
this convention is not going to go the way you think it will ed…
and it could have been avoided.
arrogance will be your downfall.

standupandbecounted on August 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

So they plan to host “The Hair” and ignore Palin. Classy RNC.

D.L.Mc on August 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I want to know which GOP @sshat in DC thinks that Trump actually plays well with ANY demographic. steebo77 on August 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Maybe Trump plays well to the same demographic who gets their news from People and Entertainment Tonight?

indyvet on August 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Trump is like the Repulican’s Biden. The RNC is giving him a spot at the convention, but disassociating itself from Palin, who has millions of supporters? They’re going to have to try harder to win this Independent’s vote. Until 4 years ago I voted mostly Dem, and even though I won’t vote for Obama, I’m not convinced the Republican elite are any different. Do they really want votes from those who were disallusioned by Obama? Touting Trump ain’t gonna do it.

snosanric on August 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

romney is a fool to disrespect ron paul….
this convention is not going to go the way you think it will ed…
and it could have been avoided.
arrogance will be your downfall.
standupandbecounted on August 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

We’re all shaking in our boots. Please stop!

Akzed on August 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

romney is a fool to disrespect ron paul….
this convention is not going to go the way you think it will ed…
and it could have been avoided.
arrogance will be your downfall.

standupandbecounted on August 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Well thank you for getting that nonsense in before you’re too stoned. I’m sick and tired of morons who make ET viewers look like Fullbright Scholars keep sticking an angry racist idiot with incredibly bad ideas on the GOP. And all because Paul has a cult following among stoners and other neer-do-wells who are too lazy to join their local OWS group.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

steebo77 on August 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Surprisingly, Trump is very admired and respected in the white blue collar making less than 35K crowd. read a story on it last week. For some reason, they relate to him. The other reason is to get viewers, which is why it’s good that Trump and Christie will be there. Too many low info voters get bombarded by msm bs and never get to hear our side. We need as many viewers as possible to hear our ideas. as wilkow says, our arguments cannot be broken.

phillysfinest on August 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Cut a promo of Donald in the Trump office, giving a job review to an Obama stand-in, and ending it with…

budfox on August 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

…uncontrollable laughter.

freedomfirst on August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Oh! And for the record, I am as sick of hearing the bleating of Palin supporters about how much she has been dissed by the GOP as I am hearing the Paulbots thinking they can hijack the convention or the armchair quarterbacks second-guessing who should or should not be speaking at the convention.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

If Trump has any role at all at the GOP convention, we deserve to lose. Period.

Shump on August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

He’s a circus act, and will serve to provide much fodder for the centrist voters.

If the GOP wants to delegitimize the conservative movement, and make Obozo seem extremely reasonable and level headed by comparison, then this is a good move.

We don’t, and it’s not.

KMC1 on August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

This is a much better idea that that silly Gov. Palin, reality TV star, author and business woman. Public service is Mr. Trumps middle name.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

someone’s gonna get fired.

maineconservative on August 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Must be the republican’s turn for a “bad” week. First Todd Akin in MO and now this….hopefully it can only go up hill from here.

obsessedinga on August 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Must be Mitt’s effort to go after the E crowd.

Kissmygrits on August 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I hope this isn’t true. It’s bad enough that there is a record of Romney standing on a stage with this guy.

lexhamfox on August 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Will his hair get its own mic?

tdpwells on August 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Lord please – do not allow Trump to say “Obama, you’re fired”

jake-the-goose on August 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

It’s reported elsewhere that that is exactly what he’s going to do. There is some type of scripted skit in which Trump reviews Obama’s job performance as president, recounts his many failures, and ends with “you’re fired!”

AZCoyote on August 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Who’s introducing Paul Ryan?

changer1701 on August 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It would be nice if it was Ann Romney. The convention has too many political speech. She can introduce Ryan at a personal level. Talk about him as a person the Romneys got to know, and about his attractive family. She can then expend the introduction to include the point that Ryan is the hope for restoration of the country’s future and prosperity for both their children and grandchildren.

bayview on August 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Hey, I have an idea….

Let’s get an unprincipled billionaire elitist who supported 0bama in 2008 and well into his first term to speak at the RNC convention!

Brilliant move.

UltimateBob on August 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I agree
but
He wont be the only speaker at this convention who supported Obama well into his first term. You can find links for Rice, Jeb and Mcain praising the Marxist’s performance as president. A lot of weak minds on the R side were swept up by Omania in 2008 including the R nominee.

BoxHead1 on August 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

There’s going to be a dunk tank at the convention?

CurtZHP on August 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM

He is a big donor after all. And BoxHead; think about where the links generate & the 3 you mention, who are RINOS and contribute zero.

democratsarefools on August 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM

So if this story is on today’s HOTAIR, how is it going to be a surprise? Now I am hoping for a Sarah Palin surprise at the convention as well. She deserves it.

Mr A on August 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

He’s probably going to launch another birther attack.

scalleywag on August 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

No Gingrich, no Palin, but Trump??????? What is the GOP turning into?

RonDelDon on August 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

As long as it is pre- recorded. Nothing live!

bitsy on August 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Surprise! Donald Trump will get a formal opening-day role at the Republican convention, according to Politico, who talked to “people familiar with the matter”:

Doorman?

trigon on August 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Somebody get the hook.

Laura in Maryland on August 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Well, I’m looking forward to ‘it’ what ever it is..Have to admit I’m curious and I don’t have any animosity toward Trump.

tinkerthinker on August 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Not a fan of these conventions, probably won’t watch much if any of it. It’s kind of like the Grammys or Oscars or Emmys, they’re just so predictable and boorish.

scalleywag on August 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Trump = Good.
Palin = Bad.

Thanks! Got it, GOP!

steebo77 on August 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM
I like Donald Trump but Palin will convert the Senate and improve our numbers in the House.She’s the reel deal, does the hard to do work.I am still super pissed that she is not headling the entire convention!!!

rodguy911 on August 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The golden retreiver-toupe thang is going to give an address. Trump is merely its form of transportation.

CorporatePiggy on August 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Uhhhh ah dunno, this guy is not only a gaffe machine but when he does it he throws bombs. And he can bring up the birhter and SS and Religion truther stuff. You sure he should even be within 100 yards?

jake49 on August 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Oh! And for the record, I am as sick of hearing the bleating of Palin supporters about how much she has been dissed by the GOP as I am hearing the Paulbots thinking they can hijack the convention or the armchair quarterbacks second-guessing who should or should not be speaking at the convention.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM


I’M SICK OF HEARING WHAT YOU’RE SICK OF HEARING ABOUT!!~!!!~!!!

Seriously, though, in a thread about Donald Trump speaking at the convention, you somehow think it’s off-topic to point out that Sarah Palin would be a far better choice? What does it say about the GOP that the person working to get more conservatives elected to Congress is not worthy to speak at the convention, but they want a cameo of Donald Trump?

tom on August 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I think someone who’s been on the front lines of the ideological battle the past 4 years, someone who’s been taking all the hits for conservatives, should be at that convention. And that ain’t Trump.

Dongemaharu on August 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I’m betting it will be sort of like that guy Cohen who plays those stupid characters: Trump will be lowered from the ceiling on cables to end up face-first in the lap of GHWB.

mr.blacksheep on August 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Trump is like the Repulican’s Biden.
snosanric on August 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

This

SomeCallMeJohn on August 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM

who cares? I won’t be attending or watching…the Demos. and the GOP are neither serious parties…..third-party will be my choice this year.

Pragmatic on August 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

if how the GOP treats Palin is representative of how they treat/what they think about women….then the GOP (as is the Democrats) are destined for oblivion…..and now mittens/ryan are admitting that they are no longer pro-life…….what a pathetic pair!

Pragmatic on August 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Trump is doing an Apprentice rip-off video, which will probably be lame.

As for who introduces Ryan.. either Walker or one of his colleagues in the House.

Illinidiva on August 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

He’ll be hosting the delegate beauty pageant.

Scrappy on August 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

FYI he’ll participate in a small filmed sketch. A light-hearted funny 5 minutes ad that will be will be launched on the opening day. He won’t really be in Tampa except in film.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Who’s introducing Paul Ryan?

changer1701 on August 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I’d like to see Bill Bennett do that.

Brat on August 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Lord please – do not allow Trump to say “Obama, you’re fired”

jake-the-goose on August 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I would expect exactly that.

Pablo on August 20, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Heh, I’m actually going to the Sarasota GOP dinner honoring Trump as the Statesman of the Year the night before the convention opens. That should be fun!

:P

ornery_independent on August 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM

trump – a big no

don’t even let him in the venue

poison and only reafirms the “rich guy out of touch” perception

audiotom on August 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Trump will have some kind of video message in which he tells Obama, “You’re fired!”

Colony14 on August 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Call me crazy, leftists routinely do, but I have a funny feeling his surprise will have something to do with Sarah Palin. I’m thinking some sort of slap at the media who will be pounding the conventions failure to include her….. Surprise!

CTimbo on August 20, 2012 at 8:16 PM

He has the school records

Conservative4ev on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Do you RINOs not get that you need an energized conservative basede to win this election?Sarah Palin,whether you principled-challenged morons like it or not,energizes conservatives like no other GOP “celebrity”.Her absence from the convention not only misses an opportunity to rally the conservative troops,but also risks turning off large numbers of people you neeed to wi this thing.Get this straight-we don’t particularly like your nominee,and we will not be taken for granted.Romney should be begging Palin to address the convention!

redware on August 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM