Donald Trump: The GOP is going to need the “perfect candidate” in 2016 — and I might have someone in mind

posted at 1:21 pm on August 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Oh, good grief. This is a blip from last week, but heck — I suppose if Joe Biden really is mounting a presidential run for 2016, why not this guy? Amirite?

VAN SUSTEREN: I know 2016 seems like a long time away, with everyone in Iowa last weekend, including yourself… What is it going to take for the Republicans to win back the White House in 2016?

TRUMP: It’s going to take the perfect candidate — tough, smart, compassionate. If you don’t have the perfect candidate, Hillary will be president. I assume she’s going to get the nomination, it looks like that way, assuming good health and lots of other things. It would certainly seem Hillary’s going to get the nomination and she will be tougher to beat. Actually, she’ll be tougher to beat than president Obama in my opinion. So they need the perfect candidate.

VAN SUSTEREN: Two questions. Let me ask you the first one. What would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? The second one is, who could beat her?

TRUMP: Well, a lot of things, we’re dealing with years away, and it’s very hard to say who could beat her. It could be a person that hasn’t emerged. It could be something we’re talking about. It could be a lot of different people maybe. But I think she’s going to be tough. … I do think I can make fabulous deals for the country. I think I could make the country great again. I think I could make the country rich again. … The fact is our country is in serious economic trouble and you would ideally think that somebody coming out of business who has done very well in business who understands debt, who understands payrolls, who understands problems, you would think somebody like that would be good.

And etcetera. I was jesting above, of course, because this really is less serious than even Joe Biden’s looming potential candidacy (…oof). It’s just Donald Trump doing what Donald Trump does best — gunning after the publicity that he is very likely to freely receive and issuing grandiose proclamations about he could do everything bigger and better than any layman GOP candidate.

The media attention is already swirling, no doubt fueled along by the current off-year, slow-news summerfest, but I think it’s safe to say we don’t need to live in anticipation of a real-deal Donald Trump presidential bid. I am a little worried about a repeat of what David Weigel calls the Trump trauma of 2011 — ’cause “trauma” is probably a pretty good word for that erstwhile circus act.


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The Emperor considers this treason and will have you executed.

John the Libertarian on August 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Stuff it Trump.

You’re trumped up by your own arrogance.

Logus on August 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Let me guess: The next winner of “The Apprentice”?

portlandon on August 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

He’ll be primaried by his hairpiece.

Nethicus on August 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

What would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like?

Cankles?

pain train on August 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I don’t think Donald Trump will get much traction this time around. Ted Cruz just released his birth certificate, so what’s left for Trump to do to grab attention to himself?

Burke on August 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

:)

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

World, you go ahead and laugh at the USA.

She’s collectively gone bonkers.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

The most politically famous candidate will win. Never underestimate the stupidity of the electorate.
Trump is probably famous enough to be elected, but he’s not politically famous. He’s more like Simon Cowell or something to the electorate.

It’ll either be Michelle or Hillary in 2016. The GOP doesn’t have anyone near famous enough to beat either of them.

happytobehere on August 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Trump/Hillary

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Donald Trump: The GOP is going to need the “perfect candidate” in 2016 — and I might have someone in mind

Oh good lord! Are these people going to rideshare to the debates in a clown car?

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Poser.

Always has been.

Always will be.

Blaise on August 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Michelle

Hahahahahahahaha!

Othniel on August 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I know that a lot will object, but I kind of like Trump himself. Ok, at least I like the way he stares down political correctness. Take for example his statements on climate change:

“Gore wants us to clean up our factories and plants in order to protect us from global warming, when China and other countries couldn’t care less. It would make us totally non-competitive in the manufacturing world, and China, Japan and India are laughing at America’s stupidity.” -Donald Trump

“Obama’s speech on climate change was scary. It will lower our standard of living and raise costs of fuel & food for everyone.”

“Surprise? 1970’s global cooling alarmists were pushing same no-growth liberal agenda as today’s global warming.”

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Also, I had the feeling that despite being rich that he appeals strongly to the working class, and in fact he says that that is a strong base of support for him. That’s huge. No more lily fingered Romneys.

anotherJoe on August 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

He makes gadflies and maggots indignant.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

In English slang ‘trump’ is another word for the breaking of wind .

I know it’s silly but I can’t get past that whenever I see his name in the Press.

EnglishRogue on August 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The most politically famous candidate will win. Never underestimate the stupidity of the electorate.

happytobehere on August 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Not so fast! The Apprentice would be a perfect format for selecting the GOP nominee. Screw those morons in Iowa and NH, anybody that wants to be President goes on reality TV.

Over the course of the season, the contestants are tasked with various assignments like balancing the budget or resolving conflict in the middle east. And the least successful contestant gets voted off by phone vote! It work at least as well as the debacle that ended up with Mitt Romney as the last candidate standing.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

How I wished this clown would just shut his fat face or at least open it on behalf of Democrats.

Valkyriepundit on August 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

This is all probably true. Trump needs people to know he’s in politics though. Remember, we’re dealing with people that are astonishingly ignorant.

happytobehere on August 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Trump keeps Trump’s name in the news…

Murphy9 on August 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

i have voted republican for the last 40 years. however if it were Trump versus Hillary i would vote for Hillary.

the man may be rich but he is a jerk.

gerrym51 on August 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

In the 08 Dem primary, Trump was Hillary largest political contributor and supporter

He will again.

Redford on August 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

If anyone could challenge Obama for the world’s biggest ego, it would be Trump.

cajunpatriot on August 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

If Greta would quit putting him on …….

meci on August 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

You guys are mean. Trump is hilarious.

happytobehere on August 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

If Greta would quit putting him on …….

meci on August 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

One day she’ll re-Greta it.

Sorry, had to… It just came to me.

;)

Logus on August 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

How I wished this clown would just shut his fat face or at least open it on behalf of Democrats.

Valkyriepundit on August 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

It’s funny how every single possible candidate seems to get this treatment by commenters on the web, whether it be Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Trump, whoever. It’s just hard to call the Wharton graduate a total clown when he has been so successful in life, making billions of $, and everyone seems to kowtow to him like all the R candidates did last time..

One thing, if Trump joined the race, it would certainly be a more interesting and entertaining race for us all. We wouldn’t be stuck with just the boring fuddy duddys like Christie and Paul and all the others.

anotherJoe on August 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Over saturation of Trump. A blowhard who’s not black, or lying Muslim sympathizing Socialist, but probably just as destructive.

RdLake on August 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Hair on fire.

Bmore on August 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Gary Busey 2016!

Ward Cleaver on August 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Assuming the continuing dumbing down of the American electorate, 2016 could very well be Trump vs. Biden.

‘Debates’ could be held in an UFC cage. The gloves would come off quickly, if they even started with gloves. The Neilsen ratings would be HUGE!

Marcola on August 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

What would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like?

Just check out the State Department during the time of Benghazi, and there’s your clue.

TarheelBen on August 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

You guys are mean. Trump is hilarious.

i wish he was a democrat

gerrym51 on August 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Assuming the continuing dumbing down of the American electorate, 2016 could very well be Trump vs. Biden.
‘Debates’ could be held in an UFC cage. The gloves would come off quickly, if they even started with gloves. The Neilsen ratings would be HUGE!
Marcola on August 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Is it a hairpiece or is it his own hair that’s done up and around his head? Like a comboveraroundunder? If he let it down would it be to the middle of his back or lower?

The American people deserve to know. They should let Blago out to commentate on Plugs vs the Squirrel.

happytobehere on August 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

How I wished this clown would just shut his fat face or at least open it on behalf of Democrats.

Valkyriepundit on August 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

You talking about Trump or Chris Christie? Because the comment could be true of either.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Erika – you have just cemented your position next to allahpundit and Jazz for counter-productivity…….

williamg on August 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

All the reality show class of Honey Boo Boo and enough business acumen to have run a casino into bankruptcy.

M240H on August 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

It’s just hard to call the Wharton graduate a total clown when he has been so successful in life, making billions of $, and everyone seems to kowtow to him like all the R candidates did last time..

One thing, if Trump joined the race, it would certainly be a more interesting and entertaining race for us all. We wouldn’t be stuck with just the boring fuddy duddys like Christie and Paul and all the others.

anotherJoe on August 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

1. You should read up on Trumps cronyism and abuse of eminent domain. The boss emeritus always writes about this when Trump rears his ugly cranium.

2. I dont think the presidency is about entertainment.

Valkyriepundit on August 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

He’s a brand seeking to maintain name recognition.

Akzed on August 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

2. I dont think the presidency is about entertainment.
Valkyriepundit on August 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Then what is it about? You don’t actually take it seriously any more, right?

happytobehere on August 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Hey, Trump: YOU’RE FIRED!

We don’t want your “advice”. It’s nothing more than self-promotion.

VibrioCocci on August 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

He’s a brand seeking to maintain name recognition.

Akzed on August 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

He’s a name seeking brand recognition.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

If Greta would quit putting him on …….
meci on August 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

No, he’s putting us on.

Akzed on August 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

VAN SUSTEREN: Two questions. Let me ask you the first one. What would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? The second one is, who could beat her?

(What Trump was thinking): Me.

Seriously, though, Hillary is probably more beatable than the media would like us to believe. By 2016, anything Hillary did while Bill was in the White House is old news, and there will be lots of young 18-29 year-old voters who don’t remember the 1990′s very well. By 2016, she will have not held elective office for four years, and her previous four years were a disaster as Secretary of State.

After the Benghazi disaster, and if Egypt and Syria continue to explode, Republican candidates and the House investigating committees can publicly ask Hillary: If you were such a wonderful Secretary of State, why didn’t you prevent this?

If somehow the Middle East calms down between now and 2016, John Kerry will probably get the credit, and he might choose to run again, since he is younger than Hillary. If it doesn’t, Kerry might just say that he “inherited” the mess from Obama and Hillary, and who would trust Hillary to fix it?

If Hillary tries to dodge foreign policy, then let’s ask what she did for domestic policy. Oh yeah, she tried to impose socialized medicine. Either Republicans take the Senate in 2014 and repeal it, or else Democrats own the train wreck, and Republicans can say that Hillary will only make it worse, as she tried to do in 1993.

In 2016, Hillary will be 69 years old, with 8 years in the Senate, a negative record as First Lady, and a negative record as Secretary of State. Now, what will she run on? Being married to Bill?

Steve Z on August 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Then what is it about? You don’t actually take it seriously any more, right?

happytobehere on August 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Because the presidency has devolved into a kind of executive-legislative hybrid I actually take more seriously than before.

Valkyriepundit on August 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

YUUUUUUUUUUUGE…

JohnGalt23 on August 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

It’s just hard to call the Wharton graduate a total clown when he has been so successful in life, making billions of $, and everyone seems to kowtow to him like all the R candidates did last time..

anotherJoe on August 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

You’re right, of course, anotherjoe. He’s not stupid. He’s a shrewd, pandering, populist demagogue.

Burke on August 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

You’re right, of course, anotherjoe. He’s not stupid. He’s a shrewd, pandering, populist demagogue.

Burke on August 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

With a few billion stashed around, and a demonstrated willingness to spend some of it.

That’s kind of important…

JohnGalt23 on August 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Hillary was supposed to be a shoo-in in 2008, too, remember?

And she got beat by a neophyte candidate with no qualifications at all. And mainly because she assumed she was going to win.

After the 1968 Chicago debacle, the left wing of the Democratic Party demanded reforms in the delegate process to avoid the appearance of bosses like Daley subverting “the will of the people” (which is the only time Democrats ever cared about the people’s opinions, usually they try to dictate them). McGovern was put in charge of a commission that redesigned the system to concentrate on primaries and caucuses.

Then, by some miracle, guess what underdog won the next nomination? McGovern, because he knew the rules and made sure to have delegate operations in all states, including the Southern and Western states Democrats weren’t competitive in anymore on a national level. So he built up big numbers in what we now call “red states” while the others concentrated on the big primary prizes, which were all to be divvied up proportionately anyway.

Obama did the same thing. Textbook McGovern, if Hillary had won only 40% of the delegates from the “red” caucus states, she wins the nomination. But she didn’t even compete in most of them, since she would have ignored them in the general election. Not to mention she let Obama steal Texas away from her. “Smartest woman in the world”? If so, y’all are one dumb sex.

Hillary is anything but inevitable, despite the conventional wisdom. And thank God for that!

Adjoran on August 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Why would the gop need the perfect candidate? This administration is screwing everything up, from the economy, to trust, to the image the world has of the USA etc. The corruption and thug tactics against the people and the law and the Constitution are rampant and obvious….and we need the perfect storm to have the dems frog marched out of power?? If the majority of people still question this, then we’re doomed.

Mimzey on August 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I do think I can make fabulous deals for the country. – Donald Trump

.
Well, do those fabulous deals also include maintaining your “Apprentice” franchise while you seek the nomination ’cause… NO!

ExpressoBold on August 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

If the Democrats have the nerve to let Obamacare and their taxes hit 2016 will be a very interesting race. It doesn’t look like they intend to let any of that happen till they get their 20 million new Mexican voters, though. Perhaps we don’t even need to beat Obamacare we just need to stop amnesty and the Dems won’t have the stones to go through with it.

DFCtomm on August 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

We don’t need cute or polished.

Have any of you read this poor man’s books?

I think Donald has about the right level of intelligence to be a solid manager.

I don’t believe he is looking at POTUS for himself since he lacks government executive experience.

If he were, he could be excellent, at least for the economy.

IlikedAUH2O on August 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

We don’t need cute or polished.

Have any of you read this poor man’s books?

I think Donald has about the right level of intelligence to be a solid manager.

I don’t believe he is looking at POTUS for himself since he lacks government executive experience.

If he were, he could be excellent, at least for the economy.

IlikedAUH2O on August 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

He’d be a great Secretary of the EPA, and crush it to 1/10 of what it is today.

slickwillie2001 on August 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Gov. Walker from Wisconsin!! Pretty level headed guy. I very interested in him.

karlinsync on August 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Personally I think Trump would make a much better President than Obama, Hil, Biden, McCain, Christie. Problem is, I am not sure whose side he is on.

Intrinsically I believe he is a traditional democrat, but also a businessman. He is a born salesman, which is why he gets fast positives when people listen. I would trust Trump over all the above to buy a car. If I had to choose a squad in battle, to escape enemy gunfire, I would choose Trump over all of the above. But I do not have the luxury to trust him

IMHO Trump is right about the scanned birth certificate being bogus, but he was wrong to take the bait, because they could have a paper one in the wings. It is too easy to counterfeit these days, and Obama has the State of Hawaii facilitating his game. More importantly, the GOP already caved, so Trump was predictably juiced. IMHO Obama does not have clean credentials, but the he is protected by race, the MSM will attack faster than you can say ‘Dr Laura’, and the GOP Club wants the issue gone.

Trump is like the kid in ‘The Emperor has no Clothes’. He was right but outnumbered.

Too bad, because he is better than most of the robots in politics. Both parties have worked to castrate the public, and tie them in so many knots they no longer fight back. Trump can see from across the ocean the ship is in trouble. When you are on the ship, you just want to get your cheese

entagor on August 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

He’d be a great Secretary of the EPA, and crush it to 1/10 of what it is today.

slickwillie2001 on August 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

LOL.

Two people here laughed so hard and loud at the joke that the third, a nervous type, jumped!

IlikedAUH2O on August 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I keep hoping for the Donald Trump headline: “Donald Trump says … Oh, who cares!

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

quit putting this tool on TV, and quit reporting on him!

burserker on August 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Through with the Trump, Palin, etc. teasing clown acts.

bluegill on August 20, 2013 at 2:51 AM