Nick McLaughlin, a decorated Iraq War veteran and Missouri native, has announced the creation of a “grassroots, all-volunteer organization” that will encourage billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump to seek the Republican nomination for president.
“Under Barak [sic] Obama, America has become a laughingstock around the world,” McLaughlin said in a press release. “America needs a strong leader like Donald Trump to restore America’s economic strength and respect around the world.”
“I have never met Mr. Trump,” he continued, “But I am certain he is the man America needs.”
Veteran New York political operative Lynn Krogh has been named national political director of the new effort. Krogh, who served as a deputy press secretary under former New York Gov. George Pataki, will be responsible “for setting up Draft Trump Committees in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, Florida and other early caucus and primary states.”
“I’m honored to join the Draft Trump 2012 Committee,” Krogh told The Daily Caller in an email. “This purely grassroots movement grew out of the excitement generated following Mr.Trump’s speech at CPAC. His straight forward, non nonsense response to the problems facing all Americans is a breath of fresh air in today’s national conversation. As a successful businessman, Donald Trump knows what’s necessary to put America back on the right track and competitive in the world, once again. I look forward to working on this grassroots effort to Draft Donald Trump for President.”
Trump has been hinting at a presidential race for months now. He addressed CPAC last week and, according to media reports, was well received by the audience.
A new poll shows that Trump, should he decide to run, will have to overcome high disapproval ratings from Republicans and independents. Trump has said they he will not decide whether or not to run until June.
This article has been updated.