Let the fake exploratory committee begin!
Except…it’s actually looking pretty real? Donald Trump is proving everyone, especially his arch nemesis BuzzFeed‘s McKay Coppins wrong (well, at least for today), by announcing the creation of a presidential exploratory committee.
“Today, Donald J. Trump, the globally renowned business mogul, announced he is forming an exploratory committee to determine whether he will run for the office of the President of the United States of America,” states a release from Trump media aide Hope Hicks.
To further irritate reporters who’ve doubted his seriousness about a run, the statement says he’s made key hires in key states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and New York.
These are aides who, of course, call him “Mr. Trump” to his face and when they’re just referring to him.
Corey Lewandowski, senior political adviser to “Mr. Trump,” touted his skills.
“Mr. Trump has the vision and leadership skills to bring our country back to greatness,” he said in the statement. “He has run an extremely successful corporation for many years. During that time, he has created thousands of jobs. Mr. Trump has a proven ability to present real solutions and get things done. He looks forward to meeting with Americans across the country and sharing those solutions to the serious problems we are facing.”
Naturally “Mr. Trump” had lots of things to exclaim!!!!
“I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of the entire world. Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians — who are all talk and no action! I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world — and very little debt! All Americans deserve the same opportunity. Our real unemployment rate is staggering while our manufacturing base is eroding on a daily basis. We must rebuild our infrastructure, control our borders, support local control of education, greatly strengthen our military, care for our veterans and put Americans back to work! We must stop other countries from totally taking advantage of our representatives who are being out-negotiated at every turn. I am the only one who can make America truly great again!”
If reporters want to see Trump and his infamous bird’s nest hairdo in the flesh, this Thursday he’ll be in New Hampshire meeting with veterans and business owners, says the release.
There will obviously be media availability for “Mr. Trump.”
“Mr. Trump will be available to the media when he attends a reception at the home of New Hampshire Representative Steve Stepanek located at 1 Colonel Wilkins Road, Amherst, NH between 5:30-7:00pm.”
The Mirror requested gut reactions from various journalists around town and beyond. Here’s what they had to say. (Will add in their responses as they roll in throughout the day.)
Benny Johnson, creative director, IJReview: “I think we should just get rid of the primary system entirely and just have Trump host ‘Presidential Apprentice.'”
Derek Hunter, radio host, WBAL, Daily Caller contributor, Townhall columnist: “I’m dictating this, so if Siri screws it up [or] anything seems out of place, that’s why. I’m driving. Donald Trump is a great concept wrapped in a clown car. He’s in unabashed capitalist, which we need more of in society, but the baggage he comes with, mostly created by him, outweighs the good he brings. The best thing he brings to the table is an unapologetic attitude over what he has said in the past and what [he] believes. No one can accuse him of selling out because no one can afford to buy him. But aside from the bombs he’s thrown and platitudes, I haven’t heard any serious policy discussions from him. It’s great to be a mile wide, but you got to be more than an inch deep. He has it in him, he’s smart enough, whether or not he’s willing to put the time and effort into it remains to be seen.”
Julie Mason, SiriusXM “Press Pass” host: “It’s endlessly sad to see an adult man so badly in need of attention. Could he really think he’s in a position to do anything positive in terms of national leadership? On the other hand, we get the candidates we deserve, so possibly he’s onto something.”
Matt Lewis, The Week, The Daily Caller media blogger: “The stakes for America are too large for anyone to use this presidential race to generate buzz or increase their celebrity — and that’s precisely what Donald Trump has a history of doing. Moreover, Republicans have endured too many primary contests where candidates with ulterior motives have undermined the process and diverted attention from legitimate candidates and issues to phony controversies (for example, Mr. Trump’s obsession with President Obama’s birth certificate). This is smart business for the person generating the buzz and publicity, but it’s collectively harmful to the conservative cause. If Mr. Trump wants to ensure a free market conservative is elected our next president, the best thing he could do to help would be to stay out of the limelight.”
Toby Harnden, D.C. bureau chief, The Sunday Times of London: “Ha ha ha ha ha ha. We’ve seen this joke before. The first Trump presidential campaign I covered was in 2000 and I vowed then: never again. A recent WSJ poll found that 74 percent of Republican primary voters couldn’t see themselves voting for Donald Trump. Presumably, the other 26 percent were either drunk or pulling the pollster’s leg.”