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Sunday, October 23, 2016

In news that’s sure to thrill New York governor Andrew Cuomo, political satirists, and no one else, Donald Trump says he is considering a run for governor of New York in 2014.

Trump made his latest grasp for political relevance during an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Friday.

“Are you running for governor? I understand you are meeting with people or have met with people about running for governor of New York?” Van Susteren asked the perennial fake candidate.

“A group of people, a great group, a big group of people, over 50 just came in to my office and I was very honored by it,” Trump replied. “As you know, the state of New York is doing very, very poorly. Tremendous unemployment. Tremendous. And the highest taxes in the United States. So, they are talking to me. And I have given them certain ideas and certain parameters. And we will see what happens. But certainly it’s something I’m considering and I will make a decision pretty much by the end of the month or early February.”

He later added that “If there is unity in the Republican Party, I would do it,” echoing his previous assertion that he won’t run if he has to face a Republican primary. When pressed, he pegged his odds of joining the race at “50/50.”

Of course, Trump — who also expressed interest in running for governor in 2006, and for president in every election since 2000 (he has even spent $1 million “researching” a 2016 presidential bid) — is extremely unlikely to actually mount a gubernatorial run. To this point, he’s been unwilling to expose his various business interests to the spotlight that would accompany a serious campaign, and there’s no reason to believe that this year will be any different.

But in the extremely unlikely scenario that Trump does decide to run for governor, voters would be even less likely to send him to Albany than they would be to send him to the White House. New York is an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and its voters overwhelmingly support Governor Cuomo (who held a 62 percent approval rating in the most recent poll of his job performance). The notion that New Yorkers would swap Cuomo for a racist, sexist, birther with ties to organized crime (and who last made headlines across the state for being sued over his real estate “university”) is laughable.

Even Republicans seem to want little to do with Trump; New York State GOP Chairman Ed Cox responded to the rumors of a Trump campaign by essentially telling him to put up or shut up.

“If Donald Trump is serious about running for governor, he should declare his candidacy, run and go through the process,” Cox told the New York Daily News.

Based on the muted reaction to his speech at CPAC 2013, conservative activists have evidently moved on from their shortlived infatuation with the reality TV star as well.

Perhaps there is a small chance that Trump bucks his trend of fake campaigns, and volunteers to get steamrolled by Cuomo. The incumbent Democrat would certainly appreciate the free publicity in advance of a potential 2016 presidential campaign. But until he actually runs for something, Donald Trump is basically just Sarah Palin with a worse haircut.

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  • Bill Thompson

    Why can’t he make an ass of himself in some other state, maybe a red State that actually wants to listen to his nonsense. I am so tired of listening to and seeing the mug of orangutan man it is impossible to put in words. Just more theater practice for his acting career.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Box him up. Ship him to Florida. And forget to drill air holes in the box. Then he can fight against an entrenched Republican Bureaucracy that would laugh him into Biscayne Bay.

      • Dominick Vila

        Whoa! Not Florida. We have enough problems with Rick Scott, the founder and former CEO of the infamous Columbia HCA, and a Republican controlled legislature. Don’t need more idiots or crooks down here!

  • daniel bostdorf

    The perpetual absurdity of Trump’s forays into politics has become nauseating.

    It is family Intervention time….I am being very serious…this man’ classic personality disorder disqualifies him for any political office, in my opinion. It is bad enough the business world has to deal with him at all…

    Deadly sins of narcissism::

    1. Shamelessness: Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways.

    2. Magical thinking: Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to dump shame onto others.

    3. Arrogance: A narcissist who is feeling deflated may reinflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else.

    4. Envy: A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person’s ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.

    5. Entitlement: Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Failure to comply is considered an attack on their superiority, and the perpetrator is considered an “awkward” or “difficult” person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage.

    6. Exploitation: Can take many forms but always involves the exploitation of others without regard for their feelings or interests. Often the other is in a subservient position where resistance would be difficult or even impossible.

    7. Bad boundaries: Narcissists do not recognize that they have boundaries and that others are separate and are not extensions of themselves. Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all.

    If it walks like a narcissist and sounds like a narcissist — well–Trump is a narcissist in my opinion.

    • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

      Must be contagious, so many Republican Elected Officials – seem to have the same symptoms.

  • old_blu

    You’ll never have to worry about Donald T. Rump running for any political office he would have to disclose his financial statements of where and how is comes across his money and he won’t do that. Him and Ted Nugent are just a couple of loud mouths that will never run, but both will talk like they have some sort of chance of winning.

  • FT66

    Of all the people Donald Trump running for Gov. of New York! This man never stop dreaming. It seems he dreams day and night. If that is not the case, he loves to be on News all the time.

    • sealbeams

      Yes. Anything for attention. He is so into himself he doesn’t realize his dream is every ones nightmare. What a tiny world is mind lives in.

  • Jambi

    “NOISE-MAKER” of the Wrong Radical Right (from the very “Bowels” of
    the Right…where Demons lurk)

  • JDavidS

    Jesus H. Christ. Another picture of Forrest Trump with his mouth open. We should offer a reward if anyone can produce one of this asshole with his mouth shut…

    • mikem42

      I don’t like Donald Trump, and it seems many don’t; however, I don’t understand your use of the Son of God in your post. And the guttural word later also seems to be kind of junior high like. You are free to do and say what you want, but I think it reflects more on you than Trump.

      • jointerjohn

        Relax will ya. He said Jesus “H.” Christ, that’s not the same guy. I think the Galilean Jesus’ middle initial was P. Jesus H. Christ is a little stubby guy from Chillicothe Ohio.

  • Dominick Vila

    Don’t pay attention to this idiot. The only thing he is interested in is staying on the limelight, even when most rational people consider him a pompous, arrogant, and greedy buffoon.

    • FT66

      Agreed. The man is really pompous.I will never forget that time when he told us he sent his people to Hawaii to investigate the President’s birth certificate. He assured all of us that we won’t believe what they have found out. I wonder, are they still on assignment yet as he never come back and tell us their findings.

      • Dominick Vila

        I suspect “his people” found the same thing the President submitted, a short and a long version of his birth certificate. Any idea how many former Presidents had to provide such evidence of citizenship? Answer: none. Only our first African American President had to do so. Any bets on GOP luminaries asking Cruz for proof of citizenship?

  • jamcrky

    Its always about Donald and nothing more…..he will never run, he just wants the attention like a 2 year old seeks attention

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      And like a 2 year old seeking attention, his diaper and toupee both need changing.

  • howa4x

    He is a national joke. birtherism is not an issue in a gubernatorial race. If he wants to get out there and say cut taxes for the wealthy he would be the biggest advertisement for income inequality.

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    Lordy lordy do we NY Democrats want Donald Trump to run for governor. Of course he won’t as this article cogently recognizes. He would indeed face a GOP primary probably from Westchester County Executive Astorino and probably would lose it if he entered it which he said he wouldn’t anyhow. But if somehow the GOP would suicidally nominate this unbelievable self-deluded blowhard I gotta tell you, we Democrats would sweet the state, would recapture the State Senate and give the Republicans a kick in the political testicles like they’ve never gotten. As for me if I were so fortunate as to meet candidate Trump on the stump I would be able to fulfill one of my heartfelt desires…I would spit on him.

    • cjakobsson

      I see Donald Trump as a buffoon, but I think it is wrong to tell the world you want to spit on him. There is no room for hate in the heart of a civilized person.
      While I vote more often for Democrats than I do for Republicans, I hope the Republicans will start making room for sane people in their party and start nominating people that sane people could vote for in good conscience. A healthy two-party system is good for democracy, and to have that, you have to have two parties mentally healthy.

      • Elliot J. Stamler

        While I take your points I must honestly reply that I do not agree at all with your view that there is no place for hate in the heart of a civilized person. We perhaps have a very different philosophical/religious difference on this point. I think hatred of evil is morally right and indeed morally compelled. There are of course degrees of evil so one might argue: is Donald Trump so evil that he deserves being spat upon? This is of course arguable-I argue yes. We in NYC have been putting up with him for 30 years-far more than the national population since he jumped into national politics and controversies. I am unable to think of virtually any redeeming personal values this vile person has-and I write this remembering things he’s said here in NYC over the years about local people and issues that you probably do not know.

  • Canistercook

    May be N.Y. would be better off if he had run and won!

    • WriterGuy10

      Maybe in some bizarro world, but not in the real world that most of us live in.

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    So, I assume this means his show has been renewed? Or is going to be starring in a new show?

  • dpaano

    I’m not sure why Trump THINKS he could help New York….he’s run several businesses into the ground and filed bankruptcy more times than I can count! I don’t think, if I lived in New York, that I would trust him with MY money! AND, he’s not even a good actor in his own reality series….Trump….YOU’RE FIRED!

  • WriterGuy10

    I think instead of simply eliminating the primary, I think we should eliminate the election in its entirety. If Donald Trump is selfless enough to agree to be New York State’s governor, we should be grateful enough to agree to his installation by acclimation.

    I mean, fair is fair.

  • 788eddie

    I would simply love for Donald Trump to run for President (not Gevernor), in 2016.

    He was sooooo entertaining last time. And we can see how he helped clarify for voters just where the Republican party stands on so many issues.

    Run, Donald, Run!

  • Marsha Matthews

    Poor Clown Trump. He’s been out of the news lately and is soooo desperate for attention!

  • daniel bostdorf

    I really wish this article was never written….and I apologize for giving it any credence with my post 2 days ago…

    “The perpetual absurdity of Trump’s forays into politics has become nauseating.”

    As you conclude: “Trump is basically just Sarah Palin with a worse haircut.”

    That was all that was needed….no one should have taken Trump seriously….including journalists…