Donald Trump makes an unexpected endorsement

Not that anyone cares or listens to Donald Trump, however, he endorsed a candidate the other day live on the air with Larry King. Couple this with a slow news day and my absence for the past 48 hours and BINGO! We’ve got a story.

The video:

From the Politico:

Donald Trump, the flamboyant New York magnate, said on CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Wednesday night that he is supporting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president.

Trump, never shy with his opinions, went on to say that McCain appears to be winning, and that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) should have chosen Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as his running mate.

“I know John McCain, and John McCain’s a great guy, a tremendous guy,” Trump told King. “I’ve known him for a long time. And I’m with him, and I’m with him based on the fact that I have great knowledge of John McCain. Also, this is not the right time for tax increases. And Obama wants to increase your taxes drastically.”

Well, maybe not your taxes. But certainly The Donald’s: Obama would repeal President Bush tax cuts for households making more than $250,000.

During the Democratic primaries, Trump donated to Hillary Clinton, according to records posted by the Center for Responsive Politics. Trump donated to McCain in May, according to the records.

“I don’t understand why Hillary wasn’t chosen [for vice president],” Trump said. “ She was really winning. I have a friend that came to this country and was here for the last four weeks of that whole election. He said: How did she lose? She won every primary? He didn’t understand it.

“The fact is, that Obama went limping across the finish line. He should have chosen Hillary, It would have been a much different race, I believe. Right now, it looks to me like McCain is probably winning.”

During the show, the two men had this exchange:

TRUMP: I’m endorsing McCain. I am basically very strongly — you have to understand: I’ve known him. I like him, I respect him.

KING: So you’re endorsing him?

TRUMP: I think he’s going to be a great president.

KING: So you’re endorsing him.

TRUMP: Sure, I’ll endorse him on your show.

KING: You just endorsed him.

TRUMP: I endorse him.

KING: Are you pessimistic or optimistic about this financial situation?

TRUMP: Well, I’m very pessimistic.

Somewhat of a surprise since I think Trump was supporting Hillary Clinton.

  • Seems Trump is one of them bitter Hillarites and is pissed she wasn’t picked for VP and therefor has flip-flopped over to the other side based on the polls.

    If Trump was truly sincere about endorsing McCain then he’d have done it months ago.

  • Dreadsen

    nzpudding

    Well once Trump heard that McCain didn’t know how many houses he had then he found that they both had something in common! lol!

  • Richard Curren

    Trump hates Bush and endorses McCain??? The reason he pouts, Obama will raise his taxes. He may have to shell out part of the billions he’s made in this country to help homeless children get healthcare, and a decent education. I feel so bad for him.

  • Babs

    If I had to guess, and based on TWO interviews I’ve heard from Donald Trump, his choice is largely based on the tax issue. He simply doesn’t believe Obama’s rhetoric on tax the top 5%, he believes he’ll tax everyone. And he believes he’ll tax corporations “to oblivion”. And those are the people that provide the jobs. He’s made his decision based on criteria that affects his world and his livlihood, and I think it’s a good decision.

    By the way, by Biden’s standards, Trump is one hell of a patriot. *LOL*

  • Stalin

    I don’t personally like Trump, but I do love the fact that he is an unabashed capitalist and does not feel guilty for being successful like so many liberals would have him be.

  • Babs

    I respect him for his failures as much as his successes, he’s been on the bottom than once and came back. And I respect him for the millions he HAS given to charity, unlike Biden. That’s why I say by Biden’s standards, he’s one hell of a patriot. Guessing they won’t feel that way about him though, unless he had endorsed Obama.

  • jazzy

    The greatest gap between rich and poor is existing since the robber-barren days. Look at the stats, read books and the evidence points to a declining soap operatic, backwards, illiterate culture as well. Ex post facto.

  • Robert

    I doubt that Trump has much pull with anyone not already voting Republican.

  • diandto

    I think that Trump did the right thing. Why the hell should anyone pay more taxes because he makes more money? That is ridiculous. The people with the big money own the companies that employ many of us…so they should be punished for this? They should be punished for doing well in the land of oportunity? Give me a break. Trump gives a lot of his money to charity…and that counts for even more. He is all right in my book.

  • Babs

    I don’t know Robert, Trump was an unabashed Hillary supporter, and in that camp he may hold quite a bit of sway. I notice that after Trump’s endorsement (maybe it was coincidental) came two more high profile Hillary supporters:

    “ARLINGTON, VA — The McCain-Palin presidential campaign today announced the endorsement of Miguel D. Lausell, Senior Political Advisor to Hillary Clinton, and Clinton Delegate-at-Large Luchy Secaira.

    “Although I supported Hillary during the primaries, I now support John McCain and Governor Palin because I am putting my country first,” said Secaira, former Hillary Clinton Florida Delegate-at-Large. “They have the experience and judgment to lead America through these difficult times, and I trust them to work with Democrats to do the right thing for our country.”

    Lausell, who advised Senator Clinton on a variety of issues including international trade, telecommunications and Latino affairs, added, “John McCain has a long record of reforming government and working across the aisle to achieve bipartisan results. His courageous leadership is exactly what we need in the White House, and I am convinced that John McCain is the right leader at the right time for our nation.”

    Both Lausell and Secaira supported Sen. Hillary Clinton during the primaries, but they will campaign for the McCain-Palin ticket.

    Lausell has served as President and CEO of the Puerto Rico Telephone Company; Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Telephone Authority; a member of the Governor of Puerto Rico’s Economic Strategic Council; President of the Export Policy Commission of Puerto Rico; and Undersecretary of the Department of the Treasury of Puerto Rico. He served on the National Finance Board of the Gore 2000 Committee and was a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Leadership 2000 Board.

    Secaira, who is of Dominican descent, traveled to eight states to coordinate grassroots efforts for Senator Clinton, has a doctorate of neuropsychology and was trained at New York University.”

    It seems that whenever one high profiler crosses the aisle, another or two immediately follow suit.