The Donald sure likes the microphone.
Mulling a 2012 presidential run, Donald Trump has gone on a media tour that would make Charlie Sheen jealous, with a growing list of targets that now includes LaGuardia Airport and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The nonstop exposure already has some voters rolling their eyes.
“He needs medical attention for his craving of attention,” said Hugh Francis, 60, of Crown Heights.
Sarah Starbuck, 34, said Trump is more about headlines than politics.
“I think it’s a publicity stunt," she said. “It’s pretty ridiculous.”
Trump, 64, has said he will announce a potential candidacy for the GOP ticket by June. In the meantime, he’s taken jabs at President Barack Obama’s leadership and questioned whether he was born in the U.S.
At a Florida Tea Party rally Saturday, Trump also bemoaned American infrastructure, comparing LaGuardia Airport in Queens to a “Third World country.”
“It’s falling apart. It’s disgusting,” Trump said, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
On CNN on Sunday, Trump touted his business acumen as a selling point for 2012, slamming potential GOP frontrunner Romney in the process.
“I’m much bigger than [Romney] and have a much, much bigger net worth,” Trump boasted.
Political analyst Keli Goff said Trump’s off-the-cuff appearances might not sit well with Republican leaders who also find Sarah Palin an unsuitable candidate.
“They got rid of Palin, but they got something much worse,” said Goff, a blogger with TheLoop21.com.
But Lynn Krogh, executive director with the grassroots DraftTrump2012.com, said Trump remains a “straight shooter” and has a likeability factor that would make him a viable candidate.
“It’s great to have a candidate who speaks his or her mind and is filled with fire and is mad as hell,” Krogh said. “You do have to be careful, but you also can’t change who you are.”
(With Dina Davis)
Some recent Trumpisms:
On disclosing his finances if he runs: “[My company] much bigger and much more powerful and much stronger than anyone really knows.” (April 17, CNN’s “State of the Union”)
On helping Japan after earthquake: “For 30 years, they’ve been ripping us off and taking advantage of us. But I still think we should help. See, don’t I have a great heart?” (April 16, Florida Tea Party rally)
On the “real author” of President Barack Obama’s second book, “The Audacity of Hope”: “Obama made a big mistake when he wrote the second book. Because the second book was not Ernest Hemingway, it was about 37 classes below. … The second book was written by somebody that was much more average [than the first]."” (April 15, “Sean Hannity Show”)
On his race relations: “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.” (April 14, Talk 1300 AM)
On whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S.: “The reason I have a little doubt, just a little, is because he grew up and nobody knew him.” (March 17, ABC’s “Good Morning America”)
On Obama’s foreign policy: “Our weak president, that kisses everybody’s a--, is in more wars than I have ever seen. … This guy got the Nobel Peace Prize and every time I look … he’s going into another country.” (March 31, “O’Reilly Factor”)