Who cares if Jeb Bush has finally announced he's running for president? The Republican party's sideshow has finally started with bloviator Donald Trump's declaration, "I will be the greatest jobs President that God ever created."
The real estate developer-reality show star and his hairpiece jumped into the fray at an event at Trump Tower today. Let the Associated Press set the scene:
“All of my life, I have heard, a truly successful person, a really successful person, and even a modestly successful person, cannot run for public office, just can’t happen,” Trump said. “Yet that’s the kind of mindset you need to make this country great again.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.”
Trump made the announcement at the midtown Manhattan tower that bears his name, giving a rambling speech that wandered from foreign policy to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul to Trump’s achievements in business. In his well-known bombastic style, he mixed boasts about his wealth with promises to defeat effortlessly the Islamic State group and negotiate trade deals with China.
“Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Trump said. “But if I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.”
The Daily News compiled some of his stump speech lines, like "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will make Mexico pay for that wall" and "I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich."
He brought out his entire family for the event:
These are the Republicans running so far: Bush, Trump, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Perry. The Republican debates will certainly be something else:
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 16, 2015
BTW, Trump is really rich. Richer than that guy who was so good at firing people:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2015
Update: Here's the transcript, which is great for nuggets like this, "Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time."