The Last Donald Trump Post Ever

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May 23 2011 9:19 AM

The Last Donald Trump Post Ever

Rick Klein, bless him, watched Fox and Friends and witnessed Donald Trump literally phone in more thoughts about a presidential run.

Trump refused to rule out a late entry into the Republican presidential field.

"Who knows if I did the right thing," he said. "I am not seeing a lot out of the Republican candidates." 

Asked if there's any chance he'll jump in later in the race, Trump replied, "I can't rule out anything ... [It's] vital that we choose the right person, and at this moment, I don't see that person."

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Look, I understand why Trump wants to keep this going. He stuck his head up for two months, did hundreds of political interviews, and then -- oops! -- started to get the scrutiny owed to a presidential candidate. Three months ago, no one cared about the people screwed over by products Trump had licensed his name to, like Trump University . Three months ago, he had a substantial African-American following . He chucked it all away. So he's going to use the free airtime Fox et al want to give him to keep getting attention for himself. Of course he is.

Let's not indulge him. Let's ignore him the way we'd ignore any fringe candidate who repeatedly lied about his candidacy. He said he was "going to file all the requisite papers" to reveal his finances, and he didn't. He said he had investigators on the ground in Hawaii , and they were collecting dynamite stuff about Barack Obama. What did they collect? He dropped that story as soon as the president released his long-form birth certificate. If, back in February, you'd said something like "Donald Trump's a fraud who can't tell the difference between the truth and a lie, and the media eats it up," congratulations: You were perceptive. If you can't say that in May, you're either delusional or -- I'm being generous -- you are hooked up to a life support machine that runs on unique visits to your web site.

And that's the last I'm going to write about Donald Trump in this space. I feel better already.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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