Should Trump Run? The Story Behind the Website

By Suzan Clarke

Nov 18, 2010 6:47am

This morning on “Good Morning America,” you saw billionaire businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump in a one-on-one interview with “GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Trump talked about a possible run for president and shared his feelings about the state of the nation’s economy. Anyone who’s interested in a Trump for president can learn more at www.shouldtrumprun.com

Michael Cohen, along with Stewart Rahr, Bradley Gerstman and David Schwartz , decided to launch the website to track the public’s interest in a possible Trump presidential bid after polls (not commissioned by Trump, Cohen stressed) seemed to favor the real estate mogul’s chances.

“My intention in creating the site is to develop a grassroots movement to use the Internet and our … contacts to spread the word that this country, now more than ever, needs someone like Donald Trump in the White House. We need a businessman who understands how the other guy thinks. No more career politicians; we’ve seen what they have done,” Cohen, who works as Trump’s special counsel, told ABC News on Wednesday.

Since its launch Friday, www.shouldtrumprun.com has had nearly 13,000 hits.

In one of two polls on the site, visitors were asked if Trump should run for president in 2012. Of the 664 votes cast by Wednesday evening, 544 were in favor of a run. On the second poll on the site, 480 of 618 voters on Wednesday said they would vote for Trump for president in 2012.

Cohen said the site was currently being tested in preparation for widespread promotion. “Our intent is to take it viral, (to) develop a grassroots organization across the country to get out there and to push for Trump not only to run but if in fact … he elects to run, to be his grassroots support,” he said.

“We need somebody right now to rein in spending, to create jobs and to bring America back to a sense of power and I can’t think of anyone else that fits that mold better than Donald Trump — and I don’t say it because I work for him. I say it because I know the type of individual he is,” Cohen noted.

 

- Suzan Clarke

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