As I predicted, Trump has dropped out of the race. To paraphrase myself: it's just a question of time when Trump drops out.
Trump released a statement shortly after 12 p.m.
"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country," said Trump, showing once again his flair for animating his own facts.
Indeed, after riding the "birtherism" issue to great effect, Trump collapsed spectacularly in national surveys - and in critical early-state New Hampshire - after President Obama got Hawaii officials to release his long-form birth certificate.
"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector," Trump said.
"I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country."
He added, "I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness." In other words, don't expect to see the last of him, he warned: "I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate."
Despite his high-profile dance with a presidential bid, Trump registered little support among the 1,000 registered voters surveyed nationwide for the latest POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll. Seventy-one percent said there was not "any chance" Trump would win the election, and only 26 percent said they believed the developer and reality television star planned to run.
Trump is a sack of shit. Even when he concedes his statement is totally arrogant and full of BS. What kind of Mommar Gaddafi craziness is this statement: "I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election." You're dropping out even though you could have won? Dude, imagine any one else doing that in any other venue. You show up to a wrestling match, drop out and say, I'm leaving but I would have won. You show up to a chess match, drop out say, I'm leaving but I would have won. In all venues, that is the behavior of a moron.