Serious? A joke? What’s your opinion of Donald Trump’s run for the president?
Whoopi Goldberg: It’s a free country and anyone — anyone — can run. If someone is not happy with the way things are going, anyone who has a vote can run and try their hand at doing a better job. That I can respect, even if I don’t agree with the vision of the person in question. I respect it because fundamentally they, like me, love America, and want it to be the best country it can be. But when the conversation is turned into a bullshit-fest filled with a rejection of facts, laced with cheap innuendo and a belief that being the thug/bully of the world is the country we want to be, it doesn’t seem to work. (I mean really, didn’t we already try that in Iraq and watch the world give us the finger?)
I want to see Trump in the grownup debates with the other candidates. Then I’ll have a real feeling about him running. To me, right this minute, he is just another facade: glitter and no substance.
Candice Bergen: Aaaaarrrgh!! It wasn’t humiliating enough when Bush/Cheney were in place? The guy is an unstable bulldozer! Give me a break. Is there no Republican candidate who is not a horror? Just Romney?! Oy.
Joan Ganz Cooney: I have no idea if he’s serious but if he is, then he somewhat demented. Once his business life gets exposed, which it is starting to be, his birther accusations against Obama will seem like a candle on a birthday cake.
Mary Wells Lawrence: Trump has had success selling his name to buildings — and even owns some. Maybe he thinks it would be just as easy to take on a Great Recession as Obama had to, or to manage Congress as productively as Lyndon Johnson did. Or maybe when he goes to bed he just laughs at how easy it is to get attention in America.