Mailbag: Donald Trump's words of warning to Doyle McManus
Last week, I wrote what I called "a not very bold prediction: Donald Trump won't be the Republican presidential nominee next year."
That drew a tart response from Mr. Trump himself, who has a habit of sending reporters and columnists elegantly scrawled comments on their work.
"Doyle," he warned, "remember your words."
See for yourself:
Trump also took exception to my assertions that it isn't clear that he's a conservative and that he once backed Barack Obama.
In a 2009 television interview, Trump said Obama "has a chance to go down as a great president." Now, though, he writes that he "just voiced hope and support for a new president. Sadly, he has not worked out."
Trump did support John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign. But it's still not clear what kind of Republican he is. The Washington Post reported this week that a little more than half of Trump's $1.3 million in political contributions over the years went to Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Trump explained his giving this way to Fox News: "Everyone's Democratic… so what am I going to do -- contribute to Republicans? One thing: I'm not stupid."
You can see a spreadsheet of Trump's political contributions, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, here.
Photo: Donald Trump speaks at a "tea party" rally in Boca Raton, Fla. Credit: John W. Adkisson, Getty Images / April 16, 2011