Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that he is thoroughly running for president, charming almost the entirety of the Beltway media. Joining in on the fun was the Democratic National Committee, which welcomed Trump to the Republican field of 2016 candidates with the accompanying message:
“Today, Donald Trump became the second major Republican candidate to announce for president in two days. He adds some much-needed seriousness that has previously been lacking from the GOP field, and we look forward [to] hearing more about his ideas for the nation.”
Good job, Democratic National Committee national press secretary Holly Shulman. You shot, and you scored.
Oh, wow, the DNC statement on Trump ’16. pic.twitter.com/waIP72eiHa
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) June 16, 2015
“He has said a couple of times that he could easily put $100 million into the race and that he feels that would not impact him financially,” said Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Mr. Trump’s.
Mr. Ruddy, who is chief executive of Newsmax, the conservative magazine and website, said Mr. Trump would bring an unaccustomed level of glamour to the Republican field.
“He’s got that celebrity status,” Mr. Ruddy said. “Republicans sort of crave that, because we don’t have it, generally.”
Geraldo Rivera, the veteran broadcaster who was a finalist on the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice,” said Mr. Trump would quickly leave a mark on the race thanks to his ability as a showman.
“Right now, Jeb Bush is announcing,” Mr. Rivera said Monday afternoon. “Who would you rather watch, him or Trump?”
“The last thing we need right now,” Mr. Trump told ABC News in December, “is another Bush.”
Mr. Trump’s policy views can be just as provocative as his demeanor. He calls climate change “a hoax” and says he has a “foolproof” plan to defeat the Islamic State that he will not reveal so as not to tip off the group.
In a recent interview with The Des Moines Register, Mr. Trump described himself as “the most successful person ever to run” for president.
“Ross Perot isn’t successful like me,” he told the Iowa newspaper. “Romney — I have a Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.”