Donald Trump: "I would have made a very big difference for" Romney

Trump says the Romney campaign was "afraid" to use an ad he cut because "it was too tough"

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 3, 2013 4:21PM (EDT)

If only Mitt Romney had run a "You're Fired" ad starring Donald Trump, things might have turned out a little differently for him in the 2012 election. At least, that's what Donald Trump says.

“Everybody thought it was great, but they were afraid to use it,” he told the National Review's Betsy Woodruff. “They thought it was too tough.”

From the National Review:

Trump also says he thinks the Romney campaign thought he was too controversial to be an asset in the general election. The star of The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprenticestumped for Romney in a handful of primary states and also made robocalls for him. But Romney’s campaign didn’t call Trump back once Romney won the nomination (a victory for which Trump takes partial credit). Not getting asked to make a repeat performance “was fine with me, because I do have lots of other things to do,” he adds, but he thinks he might have pushed Florida over to Romney in the general.

“I’m not unhappy about it,” Trump said, “but I think I would have made a very big difference for him, as I did in the primaries.”

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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