Trump Promotes Presidential Bid With a Roast

Monday, 14 Mar 2011 09:12 AM

By James Hirsen

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Donald Trump has been showing some serious interest in running for president. In a rather unorthodox move for a presidential contender, though, Trump recently agreed to be roasted by some Comedy Central comedic pros and celebrity guests.

The “roast-master of ceremonies” for the event was “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. Roast regulars on the network included comics Jeffrey Ross and Lisa Lampanelli. Celebrities Larry King, Snoop Dogg, Marlee Matlin and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino were also on hand to ding The Donald.

MacFarlane dubbed Trump “the second worst tragedy ever to hit New York City.”

Lampanelli wisecracked, “You've put up more worthless hotels than an autistic kid playing Monopoly.”

King decided to add a controversial zinger aimed at his former CNN colleague. “That's all the time we have,” King announced. “Let's go to Anderson Cooper and see what she's got coming.”

“The Situation,” who recently announced that he was leaving MTV’s reality smash “Jersey Shore,” was booed by the audience as he attempted to wax comedic.

Snoop Dog gave Trump a thump with a hard-hitting punch line. “Donald says he wants to run for president and move on to the White House,” Snoop said. “Why not? It wouldn’t be the first time he pushed a black family out of their home.”

The timing of the Trump roast provides fuel for those who speculate that he’s going through the motions of a run for prez just to get some publicity for his TV show.

Trump may deny the publicity rumor, but he always seems to find a way to work into the conversation that his show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” airs Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.

Maybe someday, if Trump does follow through with his run for prez, we‘ll get to hear him deliver his trademark line to Obama: “You’re fired!”

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and has made several appearances there on landmark decisions. Hirsen is the co-founder and chief legal counsel for Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood:

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