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Dump Trump movement building momentum

May 4, 2011

Back in early April, I was looking forward to this year's Indy 500 and surrounding festivities.

Then it was announced that Donald Trump was to be the honorary pace car driver and my enthusiasm got hit with a bucket of cold reality.

Writing on this blog on April 6, I noted that the choice of pace car drivers hasn't always been inspired (Elaine Irwin Mellencamp?), but that a better choice for the 100th anniversary race would have been, well, just about anybody. And, since then, Trump's words and actions have made him an even less appealing candidate for this Hoosier honor.

Well, apparently I wasn't alone. And even more people by the day seem to be taking note of how bad of a choice he was.

A Facebook movement (with more than 7,000 "likes" as I write this) has spawned media interest locally and nationally. Polls are popping up all over. And I suspect the pressure is making for some difficult and awkward meetings on 16th Street.

I'm not convinced that anything is going to change. It's difficult to imagine someone approaching Trump to withdraw the offer. It's also difficult to imagine someone with an ego the size of Manhattan and a love of publicity that puts "Chicago" character Roxie Hart to shame voluntarily bowing to the "Dump Trump" groundswell.

The controversy is, of course, pulling more attention to this year's 500. But is it the kind of attention we want? And is anyone surprised?

Your thoughts?

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