Donald Trump (pictured) is really making a mockery of himself and Mitt Romney‘s campaign by resurrecting this birth certificate nonsense again.
On Tuesday, Trump appeared on CNBC, where he brought up what has long been a dead issue to most Americans: President Barack Obama‘s birth certificate.
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“A lot of people are questioning his birth certificate,” Trump said. “They’re questioning the authenticity of his birth certificate.
“I’ve been known as being a very smart guy for a long time. I don’t consider myself birther or not birther but there are some major questions here and the press doesn’t want to cover it,” he said.
Well, Mr. Trump, the issue has been well-documented.
CNN reported that Birther conspiracy theorists’ claims have no merit. Hawaii’s Governor said that Obama was born in the state. The state’s former health director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, told the Associated Press in 2011 that she is certain President Obama was born in Hawaii.
“It is absolutely clear to me that he was born here in Hawaii,” Fukino told the AP. “It should not be an issue, and I think people need to focus on the other bad things going on in our country and in our state and figure out what we’re going to do about those things.”
Even Republicans are backing off of Trump’s baseless Birther foolishness. Republican Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado apologized for a comment that alluded to Obama’s birth by saying, “Since the issues surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate began during his campaign in 2008, I have rejected the notion that he is anything other than American.”
A simple Google search will reveal that Trump’s claim of the press not wanting to question the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate is a preposterous one at best. As annoying as Trump’s racially tinged rhetoric about the President’s place of birth may be, however, it can actually help re-elect Obama for a second term.
For one, CNN reports that even when the Birther drama was at its peak, more than 75 percent of Americans believed he was born on American soil. And the 1 in 4 Americans who think Obama was born elsewhere will never vote for him anyway.
Second, independent voters tend not to react well to extremism. No matter how much conservatives tried to push Jeremiah Wright down our throats in 2008, Obama still managed to tastefully address the issue and defeat John McCain in November of that year.
Third, Donald Trump is a straight up joke without a modicum of substantive insight to contribute to a serious political debate. When he pretended that he wanted to run for President a few years ago, he spent less time debating other GOP candidates and far more of it on the airwaves making haymaker remarks about China on which no sitting commander-in-chief would act.
Trump couldn’t even get Mitt Romney to come to a debate that he was suppose to moderate in December of 2011. He didn’t take Romney’s rejection too well either. “It would seem logical to me that if I substantially behind in the polls, especially in Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida, I would be participating in the debate,” Trump told the Huffington Post. “But, I can understand why Governor Romney decided not to do it.”
(Romney blamed scheduling conflicts for not participating in Trump’s debate.)
“The Donald” eventually dropped the debate completely.
So, Trump, (A), could not even do a half-decent job of running for President, (B), get top GOP presidential candidates to attend his debate that he eventually had to cancel, and (C), successfully pull off a smear campaign.
And Romney wants this man to help him win the White House?
He’d be better off using Herman “Uz-beki-beki-stan” Cain as a campaign mouth piece. At least Cain was able to sustain his campaign until one woman after another alleged that the former pizza man was putting his sausage on things other than pie crusts!
That Mitt Romney would choose to associate himself with Trump is almost as ill-conceived as John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin for VP. Surely, Trump will help Romney raise millions of bucks for his campaign, but his Birther antics will just as likely scare off independent voters who will have little patience for debates that have nothing to do with the economy.
And, come November, if Trump continues opening his mouth more than he does his wealthy friends’ checkbooks, the American people may very well tell Romney in “The Donald’s” favorite phrase: