In a big “WTF” move, mogul-turned-reality star Donald Trump has oddly chosen to not toss around talk about some future Presidential run but has also jumped on the loony Birther bandwagon. He has recently appeared on The View and Fox & Friends (“our nation’s two most important venues for political discussion” snarked Salon’s Alex Pareene ). After getting read by Whoopi Goldberg on the former, the anti-Obama team at the latter was typically sympathetic.
Trump, who has no previous reputation for his political savvy, offered the following to the Fox talk hosts via a phone call from his home:
“Now, this guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn’t. And I didn’t think this was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it’s turning out to be a very big deal because people now are calling me from all over saying, please don’t give up on this issue. If you weren’t born in this country, you can not be president.”
Where is this coming from? Trump has no political track record, yet he’s not only interested in the highest office in the land, but challenging the man who currently holds it? It seems like little else but a scheme to keep Trump in the public eye and to drive further interest in his reality show and other self-serving projects. As Pareene points out, unlike the Michele Bachmanns and Sean Hannitys who will be largely ignored by rigorously partisan Democrats, the typically “apolitical” Trump will be treated as an independent. Given Americans’ worship of the cult of celebrity, it’s possible that he may be able to sway folks who may have otherwise dismissed or ignored the foolish suggestion that our President was not born in the United States.
Seriously, shame on Trump and anyone else who is willing to buy into such an absurd and obviously fraudulent theory. Pardon my French, but if there was any legal way to prevent Barack Hussein Obama’s Black ass with his African daddy and Muslim name from being elected….do you really think the United States government would have let that slide? If that birth certificate didn’t exist, his campaign would have been dead in the water after two months! It wouldn’t have taken two years in office…trust me.
Donald Trump is an entertainer and he is now treading some dangerous territory in order to support his own brand. For all the sensible Americans for whom the Birther issue was dead in the water from day one, there’s a solid cadre of racist loons who are happy to have any possible reason to denounce the Obama presidency. Sadly, Trump’s fame will provide him access to repeat these flimsy theories via a number of national news outlets. Here’s to hoping that politics is little more than a passing fancy for ‘The Donald’ and that he’ll get back to entertaining instead of opining about things he obviously knows nothing about.