From The Grio — Donald Trump wears many hats. He is a real estate mogul and business magnate, author, celebrity and star of the famed reality show The Apprentice. He is known for having the worst haircut this side of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. And now, you can add “birther” to Trump’s resume.
Birthers, of course, are conspiracy theorists who are convinced that President Obama was not born in the U.S.,and constitutionally ineligible to be the nation’s legitimate president. So Trump, who is now seriously thinking about running for president, has decided that he too thinks President Obama is a foreigner, and apparently that this will help him harvest votes in the Republican presidential primaries. Recently on the TV show The View, hesaid of Obama, “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? […] I want him to show his birth certificate!” He added, “There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”
“Donald, I think that’s the biggest pile of dog mess I’ve heard in ages! It’s not because he’s black, is it?” asked Whoopi Goldberg. “It has nothing to do with him being black,” said Trump. “Because I’ve never heard a white president being asked to show his birth certificate. That’s B.S.,” Goldberg responded, and good for her.
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Mr. Trump, it is sad that you have decided to scrape the bottom of the barrel and cast your lot with the birthers. Other potential GOP presidential aspirants–including Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee — have expressed doubts about President Obama’s citizenship, to be sure.
They’ve even suggested the president is a “Kenyan” with a “anti-colonial worldview” — a wink and a nod to the racist, loony, “coo-coo-for-cocoa-puffs” wing of the Republican electorate that votes in the primary in large numbers and ultimately picks the nominee. But Mr. Trump, you are setting yourself from the rest of the pack and going for the gold. Evidently, you think peddling this conspiracy theory foolishness will take you all the way to the White House. Here’s some solid proof to refute your birther claims about President Obama:
First, you claim that “nobody knew” Obama as a child in Hawaii. But that’s plain wrong. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said he was friends with Obama’s parents in Hawaii and remembers when he was born. And Obama’s kindergarten teachers Aimee Yatsushiro and Katherine Nakamoto remember him as well.
“He was a cute, likable, heavy build-child,” Yatsushiro recalled. “I could visualize Barry smiling, dressed in his long-sleeved, white shirt tucked into his brown Bermuda shorts, and wearing laced shoes.” In 2008, Hawaii Business magazine published Obama’s kindergarten class picture from Noelani Elementary School, which included a young Obama, and in 2009 the Star-Bulletin printed an interview with Obama’s former classmate from that elementary school.