Trump’s birther crusade is definitely an important campaign issue

Donald Trump couldn’t make the argument at all cogently when he had the chance in Monday’s debate, so let’s be nice to the poor man and do it for him.

Let’s assume — purely for the sake of argument — that the Trump campaign is correct when it clearly is not. Let’s say that in some small way, the nonsense involving Barack Obama’s place of birth did indeed have its origins in the depths of the Clinton campaign against Barack Obama in 2008, and that even the firing of a Clinton volunteer who might have briefly spread the notion was not enough to absolve the campaign of responsibility for that ugliness.

Clearly, the Trump campaign would have us believe that the Clinton ’08 campaign did a bad thing, something blameworthy, something of which it should be ashamed, something for which it should be held accountable in the court of public opinion some eight years later. Again, for the sake of argument, let’s assume the Trump folks are right about that too.

scales-justiceSo, accepting the truth as the Trump campaign would have us believe it, let’s weigh these relative sins on the scales of justice:

Hillary Clinton did not claim to send investigators to Hawaii to ferret out the truth, promising that those detectives had already found amazing things. She didn’t spread repeated rumors on national TV about Obama’s true place of birth, or demand to see his college transcripts, or claim that Obama’s grandmother had witnessed his birth in Kenya. She didn’t claim that “there’s something on that birth certificate he doesn’t like.” She didn’t do any of that, and neither did anyone in her campaign.

Trump did all that and more.

Trump now claims credit for somehow forcing Obama to release his official birth certificate in 2011, thus putting an end to the controversy. But in 2012, Trump went on CNN to suggest that the birth certificate was a forgery.  He also tweeted regularly in 2012 in support of various birther conspiracy theories. For example:

“Why does Barack Obama’s ring have an Arabic inscription? Who is this guy?” (Note: Obama’s wedding ring has no such inscription).

“What a coincidence–Michelle Obama called Kenya @BarackObama‘s “homeland” in 2008!”

Here’s Trump in October 2012, more than a year after he had allegedly “settled” the birther question and moved on:

In 2013, after Obama’s re-election and more than two years after the birth certificate release, Trump was still at it.

tweet3And on and on it went, well into 2015 at least. To this day, according to the polls, some 70 percent of Republican voters are still unwilling to acknowledge that Obama is fully qualified under the Constitution to be our president. Trump bears a substantial degree of responsibility for that.

So again, let’s give Trump the benefit of every non-existent doubt and accept the set of “facts” that he puts forward: If the Clinton campaign from back in ’08 deserves some degree of blame for the rise of birtherism — and again, it does not — then the degree of blame that must fall on Trump for his systematic, sustained public crusade in support of this pernicious “controversy” must be enormous, correct?

And no, don’t give me this lame excuse about “this isn’t important, let’s move on to important things.” For five years or more, as long as he could milk attention and celebrity from it, Trump thought it was very, very important. Look at the billing for the video above: “From the desk of Donald J. Trump: A major announcement”. It was so important that Trump was allegedly willing to give away $5 million — remarkable given what we’ve learned since about his attitude toward charity — in order to again “put the matter to rest”.

Trump built the early stages of his presidential run on the foundation of birtherism.  He took apparent joy in encouraging his fellow Americans to believe that our first black president was an illegitimate president, someone with no legal claim on the office, someone perhaps planted here by Muslim agents out to undermine the nation from within. He was willing and even eager to truck in the most nonsensical conspiracy theories, even if it meant undermining the fundamental credibility of our government and impugning a truly historic event for black America, for all of America.

So yes, that is absolutely a factor that ought to be weighed heavily when considering his qualifications for high office.

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Big Daddy Clyde
Big Daddy Clyde

Yeah. This is a "real" big issue. Lol. Riots in the streets, failing economy, Obamacare fixing to bankrupt us all, immigrant invasion... and we are going after Trump for an issue Hillary started? My my. Meanwhile, Hillary doesn't get asked about Benghazi, her aides taking fifth and getting immunity deals about her emails, pay for play allegations via Clinton Foundation, specific questions about her health situation, or direct questions about if Obama knew about her private email. My my.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

I find it interesting that Trump blames Clinton for Iraq war. Seems we have come to a consensus that the war in Iraq was a horrible idea. No one wants to take credit for it. Its like hot potato.


But the reality is the Iraq war started under a Republican president, republican leadership, and policy. Since Republicans elected an outsider, they get absolved for it.  I say nope. Going to war in Iraq, still and has always been a bad idea.

rimsky
rimsky

Worth repeating


TRUMP CONCEDED DEFEAT WHEN HE THREATENED TO HIT HILLARY HARDER IN THE NEXT DEBATE.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Trump has successfully turned GOP principles around 180 degrees sheetz...

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@LordHelpUs


That raises an interesting question. Is there anything this current Republican nominee has in common policy wise with the previous Republican president? Seems like they are two completely different groups.

JamVet
JamVet

Because people like Lee have accomplished next to nothing in their lives, they have to find someone to look down on.

In his case, he feels that blacks are inferior and that makes him feel like less of a loser.

Nobody buys that garbage but him...

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

He starts out at what can be in politics outrageous then tempers back to win approval.

~~~JReb

LOL, that's hillarious. Trump creates his own controversies then proceeds to wallow in them for days. When he tires, he comes up for air, whereby his surrogates, whose main job is to explain Trump, go on their blame tour. JReb lay off the hard stuff, that in no way, shape or form is leadership. ROTFLMAO

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

538.com has Clinton's lead over Trump (probability to win) back up to double digits in all scenarios.

JamVet
JamVet

Has Drumpf quit yet?

Lee30519
Lee30519

@JamVet JellyVet....easy there buddy, it is just your flashbacks.  Go back to bed.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

In my opinion, Donald Trump is superficial and unstable. We do not need those traits to represent what America is to this world.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Lee zip code I read your black leadership comment. You are a stone cold racist. Terrible and spineless POS.

Lee30519
Lee30519

@StraightNoChaser HA!  You still can't answer my question.  That shows that either I am right or your are dumb.  Either way I WIN!

JamVet
JamVet

@StraightNoChaser

Racism is learned. It is likely his parents "taught" him that blacks are his enemy...

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

How many dumb racist? How successful have you been or are you in life? Still living in your moms basement pretending to be successful? News flash being and Internet racist trolling for Trump is not a measure of success by any standards. Find something to do because this is not what you want I will rip your sorry racist a$$ up one side of this board and down the other side. Remember that the next time before you post a racist comment about my people. Like it or not, Obama has been a successful President and he has the approval numbers to show it, AND he did it despite POS's like you rooting for his failure.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Lee Zip code let me ask you something, when a black person reads that comment, that would be me, what affect do you think that will have on them? How many damn degrees does your Lilly white a$$ have? How many companies do you own? How many pay checks have you signed? You ignorant POS?

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

I can't stop laughing at this display of intelligence . He doesn't even know who the president is lolol

Lee30519 9 minutes ago

@JohnnyReb How many countries have black leadership and are successful? ZERO!

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

My oh my the liberal war-mongers and Russia haters are just in a froth of glee today over their latest smoking gun.

honested
honested

@Donnie_Pinko 

Not really.

This isn't news to anyone who has been paying attention (or isn't paid to lie for russia).

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko See what I mean


It OUR fault. WE are the war mongers. 


All because there is evidence that Russia and Putin did something wrong. Do they get any blame for this atrocity ?


NO


Its OUR fault. OUR lies. WE are the problem


Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Hedley_Lammar @Donnie_Pinko 

Its OUR fault. OUR lies. WE are the problem

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Exactly. 

It is clear who backed the coup that overthrew the elected government in Kiev, giving rise to the unrest that followed.

honested
honested

@Donnie_Pinko @Hedley_Lammar 

In any case, I hope the barbarian overreach committed by the barbarians in russia cause them much misery now and for a long time.......until they have the courage to rise up and overthrow the barbarians.

JamVet
JamVet

Looks like the blog's Georgia Saltines are having fun this morning!

Those two have some yuuuuuuuge racial demons!

Lee30519
Lee30519

@JamVet Are the Saltines the new name for the Cobb County Braves?  AWESOME!