Donald Trump hops fully aboard the birther train

Donald Trump at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge.

If Donald Trump’s run for President is actually, as some suggest, a continuation of his thirty-year metaparody of capitalistic excess, what to make of his recent winking support of the Birther movement? Tired of pretending to follow in Michael Bloomberg’s footsteps, is he now pretending to follow in Mike Huckabee‘s?

Whatever the reason, the Donald ramped up his recent dog-whistling concerns about President Obama’s birth today, releasing his own birth certificate to the conservative website Newsmax. In an interview with Fox News, Trump continued to play up his support for the fringe political movement — though like all mainstream conservatives expressing support for the Birthers, Trump was careful not to state that he believes Obama was born in a foreign country, only that, like an innocent child, he wasn’t sure what to believe.

"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."

"All of a sudden, a lot of facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not [the President] was born in this country."

As all stories about Birthers inevitably must, this is the part where we say whether or not the president was born in the United States: The president was born in the United States.

Still, we can’t help asking, "Why?" Let’s be real: Trump is not actually running for president; he’s just pretending, to get attention. But he could take a position on any issue and get that. We can only think of two reasons why he picked Birtherism: Either he’s on a secret campaign to go as extreme as possible in order to goose up ratings for "Celebrity Apprentice," or he sees a Huckabee-shaped hole for a Birther-friendly conservative opening up on Fox News’ schedule. (via Politico)


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