Sometimes the news gets so bizarre that it’s hard distinguish fact from fiction. Take, for example, the weird case of Donald Trump and his one-issue campaign for the presidency of the USA.
Trump is a unabashed megalomaniac who craves the spotlight and being the center of attention. He is incredibly rich, being worth an estimated US$2.7 billion. Obviously, money speaks and Trump is a master at using his money to buy the venues that give him the most tightly controlled public exposure, including television shows and outrageously extravagant (and public) lifestyle choices. Against this backdrop, Trump has announced that he is considering a run for the republican nomination for president of the USA.
Among the present field of GOP contenders, Trump has recently been the most vocal and intensely press-covered GOP candidate (or potential candidate). That’s not surprising, since Trump is all about being the center of attention, and using whatever venue he needs buy to “strut his stuff”, as it were. That’s what megalomaniacs do, don’cha know.
Thus, it is understandable what Trump motivations really were (and are) regarding any run for political office. Since announcing that he’s “interested” in a “possible run” for president, he’s done exactly what he needs to do to get into the limelight and stay there as long as he can. He found the perfect issue with which to accomplish that: the totally bogus, already-discredited, favorite conspiracy theory of the ultra-right lunatic fringe: the “birther” issue, i.e., president Obama really not a natural-born American citizen.
The US constitution requires that all candidates for US president be natural-born citizens, as opposed to naturalized citizens or foreigners. One thing (of many) that the “birthers” neglect to consider is all of the case law that has been developed over the past 220 + years. But then, they also ignore all Supreme Court case law which has interpreted and defined the US constitution over the same period of time.
These “shit-house” lawyers claim that president Obama was not born in Hawaii, but in Kenya or Indonesia. As a result, he can’t be a natural born American. That’s interesting, because based upon that criteria, John McCain, their GOP darling in the 2008 presidential election, would also have to be considered not a natural born American….because he was born in Panama!
But again, these lazy fringe lunatics don’t know enough and/or are too lazy and/or stupid to thoroughly research the issue. The law is clear: if either or both of your parents are Americans, then their child, though born overseas, is still a natural-born American citizen.
Trump, with his US$2.7 billion fortune, had to know this, since he probably has the best research team on the planet working for him. Yet, he STILL pushed the issue. And while he did, he stayed in the limelight.
Amusingly, when Trump first threw his “birther” shit-grenade out into the press to for them to throw themselves on, he said he was releasing his own birth certificate, claiming that he had nothing to hide. Then he released his “certificate of live birth” from New Jersey, which looked more like a fabrication than a real document. In the meantime, he claimed that Obama’s “certificate of live birth” from Hawaii was not an official birth certificate, even though it had already been thoroughly researched and vetted by factcheck.org, which is a project of the non-partisan Annenburg Public Policy Center back in 2008! It found that Obama was in fact born in Hawaii. The research is documented here.
Still, Trump and his army of uninformed, stupid, lazy, fantasy-worshiping, conspiracy-loving, Obama-hating lunatic-fringe crazies, including Sarah Palin and her part-time employer Fox News continued full-speed ahead, claiming that Obama was hiding something.
It seems that it never occurred to any of them that the FBI and the US Secret Service vet every presidential candidate, as well as others running for national public office and/or cabinet positions. But slowly, more and more republican political candidates smelled potential disaster with this issue, and began to distance themselves from it. Even Michelle Bachmann, a leading Tea-party-right-wing history revisionist, steered clear of the issue. That’s really saying something!
Finally, today president Obama released to the press his full-form, unredacted certificate of live birth, complete with registration numbers and all information visible. As he did, he stated that he hoped people would now concentrate on the real issues…like the economy, jobs, debt and deficit-reduction, etc…..you know…stuff that Trump never discussed because he was just too busy with the birther issue.
Significantly, after the release Trump issued a statement claiming that it was he who forced the president to finally release the certificate, which, incidentally was already previously released in 2008!
The ultra-right lunatic fringe has to be really upset with these developments. They lost one of their favorite conspiracy theories.
But then, they still have the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny..and everyone KNOWS that something sinful and/or unsavory is going on between those two. 🙂