it would be the height of understatement to say that billionaire Donald trump is a colorful character. It would be more accurate and specific to describe “the Donald”, as he is called, is an egotistical loudmouth “P.T. Barnum”-style showman, who has refined the use of arrogance to high artistic level.
Over a year ago he grabbed the spotlight by declaring that he was considering a run for president of the USA. He began making public appearances and political speeches at fundraisers, and definitively led the media to believe that it was a foregone conclusion that at the end of this period of “consideration”, no one would be surprised with his decision, which he coyly led the world to believe would be that he would, indeed, be a presidential contender.
When the dust of this “period of consideration” had cleared, “the Donald” announced that would not be running for president, after all…at least not right now. The reason is clear: he was never really serious about considering a real run for the White House. Instead, he was doing what he does best and totally loves doing: sucking the oxygen out of the room. or put another way, he was dancing in the limelight while the media and almost everyone else was focused on him and his antics. “The Donald’ just totally loves this sort of media suck.
However, while he was playing “thinking about it”, he did make a huge issue of president Barack Obama’s place of birth. Since at the time Obama was secretly authorizing the demise of Osama Bin Laden, he simply released his long-form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. When the certificate was publicized, “the Donald”, having no idea that Obama had bigger fish to fry (which he did ultimately fry), seized upon that action to publicly pat himself on the back as if he had just saved a billion people from starvation and disease. After that, the subject of Obama’s birthplace faded into the background.
Now, a year later, “the Donald” has resurrected the issue, claiming repeatedly that “his people” have been to Hawaii and have uncovered “unbelievable evidence” that that birth certificate is a forgery. even though the state of Hawaii has repeatedly certified it. He never explained what that “unbelievable evidence was.
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN yesterday (May 29, 2012), Blitzer made that point to Trump. Trump’s response was that the governor of Hawaii was a democrat and therefore an Obama supporter, making the implication that the governor falsified the documentation. Later in the interview, which you can read and/or listen to HERE, Blitzer made the point that the governor of Hawaii is actually a republican.
It seems that “the Donald” needs to steal the spotlight once a year, but because outside of the cut-throat business world he does not seem to be particularly bright, he needs to invent an issue, hone it to its maximum media and public appeal, and then stand as tall as he can and repeat it over and over and over until the less gifted of the masses begin to believe it….not on its merits, but on its repetition.
When Sarah Palin was running as McCain’s running mate for vice-president in 2008, she made numerous statements that had no basis in reality, such as that as governor of Alaska, she was well versed in foreign affairs and foreign policy because Alaska was bordered to the east by Canada (a more polite and far more socially advance nation than the USA), and to the west by Russia. In fact, as an added knowledge bonus, she made the point that from a certain Aleutian island of Alaska, she could actually SEE Russia! She never explained how having Canada on one border and being able to see Russia from a remote island made her a foreign policy expert.
When Michele Bachmann was running for president in 2011, she made so many statements linking her view of America to the bible, that they are too numerous to list here. She also repeatedly claimed that if she was elected president, gasoline price would go down to $2.00 a gallon. She made that claim repeatedly, even though she never explained how that would happen. And she never explained the logic behind her biblical connection with the USA.
And finally, Christine O’Donnell made a ton of unsubstantiated claims when she ran for the US senate in Maryland in 2010. She never explained how someone who had dabbled in witchcraft was still qualified to be a senator, and in fact, never explained the logic of anything she said or any claim she made. She just made the claims….over and over and over.
Palin, Bachmann and O’Donnell all lost their elections. Thus, it’s fair to say they are losers. They tried to sell snake oil to the public, and that makes them untrustworthy.
Just like “the Donald”.