The nation applauds Donald Trump‘s tenacity.
Barack Obama has released his “long-form” certificate of live birth. Yes, he is an actual human being and, much like Tia Carrere, was born in Honolulu.
Donald Trump has already taken credit for the release of the birth certificate. Or re-release we should say, for Obama released his short-term birth certificate in 2008 when Hillary Clinton’s camp began asking for it.
As Clinton plunged in the polls and lost state after state, she and her staff grasped at straws. That’s how bad things got for Clinton: She actually tried to prove her opponent wasn’t American knowing full well he was.
It’s incredible that so many stubborn Republican movements begin with assertions made by Democrats. Barack Obama laid the foundation for the tea party during his “cling to guns and religion” speech and Hillary Clinton started the Birther movement during the 2008 democratic primaries.
Donald Trump, who recently completed his metamorphosis from real-estate billionaire to pro-life middle-American, today took political mudslinging to an interesting new level. According to Trump, “word is” Obama didn’t perform so well at Occidental. So how did he get from there to Columbia to Harvard?
Probably awesome essays, though Trump doesn’t believe Obama writes anything with his name on it. So it’s interesting he’d request that Obama release his Occidental grades. If they’re bad, then Trump says I told you so. If they’re good then, Trump says he probably cheated. Such is the rhetorical circular saw Trump prides himself on that Obama reflexively ignores.
If you click on the Real Clear Politics link, you’ll hear members of the press shouting “who cares?” when Trump brings up Obama’s grades. Trump replies, “I was a very good student, and education has always meant a lot to me.”
As Hendrik Hertzberg pointed out in this week’s New Yorker, the joke presidential candidate is a longstanding tradition in U.S. politics. But the hubris of Trump eclipses even that of Bush and his cabinet combined. Hopefully he has the grades to back it up.