Donald Trump may not know much about politics, but he knows how to market himself and get attention. By raising the possibility that President Obama was not born in the U.S., Trump has stirred the conservative, Obama-hating base. So much so, in fact, that he has risen to a tie with Mike Huckabee for first place among likely 2012 Republican presidential primary voters.
In the WSJ interview video above, Trump addresses the birther issue yet again. Now I will concede that the circumstances surrounding Obama’s birth certificate are strange. The president cannot or will not produce his long-form birth certificate; and in an attempt to put the issue to rest, the newly-elected Democratic governor of Hawaii said he would find it and show it to reporters — and then basically said, “Never mind.”
Trump is probably correct that there is something on that birth certificate that they do not want us to see. Maybe it says Obama’s father was a Muslim. I think long-form birth certificates from that era state both parents’ religion. Mine does. Or maybe there is no birth certificate because he wasn’t born in the U.S.
And it is strange there don’t seem to be a lot of friends who recall Obama from his childhood, or remember him during his college days. Strange indeed. Maybe he was just something of a loner. But let’s say we confirm that Obama was actually born in Kenya, or that his atheist father was born a Muslim. Where does that leave us? Pretty much where we are now.
If it was established that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen because he was born abroad, what do we do then? Congress would have to draw up articles of impeachment based on the fact that Obama is constitutionally unfit to serve. Can you imagine what a circus that would be? Wouldn’t it be better for Republicans to put their energies into defeating the president in his bid for re-election?
The point is that it doesn’t really matter what’s on Obama’s birth certificate or where it was issued. And any attempt to make a big deal out of it is either publicity mongering (Trump) or an attempt on the part of nativists and racists to delegitimize Obama.
I know a better way to delegitimize Obama. Kick his ass in 2012.