Donald Trump is hinting that he may run for president… AGAIN. Even though I doubt he’ll declare his candidacy, I’d LOVE to see him do it. I think he has two realistic chances of winning: microscopically SLIM and absolutely NONE. And, even if he DOES use $600-MILLION of his own money, as he’s said he would, it would only strengthen my conviction that torrid love affairs between ego and arrogance breed stupidity.
Let’s all understand something at the start. Ego and arrogance, even when sometimes modestly displayed, are endemic to success, particularly in the business world. But, “The Donald” raises them to dizzying heights; NO ONE loves Donald Trump as much as Donald Trump loves Donald Trump!
For the record, Mr. Trump is a successful developer and TV personality. I’m the last person who would question it. His marketing and branding skills are legendary. Mention his name anywhere and people know who he is.
But, being the president of a large private enterprise is not the same as being the President of the United States. Mr. Trump is used to his minions symbolically snapping to attention at the sight of him. He has the power to fire any one of them on the spot.
But, neither the Congress of the United States, nor the U. S. Supreme Court snaps to attention for ANYONE! They don’t derive their authority from a president. So, “You’re fired!” won’t fly; they’re more likely to flip him the figurative “bird.” This fact, alone, would be insurmountably troubling to Mr. Trump.
About the only thing Donald Trump has in common with myriad astute politicians, especially those seeking the Presidency, is the ability to restate the obvious in ways that more people agree with him than don’t. Of course, there is no way he can deliver on those statements, but that’s immaterial. People simply respond positively to politicians who tell them what they want to hear.
However, weak-candidate credibility diminishes as public exposure to them increases. Over relatively short periods, we begin to see their increasing breakouts of political acne. Quoting a movie character by the name of Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.” begins taking its toll.
Alas, Donald Trump’s credibility has already begun circling the bottom of political commode. And, he’s yanked the flush handle ALL. BY. HIMSELF. by re-attacking the President’s claim of U. S. citizenship.
Barack Obama WAS born in the United States. Various autonomous fact-check organizations, including those in government (federal and state) have verified it. As well, a shoo-in Pulitzer awaits the first investigative reporter who can prove otherwise. But, Mr. Trump does not believe any of it. “Stupid IS as stupid DOES!”
Just Google the words (minus the quote marks), “Trump,” “Obama,” and “citizen” to read everything he’s said. But, the most telling of his claims came when he replied to a reporter’s notation that Mr. Obama’s birth certificate didn’t specify a religion. Trump replied; “Maybe it says he's a Muslim. I don't know.”
Below is a list of Trumps claims as debunked by FactCheck.org. They’ve been debunking such silliness from the beginning of Obama’s first run for the White House. Don’t take my word for it; check them by clicking on the link above.
- He claims the president’s grandmother says Obama was born in Kenya. In fact, the recording to which he refers shows Sarah Obama repeatedly saying through a translator: “He was born in America.”
- He claims that no hospital in Hawaii has a record of Obama’s birth. Hospital records are confidential under federal law, but Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Medical Center has published a letter from Obama calling it “the place of my birth,” thus publicly confirming it as his birthplace.
- He insists that the official “Certification of Live Birth” that Obama produced in 2008 is “not a birth certificate.” That’s wrong. The U.S. Department of State uses “birth certificate” as a generic term to include the official Hawaii document, which satisfies legal requirements for proving citizenship and obtaining a passport.
- He claims that there’s no signature or certification number on the document released by Obama. Wrong again. Photos of the document, which we posted in 2008, clearly show those details.
- He says newspaper announcements of Obama’s birth that appeared in Hawaii newspapers in 1961 “probably” were placed there fraudulently by his now-deceased American grandparents. Actually, a state health department official and a former managing editor of one of the newspapers said the information came straight from the state health department.
- He claims “nobody knew” Obama when he was growing up and “nobody ever comes forward” who knew him as a child. “If I ever decide to run, you may go back and interview people from my kindergarten,” Trump said. Well, two retired kindergarten teachers in a 2009 news story fondly recall teaching a young Barack Obama.
Personally, I think Trump’s PRIMARY interests in hinting at a run for President are increasing his brand awareness and the audience share of his reality TV show. But, the man can’t actually be serious about winning the Republican nomination. If he is, he’s already shown signs of irreversible intellectual anemia by pulling this nonsense.
In Trump’s own words, “Let me tell you, I'm a really smart guy. I was a really good student at the best school in the country.” REALLY? He was referring to the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania, which is consistently rated in the top five business schools in the world.
I know several officials at Wharton. They all agree that he was an above average student. However, the current consensus is that he’s light-years from demonstrating it.
Officially, he's yet to enter the race, and he's already applying tabloid rules to the business of conducting a serious campaign in winning the Oval Office—his pledge to use a boatload of his own money notwithstanding.
While a small horde of intellectually challenged “birthers” and a smattering assortment of closet racists, along with a wailing crowd of “Obama’s one of them Muslims” agree with “The Donald,” the rest of the 3-digit IQ electorate will simply relegate Mr. Trump to the land of political jokes, snickering in astonishment all the while.
Whether or not Mr. Obama succeeds in his 2012 reelection bid remains to be seen. But, if he does not, it will be because he failed to measure up to the immense expectations he projected in his first presidential bid, not because of any bogus claims of his being a Muslim AND/OR not being a U. S. citizen. But, if Mr. Trump keeps it up, HE might become Donald… um, what’s-his-name?
Joe Walther is a freelance writer and publisher of The True Facts. You may comment on his column by clicking here.