*UPDATE* Trump Gets Statesman-ly By Calling Arianna Huffington Ugly On Twitter. Sarasota GOP Stands By His Statesmanship.
Well, the sun came up yesterday, which means one thing: Donald Trump humiliated himself by rambling on and on (and on) about fictitious birth certificates, Hawaiian twins, and a Kenyan Manchurian Candidate.
The bumbling billionaire was near Tampa, Florida last night, where — yet again — he spouted off some of his perpetual “birther” propaganda in front of a crowd of people who all should have been thinking one thing: “is this guy seriously still talking about this?”
The Donald was presented last night with the Sarasota County Republican Party’s “Statesman Of The Year” award, which he used as platform to weigh in on a joke presidential candidate Mitt Romney made last week about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate — which has now led to the unfortunate resurrection of the “Birther” debate.
Further reading on Trump:
“He did make a joke, and some people thought it might not be a joke,” Trump told the group [The Birther controversy] happens to be an issue that a lot of people believe in.”
By “a lot of people,” Trump means a handful of crack-pot conspiracy theorists — which has apparently elected a whispy-haired reality TV “star” as its leader.
While the overwhelming majority of Republicans have dismissed the “Birther” BS as exactly that, Trump wages on.
A couple of months ago, Trump took his tin-foil-hat-worthy theory to CNN, where host Wolf Blitzer even had a laugh at the world’s richest conspiracy theorist.
During a live broadcast of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer in May, Blitzer brought up the fact that the president’s long-form birth certificate had been released and shows he was born in Hawaii. Trump, however, isn’t buyin’ it, and claims “a lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate.” Of course, he declined to provide the names of any experts who agree that the document is a fraud — and that’s because there are none.
After Trump rambled on about how the location of a person’s birth is an opinion, Blitzer presented him with newspaper announcements of the president’s 1961 birth in Hawaii. Trump butted in, asking Blitzer “can you stop defending Obama with all these pesky facts and physical evidence?”
“Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you,” Blitzer replied.
“You are, Wolf,” Trump responded. “Let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous.”
Trump then (poorly) attempted to argue that people living overseas frequently place birth announcements in newspapers in places where they don’t actually live, claiming that “many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefits of being so-called born in this country. Many people did it.”
As for any evidence of this trend of putting bogus birth announcements in U.S. newspapers, Trump has none — again, because there isn’t any.
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