COMMENTARY | I often go through my morning routine with my television tuned to "The View." This particular morning, Donald Trump was a guest and was discussing his possible bid for presidency. I almost choked on my coffee when I heard Trump questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace. Could it be? Is Trump a birther? For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term, a "birther" refers to a person that does not believe President Obama was born in the United States.
The birther movement has been going on for a few years now despite the overwhelming evidence that has been presented. Factcheck.org has confirmed his birth certificate is valid, newspaper clippings provide proof of his birth dating to 1961 and every lawsuit that has come before a court regarding this matter has been rejected. And still, the conspiracy theorists are going strong.
Trump is not the first Republican to openly discuss this issue. Mike Huckabee recently came under attack for accidentally claiming Obama grew up in Kenya. He later recounted his statement but has continued to cast doubt on the issue. The birther movement is fueled by these kinds of remarks and will continue to push the issue as long as they are supported. With the recent surge of tea party activists, it begs the question "Is Donald Trump really a b birther or just a brilliant strategist?
Let's face it, Trump's career is based on strategizing and brilliant business moves. Could it be he is approaching this bid for presidency with a marketing mentality? He knows Republicans swept the last election and he knows a great deal of his target audience (conservative voters) are questioning Obama's birthplace. What better way to appeal to your target audience than to encourage and support their cause?
Trump is a very astute business man and surely he knows the State Department does a rigorous background check and would not let a president take office if his credentials were questionable. He is also smart enough to acknowledge that many private outlets, such as the Associated Press, and others have independently confirmed the validity of his birth certificate. So, why in the world would he add fuel to the conspiracy fire? Is he really a birther? I have my own theories, but I will let you be the judge.
ABC: The View "Donald Trump Talks About Birthers" - The View"
The Associated Press: "State declares Obama birth certificate genuine" 31 Oct 2008.
Factcheck.org: " The truth about Obama's birth certificate"
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