Just what the hell were they thinking!
On Sunday’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on ABC, Donald Trump, the billionaire bloviator of birtherism refused to answer when asked if he believes that President Obama was born in the United States, and on Meet The Press Dr. Ben Carson said that the U.S. should not elect a Muslim president.
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
The question circulating the media for months “is Donald Trump hurting the GOP?” After observing the past few days the answer has to be an undeniable yes, and throw Ben Carson in the same pot. It’s not that their recent comments are transferring to the rest of the party (that is unknown), but their statements are sucking the air away from Hillary’s continued email scandal and the important issues being discussed by other candidates.
Whether or not Trump should have corrected the questioner who last week said that the President was a Muslim is not the issue here (actually the questioner’s statement which indicated all U.S. Muslims were bad people, was much worse than what he said about Obama). Without apologizing Trump has been trying to show support of the American Muslim community since then, “I love the Muslim people.”
Back in July Donald Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he’s still not convinced President Obama was born in America, but he’s not interested in rehashing the issue.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” the 2016 Republican presidential candidate told CNN when asked on Thursday. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t release his records.” Trump insisted he doesn’t want that debate to define his candidacy, though.
On Sunday he had the opportunity to put his history of birtherism to rest but didn’t:
Stephanopoulos: Let’s get into this controversy that’s come up over the last two days. I saw your tweets yesterday, where you say you didn’t have a moral responsibility when that questioner got up and said those things about President Obama.
But this is getting a lot of attention in part because you’ve raised questions like this in the past.
So for the record, was President Obama born in the United States?
Trump: Well, you know, I don’t get into it, George. I talk about jobs. I’m talking about the military. I don’t get into it. I mean, he asked that question and I just want to talk about the things because frankly it’s of no longer interest to me. We’re beyond that. And it’s just something I don’t talk about. I want to talk about the military. I want to talk about the vets and how badly they’re treated. I want to talk about jobs. I don’t get into that, George.
Stephanopoulos: But the way to get beyond it is to answer yes or no.
Do you believe — ?
Trump: Well, that’s possible. But I don’t get into it. And I just don’t talk about it.
Stephanopoulos: So — and even though you’ve raised questions and you’ve investigated it in the past, you’re still —
Trump: Well, you know, people thought I should have defended. Some people thought I should have defended the president in terms of the question that was asked the other night. And my attitude is, would he have done that for me? If somebody said that about me. And you know, he’s been — he — he’s very capable of defending himself, believe me.
Putting aside the fact that the birther claims which were started by the 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign are nonsense, if Trump really doesn’t want his campaign to be defined by the birther issue, he should have just answered yes, Obama was born in the U.S.. When the controversy was first raised Andrew Breitbart said over and over it’s a losing issue. Face it even if it could be proven true (and it won’t be as I explain at the bottom of this post), with only 414 days before the 2016 election, there is no way for Obama to be booted from office and the issue to make it through all of the courts before there is a new POTUS anyway.
Now at least for the next few news cycles, this losing issue will be the top story and the first question Trump and every other Republican gets asked. But Trump will have some company—Ben Carson
On Sunday’s Meet The Press Carson said the United States should not elect a Muslim president.”I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” He also said that Islam, as a religion, is incompatible with the Constitution.
Again its a matter of being able to understand the situation. If Carson said radical Muslim or Islamist he wouldn’t be up for criticism. But even if you are a Carson supporter and believe his ridiculous answer true, why in the world would he say that? Are there any Muslims radical or not running for president in 2016? So all his comment did was to make him join Donald Trump at the head of the next few news cycles and not in a good way.
So now instead of talking about the fact that the Democrats pushed through a crappy Iran deal, or how almost every day there is a new revelation about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, or even their policies and the policies of their GOP opponents, the mainstream media has an excuse to focus on foolish, irrelevant statements made by two of the leading Republican candidates.
A note about the birther nonsense:
The problem with the birther nonsense is that the birthers can never explain how Barack Obama’s birth announcements that ran in local Hawaiian newspapers soon after he was born. For those to be fake, Obama’s mom would have to have seen into the future, known he was going to run for president, and planted those announcements in 1961.
The only other explanation for Obama to have been born outside the country despite the birth announcement is that someone some time before he ran, someone at the DNC performed one of those Star Trek maneuvers, when they fly toward the sun to pick up speed, circle the sun and come back in the past, like they did in Star Trek IV with the Klingon Bird-of-Prey.
Since neither Obama’s mother being a seer or the Klingon Bird-of-Prey are rational explanations I will to reject the birther movement until someone comes up with convincing evidence of time travel. I would even accept it if Trump can build a working Klingon Ship (as long as I get a ride and the cloaking device works).