Wednesday, September 07, 2016


This didn't come from Donald Trump personally, but Trump will probably get credit for it:
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence disavowed “birther” conspiracy theories about whether President Obama was born in the United States on Wednesday.

“I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, I accept his birthplace,” Pence told reporters aboard his campaign plane in San Diego....

The Indiana governor declined to answer whether he believed running mate Donald Trump, who before running for president championed birther accusations in 2011, should apologize.
In an astonishing coincidence, Ben Carson, a Trump surrogate, also addressed the issue of Trump's birtherism this week,
and he called for an apology:
... top Trump surrogate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson went that extra mile.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, the onetime 2016 Republican presidential hopeful said it would be smart for Trump to apologize for his birther comments.

"I think that would be a good idea, absolutely," he said. "I suggest that on all sides. Let's get all of the hate and rancor out of the way so that we can actually discuss the issues."
Trump, of course, will not disavow birtherism or apologize, as we saw when the subject came up on Bill O'Reilly's show last night:
BILL OREILLY (HOST): Do you think your birther position has hurt you among African Americans?

DONALD TRUMP: I don't know. I have no idea. I don't even talk about it anymore Bill because I don’t bother talking about it.

O’REILLY: Yea I know, but it’s there, it’s on the record.

TRUMP: I guess with maybe some, I don't know, I really don't know why, you're the first one who brought that up in a while. I don't think so.
I could be wrong, but I don't think Trump could bring himself to walk back birtherism, not even if Kellyanne and Ivanka and Jared got on their knees and begged him to. It's what made him as a political figure. And most of the voters in his base are birthers.

But Republicans get away with these surrogate head-fakes. Remember 2004, when Dick Cheney, father of a gay daughter, told the country a few days before the Republican convention that he supported same-sex marriage? That melted some moderates' hearts -- and then the guy at the top of the ticket, George W. Bush, went on to campaign on a call for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, while Bush's chief strategist worked to get anti-gay-marriage referendums on the ballot in eleven states, including Ohio, all of which passed, as a way to drive up Christian conservative turnout in the presidential election.

That worked -- and the birtherism double-message trick might work as well.


Ed Baptist said...

I always thought the birther stuff made Trump appear semiliterate.

Victor said...

My fondest wish, is that I die of a heart attack or anuerism very soon, since I can't take this election bullshit any longer...

AllieG said...

It worked for Cheney as he was known even to the lowest information voter as a major player (at least) in the Bush administration. Pence is an unknown nonentity and even Trump supporters know he treats subordinates like shit. It's one reason they like him.

Ten Bears said...

Semi-literate, barely-literate, willfully ignorant: an accurate reflection of the 'Meircian (Foke Yeah!®©™) people. Caveat Emptor.

main street liberal said...

By Pence stating that Obama was born in Hawaii, the media is assuming that he acknowledged Obama was born in the USA. But that is not the case. In August, 2009 Public Policy Polling found that a significant number of Americans (6%-20%, I believe) were not necessarily convinced that Hawaii is a part of the United States..

He may appear to be Midwestern gosh darn it, but Mike Pence is slicker than he seems.

maxk1947 said...

Trump is concealing the startling evidence turned up by his investigators in Hawaii until Obama leaves office, so as not to trigger a Constitutional crisis. He's funny that way.

Glennis said...

I don't even talk about it anymore Bill because I don’t bother talking about it.

How does his brain work?

Unknown said...

I feel for you but don't give up, the end is in sight.

KenRight said...

You say Cheney's lie melted some moderate hearts?
You mean to tell me there are gay rights advocates who will let lies such as Saddam helped Obama do 9-11-2001 slide if they are granted "freedoms?"
Say it ain't so!