Donald Trump visited On The Record to reveal the details of his latest attention-getting stunt that he teased on Fox & Friends a few days ago. It turns out to be more birtherism. Trump is offering $5 million to the charity of President Obama’s choice if he releases his college records and passport applications. Host Greta Van Susteren made it clear she thinks the birther thing is baloney but she pulled a whole lot of punches on debunking it.
The good news is that even Fox may be getting tired of Trump’s histrionics. Otherwise, he’d have been the top guest on Hannity instead of in the middle of the pack on On The Record. He didn’t appear until halfway through the show. Trump had released his big surprise announcement earlier in the day but there was no discussion of it on The O’Reilly Factor and very little on Hannity.
Still, that didn’t stop Trump from making sure we all knew that he wowed the world – at least in his own mind. He described the response as “unbelievable… incredible.” Well, maybe not in the way he thought. “You have no idea. I get millions and millions of hits on just ‘please stay with this.’ I walk down the street. People love me over it!” he said.
Van Susteren could have and should have noted that two fact check organizations, PolitiFact and FactCheck.org have exhaustively investigated President Obama’s birth certificate and have declared it genuine. Unlike Trump, FactCheck examined the original birth certificate. Not only did they declare President Obama was Born in the U.S.A. but Donald, You’re Fired! For incompetence. PolitiFact arrived at more or less the same conclusions.
Furthermore, Trump boasted in April, 2011 that he was conducting some big investigation of his own in Hawaii into Obama’s birth certificate. At the time, he bragged that his people “cannot believe what they’re talking” and “cannot believe what they’re finding.” Interesting choice of words, eh?
But instead of bringing any of those inconvenient details up to him, Van Susteren argued that the $5 million was “chump change” and suggested he should offer more dough. Then, surely knowing the answer, she asked, “What are you looking for that you think is worth $5M to charity?”
The Very Important Trump insisted, “This is a very important issue. And he was “very surprised” that Van Susteren disagreed. “You don’t know anything,” he said. Actually, according to FactCheck, it’s Trump who's the ignoramus. But again, Van Susteren mostly let him slide.
She did bring up that there was a newspaper announcement of Obama’s birth in Hawaii when he was born but Trump waved that off. “It’s a well-known fact that many people in order to get certain benefits of the United States would put out those reports… when people aren’t even in the country,” he told her.
Except that Obama’s mother was American so he would have been a U.S. citizen regardless. Or did Trump think Obama's family was plotting even then to get him fraudulently elected?
Just two months ago, Trump told Van Susteren that birtherism was “not my big issue.” But that was another point that Van Susteren could have raised but didn’t.
“Of course, as others have pointed out, this is all bluster on the Donaldâs part. If heâd paid his âinvestigatorsâ $5 million to find something, Iâm sure they wouldâve found something.”
Oh, they found out something, alright.
They found out just how easy it is to get $5 million from Donald Trump . . .