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 . . .
Of course, as others have pointed out, this is all bluster on the Donald’s part. If he’d paid his “investigators” $5 million to find something, I’m sure they would’ve found something.
Life of helping others has paid off
CLINTON PRAISE-WITH PLEASURE
GDP—rose from 6300 to 11,600
NATIONAL INCOME-5,000 to 8,000 Billion—took 20 years to grow 2500B before Clinton
JOBS CREATED—over 22 million—record by far
AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS—$360 to $478
AVERAGE WEEKLY HOURS WORKED—never hit 35.0—hit thatÂ mark 4 times in 80’s
UNEMPLOYMENT—from 7.2% down down down to 3.9%
WELFARE TO WORKâ11,533,710 on federal roll in 1996 and 3,880,321 in 2007.
MINIMUM WAGE—$4.25 to $5.15
MINORITIES—did exceedingly well
HOME OWNERSHIP—hit all time high
DEFICIT—290 Billion to whoopee a SURPLUS
DEBT——28%—-80% under Reagan- who da true conservative?
DOW JONES AVERAGE—3,500 to 11,800Â all it’s history to get to 3500 and Clinton zooms it
NASDAQ—700 to 5,000—-all of it’s history to get to 700 and Clinton zooms it
VALUES INDEXES— almost all bad went down—good went up in zoom zoom zoom
FOREIGN AFFAIRS—Peace on Earth good will toward each other—-Mark of a true Christian—what has Bush done to Peace on Earth?
POPULARITY—-highest poll ratingsÂ in history during peacetime inÂ AFRICA, ASIA AND EUROPE even 98.5% in Moscow—left office with highest gallup rating since it was started in 1920’s.
STAND UP FOR JUSTICE—evil conservatives spent $110,000,000 on hearings and investigations and caught—- ONE—- very evil man who took a few plane rides to events.
BOW YOUR HEADS—Thank you God for sending us a man of Bill Clinton’s character, intelligence, knowledge of governance, ability to face up to crises without whimpering and a great leader of the world.
THANK YOU GOD FOR THE GOOD TIMES THE CLINTON YEARS.
Think about it a bit, just a bit: a young woman from Kansas and a young man from Kenya met one day and realised that their son was going to need a birth certificate from Hawaii. They therefore planted all those false papers in the local records office, local hospital and local papers and went on to wipe all paper trails from everywhere else.
It boggles the mind to realise that anybody could believe that people would swallow that story. Oh wait …. oh dear, dear, dear me.
Jay Leno asked what’s Donald Trump got against you? The president says it’s an old grudge that goes back — way, way back — to their childhood days in Kenya.
“We had constant run-ins on the soccer fields,” Obama told “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno during a tongue-in-cheek knock on Trump Wednesday night. “He wasn’t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over.”