OK, this just needs to be seen to be believed…
There is so much wrong in this statement aside from the utter idiocy of Donald Trump’s hyperbolic promotion of it as “very big news” about President Obama that could significantly alter the race for the White House. First, there is nothing about this that can be considered news. It isn’t even original on Trump’s part. Earlier this year he proposed a deal to trade Mitt Romney’s tax returns for Obama’s college records (although Romney never agreed to it).
Trump, whose endorsement Mitt Romney is proud of, raises the issue of Obama’s birth certificate again, further enveloping himself and Romney in a surreal conspiracy theory regarding the President’s birthplace. In this reference Trump takes credit for getting the President to release the information, while simultaneously casting doubt on the authenticity of it. So what exactly is he taking credit for? He also makes the completely false claim that Obama has spent millions of dollars to keep the info secret.
Trump, who makes a mockery of his book title “The Art of the Deal,” has put a deal on the table that sounds a bit like Dr. Evil’s million dollar ransom. If the President wanted to raise five million dollars for charity he could do it overnight. He’s already raised hundreds of millions for his campaign. Trump’s chump change is laughable. It’s also interesting that he suggests as beneficiaries “inner city children” and “AIDS research.” Both are worthwhile recipients, but Trump seems to want to pigeonhole the President’s interests as being limited to minorities and gays. Dog whistling in the wind?
Trump asserts that the release of these records will “end the anger of many Americans.” Well, “many” is a subjective term. In this case it applies only to morons who are easily persuaded by charlatans like Trump to believe fairy tales without evidence. I don’t think that’s a constituency that Obama is anxious to pursue. Trump also says that should Obama comply he “will become transparent like other presidents.” None of whom have ever released such documents, and the only one ever to be asked is the black guy.
Finally, Trump notes that in order for the deal to be consummated, the doc dump must be “to my satisfaction.” Based on his past record of being satisfied by factual, authenticated data, that’s a loophole that’s almost big enough to drive Trump’s ego through.
This man has proven once again that he simply cannot be taken seriously. He is nothing but a washed up TV reality show host whose businesses have gone bankrupt at lease four times. Yet he continues to get attention from weasels in the press, and particularly Fox News where he announced this hoax. This ought to be his “Al Capone’s Safe” moment. Hopefully he will be shamed off of the public radar after wasting everyone’s time with his delusional schemes.
Transcript of the Press Release:
New York, October 24, 2012 – President Obama is the least transparent president in the history of this country. Sadly, we know very little about a large portion of our president’s life and, in fact, he has spent millions of dollars in legal fees to make sure that it stays that way. I am very honored to have gotten President Obama to release his long form birth certificate, or whatever it is that he released. This was something that neither John McCain nor Hillary Clinton was able to do during their very long bitter political campaign despite the fact that they were strong in demanding its release (nobody knows why he would not do it). Many Americans have serious questions —questions that should not be part of the political dialog. Over the course of the last year, millions of people have contacted me via my social media pages (Twitter.com/realDonaldTrump, Facebook.com/DonaldTrump) seeking my assistance to have this extremely important issue settled once and for all. While they may have the thought and concern, they feel that they lack the ability to get this done. Essentially a large portion of American people are asking me to serve as their spokesman.
It is for this reason that I have a deal for the President — a deal that I do not believe that he can refuse. If Barack Obama agrees (or has the universities and colleges agree) to give all of his college records and applications and if he provides all of his passport records and applications, I will give to a charity of his choice (inner city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, etc.) a check for five million dollars. The check will be given immediately after he releases the records so stated, or causes said records to be released. If he chooses to do this he will be doing a great service not only to the charity, but also a great service to the country and indeed, himself.
If he releases these records it will end the question, and indeed the anger, of many Americans. Their president will become transparent like other presidents. So all he has to do to collect five million dollars for a charity of his choice, is get is universities and colleges to immediately give his complete applications and records and also release his passport information. When he does that to my satisfaction, and if it’s complete, the check will be delivered immediately. A lot of people will be very, very happy to see this happen.
Frankly, it’s a check that I very much want to write. I absolutely would be the most happy of all if I did, in fact, make this contribution through the President to a charity of his choice. One caveat — the records must be given by October 31st at 5pm in the afternoon.
So, Mr. President, not only will I be happy, and totally satisfied, but the American people will be happy and the selected charity will be very, very happy. Thank you, Mr. President.