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Donald Trump Flirts With ‘Birtherism’

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

On Thursday’s “Good Morning America,” Donald Trump questioned whether or not President Obama was born in the United States, and pushed back on the notion that others who question President Obama’s birthplace are idiots.

Regarding questions surrounding Obama’s birth, Trump said:

Everybody that even gives any hint of being a birther…they label them as an idiot.  Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy.  I was a really good student at the best school in the country.  The reason I have a little doubt — just a little — is because he grew up and nobody knew him.  …Nobody knows who he is until later in his life.  It’s very strange. The whole thing is very strange.

Who knows what impact this might have for Trump’s possible electoral fortunes.  Maybe it helps with some conservatives?  As The Right Scoop noted, “If Trump is willing to be this honest on an issue that has become so politically toxic that it can kill a campaign, that may say something about his character.”

If Trump is the only candidate willing to take this position, does that give him a constituency?

My guess is this hurts Obama more than it helps Trump, because what this may do is ultimately help “mainstream” birtherism, and provide cover for others who hold this viewpoint, but don’t want to be viewed as “fringe”.  After all, Trump is not viewed as being some right wing “kook.”

Watch the full interview, via ABC.  Mediaite has more.

  • irony

    The whole birther argument is a pointless waste of peoples time. As stated before, a simple google search disproved the movement. But people still believe he is a foreign Muslim, despite the ease with which one can identify his religion and nationality. I blame the republicans of 2008, for perpetrating all those rumours during the election, but the reality is people should have worked it out by now. How sad.

    Still nice to see some agreeable pinking on here.

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  • gooners

    Heh. Are you unable to see the class photo from Barack Obama’s kindergarten sitting on the front page of the website you work for?
    http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/17/trump-not-sure-if-obama-was-born-in-the-united-states/

    “After After all, Trump is not viewed as being some right wing “kook.””
    Well, not yet. For now he sounds like a moron spouting off about things he hasn’t bothered to look into, and that can be easily debunked by anyone with the google. Once he gets into stuff like, “that picture was doctored by Malcolm X and Bill Ayers funded by Mau Mau Indonesians and George Soros in a plot to put gold fringe on our flags and rob us of our precious bodily fluids” – then he’ll be a right-wing kook.

  • DAndrewRiley

    I think Donald Trump is a pretty sharp guy and would give him fair consideration if he makes a run for the Office. I think this was a publicity stunt. Trump knows how to get his name in the papers.

    The “birther” issue seems like a waste of time (to keep talking about) at this point. If we eventually find solid evidence there has been a deception, then Obama should be prosecuted. Until then it’s just people rehashing something that hasn’t gone anywhere.