Is Donald Trump looking for the truth? Or publicity and a presidential nomination?
Lately, it certainly seems to be much more of the latter.
Since taking up the “birther” issue, support for Trump has doubled and his “Celebrity Apprentice” show has experienced a notable increase in ratings. Though he claims that he doesn’t “like to talk about this issue”, Trump has shamelessly questioned the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency in interviews with several media outlets, including “The View”, CNN, and MSNBC. And he now maintains he has sent private investigators to Hawaii to get to the bottom of the issue of Obama’s birthplace.
Expensive investigators or otherwise, they are not likely to find any new news. Trump may be wealthy, but he has been neither swift nor original in his attacks on Obama. Long before Trump took up the birther banner, plenty of Obama opponents had already taken it upon themselves to investigate Obama’s origins. Some even went as far as to request to “inspect and copy” the President’s birth certificate (a request prohibited by Hawaii privacy laws, and thus denied by Hawaii courts).
Yet Trump continues to add fuel to the conspiracy theory fire, declaring, “I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding”. (Source) It is hard to believe “what they’re finding”…when Trump fails to say exactly what “it” is!
Here is what his investigators have likely found:
- Obama’s birth announcement was made in two newspapers in 1961, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. No need to hire private investigators – anybody can view these records in the state library.
- Obama’s mother was issued a “certificate of live birth” from Kapiolani Medical Center. No need to fly to Hawaii to see it – it’s been available online since 2008.
Trump asked in an interview with CNN, “Why doesn’t he (Obama) show his birth certificate?”
Try to keep up, Trump. Obama has shown his birth certificate, to the extent that he can within the current laws. The “certificate of live birth” has been made publicly available. In addition, state officials gave a statement declaring that they have seen and verified the President’s original birth certificate, and reiterated that fact that state law prohibits the release of any certified birth certificate. A spokesman for the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office reaffirmed this point, stating, “It’s a Department of Health record and it can’t be released to anybody”. (Source)
So what is “The Donald” still searching for? His recent irrational behavior might suggest a distraction, an ego boost, attention, and a nomination.
Because if it is truth he is looking for, he need not look any further. The birth announcements, certificate of live birth, and long form birth certificate all confirm that President Barack Obama was born in the US.
Perhaps it’s time we turn the tables and start investigating Mr. Trump, the possible presidential candidate-to-be, starting first with his alleged Gaddafi Charity.