On Friday, Sept. 16, Republican presidential nominee Trump acknowledged for the first time that President Obama was born in the United States, ending his 5-year history, upon which he built his political career, that of stoking the false, racist lie that the nation’s first African-American president was not born in the United States. Would you like to see what he said at his so-called press conference? Check out Seth Myer’s video:
Trump has effectively used conspiracy theories throughout his entire campaign to keep the media’s attention. His instinct for expediency led him to revive long discredited theories that Clinton White House official Vince Foster had been murdered and to speculate “some people say” that the father of his GOP primary opponent Senator Ted Cruz had somehow been mixed up in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Trump is not a lawyer and has not lived a life where precise thinking and presentation have ever been important. He more often than not starts at “some people say,” “there was something on the internet,” or, “I heard that.” Such an approach allows him the freedom to never take responsibility for his lies.
One can only hope that at some point he recognizes the difference between right and wrong. The New York Times, like many in the main stream media, has finally had enough and has begun calling a lie a lie http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/insider/times-editor-dean-baquet-on-calling-out-donald-trumps-lies.html.
The Guardian newspaper, which has been observing our election season for quite some time now reports: “Let’s just take a moment to consider this. A candidate whose first campaign ad was judged by one site to contain one lie every four seconds and who, according to Huffington Post, told over 70 lies in just one televised town hall; a man who one philosopher argues has ‘perfected the outrageous untruth as a campaign tool,’ is considered “more honest than his opponent.” (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/22/hillary-clinton-women trust?CMP=fb_us#link_time=1474585207).
Trump relies on unexpected and unsubstantiated accusations to propel his campaign in order to receive untold hours of free publicity and to save millions in advertising costs. One of his real conservative crowd pleasers is the charge that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment. Maybe he wasn’t listening during his private school classes but everyone knows Article V of the Constitution establishes a detailed two-step process for amending it. A two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress is needed to approve an amendment and then it has to be ratified by 38 states before becoming operative. This is a long process and can be longer if there is organized opposition. The Equal Rights Amendment passed both houses of Congress and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification in 1972 but it died in 1982, although several organizations are trying to keep it in play. No one sees the National Rifle Association as so weak-kneed that it will even allow a constitutional amendment process to start. But this is Trump making up a flash crisis.
But wait! There’s more from the man who would be president. During Trump’s speech on the Second Amendment, he skipped away from his staff’s talking points and tauntingly challenged Clinton’s Secret service detail to leave their guns behind so we can “see what happens to Hillary.” Trump is supposed to be running for president of the United States and leader of the free world. Junior high taunting and incitement to violence against his opponent in the world’s greatest democracy shouldn’t even be in the picture.
You have to give credit to Trump’s political handlers for trying to rein Trump in and make him sound presidential. Rarely has a candidate so regularly undercut the credibility of his staff. “Don’t believe the biased and phony media quoting people who work for my campaign. The only quote that matters is a quote from me,” he tweeted in May.
The Government sent Martha Stewart to jail for five months after she illegally sold stock based on an insider tip and lied to investigators. Consider the outrageous stories coming out of the Trump Foundation, where Trump paid off campaign expenses with charitable monies, and even bought two portraits of himself. If these allegations are true, he should be charged with the crimes and brought to trial. He doesn’t get a pass because he’s a presidential candidate. If Martha Stewart can go to jail, Donald Trump can go to jail.
One of Trump’s advisor children said, “He means what he says.” But he just completely flip-flopped on his birther conspiracy. He said, while his wife is receiving Secret Service protection, that his opponent should not. He’s insulted immigrants, women, the disabled. During the primary debates he did not rise above the crowd by having the best policy positions — he had the best insults and taunts. Former President George H. W. Bush just announced he’s voting for Hillary Clinton. None of the other living presidents are endorsing Trump either and most down-ballot Republican candidates are avoiding Trump like the plague, except isolated cases like our very own Dave Brat, who thinks Donald Trump is the greatest. More on Dave Brat in the next column, and on his opponent, the moderate and very capable Eileen Bedell.
Why do you think Trump is insisting on no fact-checking during the first debate tomorrow night? It’s because he’s going to lie for the entire 90 minutes. Birtherism remains his worst lie. Is this the kind of man you want to lead this country? It’s up to you, the voter. The bottom line is this: Trump built his career on a racist lie.
That’s because he’s a racist and a liar.
Editors Note: reprinted with the author’s permission, and originally appearing here.
It should also be noted that the CSE is going out of their way to identify Mike as a member of the Culpeper County Democratic Committee.