For a man who has never held or officially ran for public office, Donald Trump just won’t get out of politics. His stay in a field that he knows nothing about has long worn out its welcome. Whereas years ago his business acumen and wealth endeared him respect, he has now turned into a mockery of himself.
He is now the most prominent birther in the world. Birtherism is an empty conspiracy hollow to the core and devoid of facts. It is filled with the likes of Orly Taitz and Jerome Corsi, who with every fact refuting their claims come up with a new, more outrageous one. However, they are no longer the face of birtherism. That is Trump, propelled by his billions and an ego bigger even than his wallet.
A couple of weeks ago, Trump announced a “gamechanger” for the election. Speculation ranged from a new birther document to copies of divorce papers that conspiracists’ claim Michelle Obama drew up against Barack. Once again, Trump fooled us. People actually believed that the “gamechanger” had some semblance to fact. The only fact with Donald Trump is that his mouth never closes and his wallet never empties when the possibility of attention appears.
Trump offered $5 million to Obama’s favorite charity if Obama would release his college records and passport information. Trump’s goal was to prove that Obama either was born in Kenya or falsified documents to get aid as a foreign student.
When Obama failed to turn over the documents and collect the $5 million prize for charity, Trump was stunned that anyone would turn down such a generous offer of $5 million.
“Obviously he wasn’t born in this country or, if he was, he said he wasn’t in order to receive financial aid and in order to have a clear and very easy path into a college or university. Only a very stupid person would believe otherwise,” Trump said.
Obviously, only a very stupid person would believe that Donald Trump has anything meaningful left to say in politics. The claim that Obama was born in Kenya has been proven a lie. The suggestion that Obama claimed foreign student status to get financial aid was a 2009 April fool’s joke still working on the Donald. Even the decision by the Obama campaign not to release college records is not unusual. It is rare that a presidential candidate does. All these points by Trump were thoroughly rejected by Factcheck.org.
Trump’s $5 million offer was parodied when Stephen Colbert’s offered to give Trump $1 million if Trump would let him dip his balls into Trump’s mouth because “nothing would make America happier than have something going into your mouth than coming out of it.”
Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban offered to give $2 million to any charity if Trump would shave his head. Columnist Frank Rich also offered to double Trump’s figure to $10 million if Romney would release more of his tax returns.
None of those counteroffers persuaded Trump because his offer was about himself not Obama. That Trump would reiterate the offer after Hurricane Sandy struck and suggest that it was an opportunity for Obama to help the victims is surreal.
Federal, state and private aid dwarfs Trump’s offer, although $5 million would still go a long way to helping those who have lost homes and face disrupted lives.
Trump had an opportunity to retain at least some respect if he had donated that $5 million to a Hurricane Sandy charity after Obama had rejected his offer. A Trump spokesperson did say that Trump was “already in the process of supporting the hurricane victims.” No dollar total was associated with that comment.
Trump may do something for his fellow New Yorkers, but since it won’t generate the type of attention to stroke his ego, it isn’t likely to be anywhere near $5 million.
Trump is not going to stop his occasional forays into politics. In the future, he may even attempt oddball offers more bizarre than this one. Until someone offers Trump enough money to shut up, he will not disappear.
Our only option is to accept Trump for what he is — a laughingstock, a national joke. He may as well be selected as the nation’s honorary court jester since everythng that comes from his mouth anymore is nothing more than a farce.