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May 27, 2012 2:03 PM Donald Trump, Birther and Romney Surrogate, Bewilders George Will

By Adele Stan

Just how does he do it, one wonders. How does Mitt Romney get way with accepting the most noxious sort of wingnuts, misogynist and racist public figures as his endorsers, only to draw bemused responses from most in corporate media?

You’ll recall we started a bit of a cottage industry here, detailing the hatefulness of Ted Nugent, a walking DEFCON* alert of racism and sexism, whose endorsement the Romney campaign welcomed, and has yet to repudiate. Of course, the woman-hating Kid Rock has played at a number of Romney rallies. Then along comes Donald Trump, who spouts off the right’s most discredited conspiracy theories whenever he can, including the refusal of the paranoid fringe to accept President Obama’s birth certificate as legitimate.

One who is not amused is the right-wing columnist George Will, whose remarks today on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” could pave the way for closer media scrutiny of Romney’s posse of publicity-seeking poison-spewers. Via ThinkProgress:

WILL: Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics. Again, I don’t understand the benefit. What is Romney seeking?

Wow — a Republican smacking down the 1 percent. And this from a guy who accepted an award from David Koch. (I saw it with my own eyes.)

Will’s consternation no doubt stems from the optics of this thing. Here’s the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, reporting his interview with Trump on Friday:

First things first: Donald Trump is delighted that Mitt Romney is using The Donald’s star power to lure lottery contestants and donors to a major fundraiser June 28 for Romney’s presidential juggernaut.
“I’m honored that they feel that way about me,” Trump told The Daily Beast on Thursday night, as the reality-television star/real-estate mogul was being described in the media as the Republican answer to George Clooney (whose movie-star magnetism helped raise $15 million for President Obama at a similarly touted event two weeks ago)…
No sooner were those dutifully gooey sentiments out of the way than The Donald—who plans to host a lunch or dinner for the presumptive GOP nominee and some of his lucky supporters at one of the Trump properties in Manhattan—launched into a furious disquisition concerning Obama’s place of birth.
“Look, it’s very simple,” said Trump, who has spent the past 13 months questioning Obama’s constitutional eligibility to occupy the White House (and only doubled down with his stubborn skepticism after Obama produced a long-form birth certificate, certifying he was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Hawaii, and then hilariously roasted him at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner. “A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book,” Trump went on, “he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital.”
Actually, Obama’s literary agency at the time, two decades ago, published a recently discovered catalogue of clients and their projects that included erroneous information about Obama and a prospective book about race that he ended up not writing…

I’m still waiting for the uproar. Any day now, hordes of reporters will pummel Romney relentlessly with questions about his use of a hate-monger to bring him some dough, right? Yeah, right.

* Thanks to commenters liam foote and calder for catching my “DEFCOM” typo.


  • DRF on May 27, 2012 3:12 PM:

    It's only a matter of time before Trump calls Will a "loser" who writes columns because he can't cut it in the business world.

    Here in New York, Trump is a joke to pretty much everyone.

  • dontcallmefrancis on May 27, 2012 3:15 PM:

    Trump is a joke EVERYWHERE, not just NYC.

  • j on May 27, 2012 3:28 PM:

    My daughter told me at lunch today that she had just stopped by our local store and at the checkout was a National Enquirer (I think) or one of those other very respectable scandal sheets, anyway they have picked up the Trump birther thing. Can you imagine a political platform depending on a Trump/birther/National enquirer story?
    Also the Ricketts man in Chicago is going to get sickeningly nasty again.

  • liam foote on May 27, 2012 3:35 PM:

    Not to be picky, but the term is DEFCON, for Defense readiness condition.

  • calder on May 27, 2012 4:05 PM:

    I think you meant DEFCON ... A defense readiness condition (DEFCON)
    A defense readiness condition (DEFCON) is an alert posture used by the United States Armed Forces.[1] The DEFCON system was developed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and unified and specified combatant commands.[2] It prescribes five graduated levels of readiness (or states of alert) for the U.S. military, and increase in severity from DEFCON 5 (least severe) to DEFCON 1 (most severe) to match varying military situations ...

  • c u n d gulag on May 27, 2012 4:07 PM:

    The Obama campaign offers the winner of a contest dinner with the President's Obama and Clinton.

    Romney's campaign offers the winner of a contest dinner with wannabe President Mitt and wanabe-loved 'The Donald.'


  • Pressive LA on May 27, 2012 4:43 PM:

    I have no idea what to believe. Obama came on the scene and his surrogates painted the Clinton's as racists. The Literary agent brochure seems real, and did hear that Obama's Kenyan Grandmother claimed he was born there. Rezko who we never heard much about once Obama wom the primary was a funraiser for Bush, as well as Obama and always thought Palin was on the Republican ticket because it was really Obama who was hand picked by the Bush puppeteers.

    Obama promised transparency. He made a backroom deal to kill the public option. He promised to Veto the NDAA. Citizen's United is a windfall for the MSM. Wall Street pays the candidates big bucks and the money goes straight into the hands of the MSM.

    Romney is an A-Hole Republican, but Obama seems to be a come from nowhere Republicrat who is playing Democrats and neutralizing opposition of the wars. he's pretty much stayed the Bush cousre and is a wall Street guy as much as Romney. I have no idea what to believe, but as much as I don't like Romney, I thiink Obama is a secret Republican, who has lied over and over. They're both Ken dolls working for Wall Street and playing US right and left.

    So no, I would not bet my life Obama was born in the USA, I have no idea but it seems plausible he was born in Kenya. I wish Democrats had had a primary for 2012. I wish Sanders was the candidate. The system is broken because both candidates are lying to the American people left and right, so it's hard to stand by Obama when he's behind war and more war, and all wall Streets agandas as is Romney. They both lie constantly. The system is broken. Would say this. Obama has sealed so many records, and is so slick... again, I would not place a bet either way. I think Obama has facilitated Republicans and is a closet Republican and most of what we hear is theater and lies, so who cares, we'll never see change we can believe in from either candidate.

  • DJ on May 27, 2012 6:19 PM:

    Pressive LA -- idiot or plant? You decide.

  • T-Rex on May 27, 2012 7:25 PM:

    Let's just settle this about Obama's grandmother, okay? Jerome Corsi -- the most unobjective interviewer imaginable -- was talking to her through an amateur interpreter. They were talking at cross purposes, and he took her response to a mangled question to mean that she was present when Obama was born. As soon as she realized how she'd been misunderstood, she tried repeatedly to set him straight, but Corsi already had the "proof" he wanted, and wasn't interested in hearing anything to debunk it.

  • neil b on May 27, 2012 7:49 PM:

    The die-hard Birthers who won't accept the released Obama birth certificate from HI tend to talk about oddities in the pdf image file, about layers and changes and tags etc. Any tech geeks here who can fill us in on what they're working off, rebuttals to their claims, etc? tx

  • Kathryn on May 27, 2012 7:55 PM:

    DJ, I'm going with idiot, sorry Pressive LA. Bubala, president has a valid birth certificate, his birth announcement was on two Honolulu papers in August 1961 (think that's the year). The agent who wrote the recently found bio said she was wrong, Step Granny had a language confusion issue since corrected that statement, long time ago actually. Pres. Obama's Mom was eighteen years old when he was born, not wealthy, not well connected and yet you think it's possible she concocted this conspiracy on the off chance that her new mixed race baby might be President of the United State one day. Interracial marriage was still illegal in many states back then, the thought of a black president would have been a science fiction story in the early 60's. I won't belabor other inaccuracies in your post, suffice it to say while Pres. Obama is not perfect, he does not lie all the time, he has accomplished quite a lot while being sabotaged from day one by the GOP, suggest you read up on filibusters during his three years. Now we do agree on Romney, of his lips are moving, he's lying.

    Gulag, a dinner with Mitt and Donald would require an airline burp bag, as we use to call them. A dinner with Pres. Clinton and Pres. Obama would require smelling salts to keep me from fainting at my good fortune and they would both be charming and down to earth.

  • PQuincy on May 27, 2012 8:46 PM:

    DJ nails it. The only addition point to make: concern trolls are among the lowest species of troll.

    "I wish the Democratic nominee were Sanders..."

    Yeah unh-hunh, right!

  • JSR on May 27, 2012 9:08 PM:

    Please, please, please quit trying to prove that Obama was born in Hawaii. It doesn't matter one bit. He could have been born in the Panama Canal Zone and it doesn't matter. Because just like McCain, his mother is a citizen and that automatically makes him a citizen. Kenya or not. Sheesh!

  • hells littlest angel on May 27, 2012 9:53 PM:

    But the Constitution states the President must be a natural born citizen, which I believe means his mother had to have used her teeth to sever the umbilical cord. You could look it up (but don't).

  • Sammy on May 27, 2012 10:15 PM:

    Of course we all know that the pathetic excuses for main-stream media has been afraid of Pres Obama. He might just call them out for being shills, lapdogs, hack and knee-benders for the right-wing rethubs and ignorant teabaggers.

    Hints of Racism as the Mainstream Media Questions Obama’s Aggressiveness

    http://www.politicususa.com/racism-media-obama-aggressiveness.html via @politicususa

  • Bruce Webb on May 27, 2012 10:19 PM:

    Of course the amusing thing about the Natural Born Citizen kerfluffle is that it rests on a definition by a Frenchman (otherwise known to the Right as a "Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey") named Vatel who was not only not a lawyer but whose book was written a few decades before the relevant provision in the Constitution. Since Vattel was a monarchist writing in support of the Ancien Regime which denied any legitimacy to the idea of a popularly elected executive to start with the notion that this definition should be dispositive vis a vis the Constitution is ridiculous on its face. Still more so since the Right is currently arguing that NO foreign law opinion is binding on the US up to and including ratified Treaties defined by the Constitution as the "supreme law of the land".

    Who exactly appointed Vattel a Founder? Nor is there even solid evidence that the actual founders had read his book (though it is known that President Washington checked it out from the Library of Congress years after the Constitution was ratified and forgot to return it. A fault corrected by his estate decades later and maybe the only reason Americans are familiar with Vattel to start with)

    The whole thing collapses under the weight of its own premises. I mean even the most committed Internationalist could give a shit what some French philosophe had to say on this topic in the 1760s

  • Filthy Pazuzu on May 28, 2012 12:19 AM:

    Of course. The Obama-worshiping lib'ral media is gonna just pounce on Romney's righteous welcoming of Trump and other such super-capitalists & mega-patriots!

    It's an obvious conclusion. Journalists, reporters, columnists, editorialists, bloggers, letter-to-the-editor-writers, and every other commie-fascist-atheist-homosexual-drug addict-scumbag writing their treasonous, seditious lies hopes* the day will come when they are granted the opportunity to kiss Obama's feet!

    They couldn't possibly pass up an opportunity to depict his opponent as a friend and confidante to the so-called racists, homophobes, & bigots that infest the political right like bloated, engorged maggots feasting on the rotting, putrid corpse of American politics.

    [* Hope is all they can muster, because, as worthless, atheistic, hippie low-lives, they're incapable of prayer.]

  • ajay on May 28, 2012 5:01 AM:

    the reality-television star/real-estate mogul was being described in the media as the Republican answer to George Clooney

    Please form an orderly queue, ladies, there is plenty of The Donald for everyone.

  • June on May 28, 2012 2:52 PM:

    Remember when Republicans were giddy at the prospect of actually changing the Constitution so that Arnold Scharwzenegger could run for president?:

    "Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a political ally of Schwarzenegger, introduced the Equal Right to Govern Amendment in July 2003, a few weeks before the actor declared his candidacy in the recall election in which Californians ousted Democrat Gray Davis as governor....If Hatch's amendment is adopted, an immigrant who has been a naturalized citizen for 20 years could run for president or vice president.....

    (Rep. Dana) Rohrabacher has introduced a House resolution that mirrors Hatch's proposal in the Senate...."


    Republicans were working hard just a few years ago for the opportunity to elect someone who is not a natural-born citizen POTUS. Now, they turn around, frothing-at-the-mouth crazy over Pres. Obama, who, it has been proved many times, is a natural-born citizen. Why? /rhetorical question