Trump Makes More Birther Claims

Billionaire says President Obama may be violating the U.S. Constitution.

Posted: 04/07/2011 04:46 PM EDT
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Apparently there are no limits as to how low billionaire Donald Trump is willing to go to get attention. Even people who know and claim to like him are getting tired of the craziness.

On the Wednesday episode of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” marketing expert and former CNBC host Donny Deutsch said, “Bro, what’s with the birther stuff? The American public doesn’t care about that.” The feeling was echoed by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who said, “Get off this birther stuff!”

So, what does The Donald, who may be launching his own campaign for the White House, do? He gives them even more craziness. Now he’s saying that President Obama’s Kenyan grandmother is on record saying she witnessed his birth in the African nation and his American grandparents had him brought to America so that he could become a U.S. citizen. And if you don’t believe him, he’s got some investigators in Hawaii looking “deeply” into the matter.

“There’s a major chance that this guy has violated the U.S. Constitution,” Trump said, who recently scored his own segment on Fox News. He claims that Obama has spent more than $2 million trying to cover up the facts surrounding his birth.

Trump’s comments might be funny, if that’s your sort of humor, if it weren’t for the fact that they’re dangerous. Tea Party members harbor views that are considered by many to be hateful and even racist. The last thing they need is encouragement from somebody who is considered to be a leader in American society.

According to a recent CNN/Opinion Research poll, 46 percent of the people surveyed say that Obama was “definitely born” in the United States while 26 percent said he “probably” was. Shouldn’t that first number be way closer to 90 percent or higher? And what does it say about the U.S. that it isn’t?

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