What’s the latest in political Bizarro world?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday acknowledged for the first time that President Obama was born in the United States, ending his long history of stoking unfounded doubts about the nation’s first African-American president but also seeking to falsely blame Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for starting the rumors.
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it, you know what I mean,” Trump said at his newly opened luxury hotel in Washington on Friday morning. “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period.”
This is not the first time that Trump has accused Clinton of first raising questions about Obama’s birthplace, an assertion that has been repeatedly disproved by fact-checkers who found no evidence that Clinton or her campaign questioned Obama’s birth certificate or his citizenship.
So that’s it, right? Everybody’s favorite huckster has finally admitted that he’s been pulling off a con for the past few years about where the president was born, and that he’s fully aware that he’s been lying to the suckers who follow him. And being rational people, the folks he lied to are now going to shun him like the skunk in a perfume factory he’s always been, because that’s what people with brains do, right?
A reality check from the Rude Pundit:
“You keep thinking that if you can show that Trump is lying, that they’ll abandon him. That’s not gonna happen. They don’t give a fuck if Trump’s lying or not. They just don’t care. In fact, they’ll believe Trump and say that CNN is lying because it’s just the liberal media. Trump voters don’t give a shit about truth. They don’t give a shit about facts. All they care about is that they hate Obama, they hate Hillary, and they want to elect someone who isn’t either of them.”
We talked before Trump held his fake-out press thing where he used campaign funds to advertise his newest hotel in Washington, D.C., got some old white racist soldiers to tell everyone how amazing he is, and said, briefly, that Hillary Clinton started the questioning of President Obama’s place of birth during the 2008 election campaign, that he “finished it” when President Obama’s birth certificate was released, and that President Obama was born in the United States. The reaction of reporters and correspondents across the board was one of a concerted “What the fuck was that?” On CNN, a stunned John King and Jake Tapper responded like they had been grundle-punched from behind, flatly declaring that Trump was lying. Tapper, in particular, said that he had covered the Clinton campaign in 2008 and knew for a fact that Trump was wrong about Clinton. …
Right now, Trump is the pinnacle of that willful ignorance masking a white supremacist, ultra-capitalistic agenda. But take a warning from someone who has watched this since the 1980s: it can always get worse. We thought Reagan was as bad and stupid as a president could get. Then we got Bush, Jr. And we thought that that was the lowest we could go. And now Trump is polling even with Clinton. But if Trump loses, the lesson will not be that a shitheel billionaire slumming it with the proles was a fucking racist asshole whose politics should be tossed in the slime pit from which they were belched. No, it will get worse. The next faux populist maybe won’t have Trump’s baggage.
Oh, great. No matter what happens, it’s going to get worse.