Birther King Donald Trump’s Almost Extravaganza
For those so inclined and attracted to the unofficially anointed Birther King Donald Trump, those being primarily conservatives and TEA Party types, his intent to host a Republican Party debate for those Republicans seeking the GOP’s nomination for President of United States in 2012, it was likely an announced event fraught with great expectation. Sadly, for those individuals, it was not to be.
The majority of those ‘in the know’ within the Republican Party, identified as establishment Republicans, referred to the event in less than glowing terms, counseling against Republican Party candidates participating in an event hosted by the speculated to be millionaire/billionaire birther reality television host. Some expressed their disdain for what they considered would be an undignified spectacle.
For the Donald’s part, commenting on his decision to cancel the debate, he proclaimed it was the Republican Party’s apprehension that he would not reveal whether he would forgo seeking the office of the presidency as an independent that caused many of the GOP candidates not to attend, which prompted his cancellation of the event.
Since the Donald first sallied forth, emerging as the Republican Party’s favorite almost ‘I’m thinkin’ ‘bout runnin’ candidate, for a few months anyway, his appeal to the Right Wing of the Republican Party, which has been identified for more than three years as the base of the Republican Party, was assured and confirmed. Then, he backed down, finally declaring he would not seek the GOP’s nomination for president.
He strongly embraced birtherism, the belief that President Obama was not a natural born citizen and therefore not eligible to have been voted for as president of the United States. He stated he had sent out investigators to get at the real facts surrounding President Obama’s birth and status as a natural citizen. To date, Donald Trump has not revealed any information, said to have been gathered by these investigators, to the public.
Birtherism has various offshoots, all requiring crawling through the Right Wing blogosphere, which offers any reader a number of variations from which to choose.
Birtherism: An Antidote/Sedative for the Obama Administration
In April 2011, scant hours after President Obama released a copy of his long form birth certificate, for which the Right Wing had clamored for four years, as the President hoped to put an end to those from among the base of the Republican Party’s quixotic quest, the Right Wing blogosphere and talking heads went into high gear, confirming what they knew all along, even before the document had been released, that it was a fake.
Most sane people from both the Democratic and Republican Parties have never engaged in questioning the birth of President Obama although, there have been those other elements, found overwhelmingly within the Republican Party, that have done so since Senator Barack Obama announced in 2007 his goal to seek the current office he was elected to as of November 2008.
As soon as the Donald re-emerged to interject himself into the Republican Party to influence the GOP’s nominating process, offering his services as moderator of a debate, he again made his fondness and embrace of the birther cause known.
When the Donald extended the invitation for Republican candidates seeking the office of President of the United States to attend his debate on December 27, timed to air shortly before the Iowa caucuses, in the end, he only had two takers before he decided to cancel the event.
Those accepting his invitation were Rick Santorum, who has been trailing behind the field of GOP candidates for weeks and current front runner, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Each of the two candidates that accepted the Donald’s invite has their own political baggage. Mr. Santorum has struggled with his articulation of his positions on such issues as abortion and gay rights. Mr. Gingrich’s baggage is a bit more substantive.
Newt Gingrich served as the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives during the years 1994 through 1998. He is the author of Contract with America. He has been blamed for his active role in government shutdowns that occurred during his leadership as Speaker of the House and for the push to impeach President Clinton for allegedly lying to Congress about his involvement with Monica Lewinsky in 1998 while Mr. Gingrich was himself entangled in an extramarital relationship with his current and now third wife Calista.
During his leadership, he was given the dubious distinction of creating the acrimonious atmosphere that began to permeate the interaction between Republican and Democratic members of Congress in the House, which continues today.
In 1997, for the first time in the 208 year history of the United States Congress, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was disciplined for ethical wrongdoing and fined $300,000.00. Newt Gingrich resigned his speakership in the House of Representatives in 1998, later resigning from Congress entirely in 1999.
Since the Donald cancelled his event, pundits from all perspectives have speculated and pondered why Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would accept the Donald’s invitation.
In April 2011 while in Iowa, when questioned by Dyersville, Iowa Mayor James Heavens, Mr. Santorum sought to discount the birther issue stating:
"He (President Obama) has a certificate of birth, which is what, if you ask for the record of birth in Hawaii, that is what they give you," Santorum told more than a dozen Dyersville Republicans when asked about the so-called birther issue at a lunchtime meeting here.
It’s a safe assumption Mr. Santorum, polling so far behind at the back of the pack, was thrilled for the opportunity to be in the number two spot at a debate, even at a birther hosted venue!
As for the other GOP candidate, let us remember the thoughts expressed by Newt Gingrich, as relate to his musings regarding the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, which reveal Newt Gingrich to be cut from a similar cloth as the birther crowd and all who have sought and continue to seek to portray Barack Obama to be a foreigner, alien and ‘not one of us’.
It is his belief that President Obama is channeling the “behavior” of his deceased father, Barack Sr., an African man from a territory later to be known as Kenya after it gained independence from Great Britain, a man who was not involved in raising his son.
"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together" his actions? Gingrich said. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."
There was and is common ground to be found between Donald Trump the Birther King and the current front runner among GOP candidates, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, seeking the Republican Party’s nomination, revealing his desire to give a not so subtle nod to the birther crowd, who are abundantly represented among the Right Wing of the Republican Party, which has been identified as the base of the Republican Party for nearly four years.
On the morning of February 2, 2012, a day celebrated as an enduring North American tradition of rodent prognostication, known as Groundhog Day, word came that The Donald was expected to throw his support behind one of the remaining candidates seeking the Republican Party nomination.
It was initially reported by several news sources that Mr. Trump would endorse former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. However, later in mid-afternoon, Mr. Trump and Mr. Romney appeared on a stage in Las Vegas, Nevada in the lobby of one of Mr. Trump's hotels, where Mr. Romney graciously accepted Mr. Trump's endorsement.
Said Mr. Romney:
.... I’m looking for the endorsement of the people of Nevada,” Romney said immediately after thanking Trump for his endorsement – which he then parsed for the crowd in practical terms.
“Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works. He’s done it here in Nevada ....