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Friday, September 16, 2016

Stupid birtherism is classic racism

Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn’t Apologetic  
Indeed, there was a time when the word "eugenics" was a euphemism for "racism" against Jews. Today, the word "eugenics" is anachronistic, meaning it's really old fashioned racism particularity targeted toward innocent Jewish people.  Instead, the modern word, replacing "eugenics", is "birtherism". What it means is this:  President Barack Obama was branded by "birthers" as being "un-American" and therefore unqualified to be elected President of the United States. In other words, in my opinion, "birtherism" was an updated version of "eugenics". 
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Alarmingly, many thousands of people believed the German Nazi propaganda about the "eugenics" myth, meaning that somehow "Jews" were characteristically flawed. Likewise, similarly, many thousands of stupid people also believed in "birtherism", that President Obama wasn't qualified to be elected our US President based on his birthplace.  So, how are those stupid birthers feeling today, September 16, when their evil champion Donald Trump has disclosed the entire "birther" myth for what it has been all along? It was a racist fog of made up Americanism. In fact, President Barack Obama was born an American citizen in Hawaii. Period. Millions of people were deceived by this Trumponian birther myth. But, now these people must, finally, live with the consequences of their stupidity.

Nevertheless, Donald Trump held on to his stupid birtherism lie for years, just because he got away with spreading his venom. In fact, the media never seriously challenged his stupidity because the facts were so clear about President Obama's birth in Hawaii, who would believe otherwise? But, Donald Trump "gets" the concept of spreading "the Big Lie" and he gets away with doing so, time after time.

Michael Barbaro writes in the September 16, The New York Times:

It was not true in 2011, when Donald J. Trump mischievously began to question President Obama’s birthplace, aloud in television interviews. “I’m starting to think that he was not born here,” he said at the time. (In fact, "birtherism" is a Donald Trump lie.)

It was not true in 2012, when he took to Twitter to declare that “an ‘extremely credible source’” had called his office to inform him that Mr. Obama’s birth certificate was “a fraud.”

It was not true in 2014, when Mr. Trump invited hackers to “please hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check ‘place of birth.’”

It was never true, any of it. 

In fact, President Obama’s citizenship was never in question. No credible evidence ever suggested otherwise.

Yet it took Mr. Trump five years of dodging, winking and joking to surrender to reality, finally, on Friday, after a remarkable campaign of relentless deception that tried to undermine the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president.

In fact, it took Mr. Trump much longer than that: Mr. Obama released his short-form birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health in 2008. Most of the world moved on.

But not "Drumpf Trump".

He nurtured the conspiracy like a poisonous flower, watering and feeding it with an ardor that still baffles and embarrasses many around him.

Mr. Trump called up like-minded sowers of the same corrosive rumor, asking them for advice on how to take a falsehood and make it mainstream in 2011, as he weighed his own run for the White House.

“What can we do to get to the bottom of this?” Mr. Trump asked Joseph Farah, an author who has long labored on the fringes of political life. “What can we do to turn the tide?”

What he could do — and what he did do — was talk about it, uninhibitedly, on social media, where dark rumors flourish in 140-character bursts and, inevitably, find a home with those who have no need for facts and whose suspicions can never be allayed.

And he mused about it on television, where bright lights and sparse editing ensure that millions can hear falsehoods unchallenged by fact-checking.

“Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?” Mr. Trump asked on ABC’s “The View.” “I want to see his birth certificate,” he told Fox News’s “On the Record.”

And so it went.

The essential question — Why promote a lie? — may be unanswerable. Was it sport? Was it his lifelong quest to court media attention? Was it racism? Was it the cynical start of his eventual campaign for president?

It might not matter. He kept doing it, even as his most senior aides assured the public that he had long since abandoned the fallacy.

But, he had not. He was disingenuous until the very end, telling a Washington Post reporter just 72 hours before that he was unready to concede the president’s place of birth. But he treated the weighty topic, as he does so much else, like a television cliffhanger, promising a major declaration on Friday.

And then, around 11 a.m. Friday in Washington, he gave up the lie. But he conjured up a bizarre new deception, congratulating himself for putting to rest the doubts about Mr. Obama that he had fanned since 2011. “I finished it,’’ he declared, unapologetically. “President Obama was born in the United States — period.’’

Surrounded by, and in many ways shielded by, decorated veterans in his new Washington hotel, he could not resist indulging in another falsehood — that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, had started the so-called birther movement. She did not.

Much has been made of Mr. Trump’s casual elasticity with the truth; he has exhausted an army of fact-checkers with his mischaracterizations, exaggerations and fabrications. But this lie was different from the start, an insidious, calculated calumny that sought to undo the embrace of an African-American president by the 69 million voters who elected him in 2008.

In the end, it seemed, Mr. Trump’s plot to diminish Mr. Obama did not succeed. On Friday, the president of the United States seemed much bigger.

“I was pretty confident about where I was born,” Mr. Obama said from the White House, a wry smile crossing his face. “I think most people were as well.’’

And the president had this to say about the myth, heedlessly spread by the man seeking to replace him: “My hope would be that the presidential election reflects more serious issues than that.”

Birtherism is another example of how wrong Donald Trump is for the Republican party brand and he must never be elected to be leader of the free world. Eugenics was a lie. Birtherism is racism.

When will Donald Trump apologize?

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