Donald Trump expressed concern this week that President Obama’s continual refusal to admit that he wasn’t born in the United States is effectively making Mr. Trump appear to be nothing more than a delusional, narcissistic blowhard whose rantings are more figment than fact.
Donald Trump expressed concern this week that President Barack Obama’s continual refusal to admit that he wasn’t born in the United States is effectively making Mr. Trump appear to be nothing more than a delusional, narcissistic blowhard whose rantings are more figment than fact.
“It is really, really unfair of the president to use his office in this way to try to diminish me, devalue the truth, and cheapen this country,” Mr. Trump said, during a special eight-hour presentation of “Celebrity Apprentice,” which was devoted entirely to airing the concerns of Mr. Trump, the show’s host.
Seated at a large desk that was decorated with scores of framed copies of Mr. Trump’s own birth certificate, the wealthy businessman and television entertainer said he sympathized with the president, that he could understand why Mr. Obama would be reluctant to publicly confront “the issue of where he was born,” but he implored the commander in chief to put himself in Mr. Trump’s place.
“How does he think it makes me look when I go on CNN and raise doubts about the authenticity of the president’s U.S. birth certificate and declare that there is a very large segment of our society that believes Barack Obama, indeed, was not born in the United States and that the Obama campaign is using 'reverse psychology' to make reporters think that birtherism is bad for Republicans — and the White House practically laughs it off? It makes me look ridiculous, that’s what it does,” said a frustrated Mr. Trump. “I deserve more respect than that.”
On the broadcast, Mr. Trump described himself as a “reluctant hero” and said he brought the issue of the president’s birthplace to the public’s attention only after “it was clear that the press didn’t want to cover it” and it was apparent that his show and his fledgling 2012 presidential campaign could use a ratings boost.
“I was just doing my duty as a citizen and a publicity-seeking businessman and politician. And now I am the one having to defend myself,” he said. “I don’t understand why this president has it in for me, but you can bet I am going to find out, even it means bringing [Mr. Obama’s campaign adviser David] Axelrod onto my show and firing him.”
Mr. Trump said he is surprised that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, does not question the president’s birthplace and has even said that he believes Mr. Obama was born in the United States.
“I’ve been known as being a very smart guy for a long time and that one still perplexes me,” Mr. Trump said, speculating that perhaps the Obama campaign is using reverse psychology to affect Mr. Romney’s judgment on the matter.
Page 2 of 2 - Mr. Trump acknowledged that it is necessary — and perhaps even beneficial — for the presidential candidates to address global concerns such as trade relations with China, high gas prices and the sluggish economy, but he hoped the conversation would remain on the more serious matter of proving him right for repeatedly raising questions about the president’s birth certificate.
“I know how to make money — I’ve always known how to make money,” Mr. Trump said. “But as ridiculous as it sounds, I’m just not sure I know how to get a non-U.S. born president to admit I’m right. That’s why I am calling on him to do the right thing by me.”
Just before closing off his “Celebrity Apprentice” special and departing in a black stretch limousine, part of a three-car motorcade, Mr. Trump harkened back to a stop he made earlier this year at a diner in Portsmouth, N.H., during his presidential run, and reflected on what it had taught him about those Americans far less extraordinary than him.
In a brief speech that he said was directed at the millions of struggling workers who aren’t as good at making money as he is, Mr. Trump delivered a sharp criticism of China and said the Obama administration had not done enough to keep the United States on competitive footing with other countries.
“It makes you wonder about where he was born,” Mr. Trump said. “I really, really hope I am wrong about this. But you know as well as I, I am almost never wrong about anything.”
Philip Maddocks is a political satire columnist for GateHouse News Service. He can be reached at email@example.com.