As if questioning President Obama’s birth records and insinuating he isn’t an American citizen wasn’t enough, perennial pitch-man Donald Trump has officially gone off the deep end, and as Dan Collins of The Huffington Post, asserts, “Has now totally, undeniably injected race into presidential contest with his attack on Barack Obama’s educational credentials.”
In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump questioned the President’s intelligence, saying, “I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?”
“I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard,” Trump said. “We don’t know a thing about this guy.”
President Obama’s academic history has been vetted several times over. Not only did the President graduate from Columbia University in 1983, he went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991, and even served as president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.
“Bad students” don’t stumble their way into Ivy League universities without connections (ala George W. Bush, and some say Donald Trump). However President Obama’s meager upbringings not only neglected to afford him the sort of “Old Boys Club” type connections, but also served as the basis for his career in public service.
Trump’s assertion that “we don’t know a thing about this guy” is not only false, especially considering the President has been in office for nearly three years, but is also simply code for, “Look! This Black guy is suspicious! He can’t possibly be THIS smart!”
Trump’s foray into birtherism is nothing more than his way of reaching out to those who consider President Obama’s presidency illegitimate, not because of where he was born, but because he’s Black.
While Trump continues to pedal in the lowest common denominator of the political cesspool, many of his fellow Republicans are calling him out on his foolishness.
Recently New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attacked Trump’s birther claims, and top Republican strategist, Karl Rove called Trump an “inconsequential candidate” and said Trump’s “full embrace of the birther issue means that he’s off there in the nutty right.”
Unfortunately, some are falling for Trump’s lowbrow tactics (I’m looking at you Pat Buchanan). He is beating many of the more established Republican front-runners in the polls by ratcheting up the birther rhetoric, and milking every bit of the media spotlight.
Trump has said that he will announce whether or not he will make a run for the White House in early June, which means we will have to suffer through his misguided comments and crazy talk for a few more months.
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