Let's get the obvious reasons out of the way early.
1 - Donald Trump is a Birther.
For those few living who don't know what a "birther" is, here's a definition:
A person who doubts the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency because of a conspiracy theory that Obama is not a natural-born US citizen.And like most (if not all) conspiracy theories, it's factually incorrect.
This one also happens to be racist:
In recently leaked emails, Colin Powell, former secretary of state, National Security advisor and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote: “the whole birther movement was racist. That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate (Obama’s birth certificate) noted that he was a Muslim.” Powell went on to describe Donald Trump as “a national disgrace and international pariah.”But why? Why is it racist? James Carroll over at the Boston Herald has an idea:
Echoes abound in this affair of a very old story. First, an African-American is elected president, presumably opening a new era of racial equality. Then the racists push back with visceral denial that such a man is even eligible for the office. The pattern is well established. First, freed slaves are promised 40 acres and a mule, but then, forced into sharecropping, they are reshackled to white landowners by debt. First, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishes involuntary servitude, but then Jim Crow laws reinstate it across the South. First, the civil rights movement trumpets the long-postponed end of black subjugation in America, but then a nationwide wave of draconian anti-drug laws sends people of color to prison with wild disproportion. The burden is always on blacks to prove what, in the case of whites, goes without saying. Prove innocence. Prove eligibility. Prove rights. Prove competence. Prove that proof is genuine. [Emphasis added.]We all know what Donald Trump said and did recently - he attempted to erase his 5 or so years of his own racist birtherism with a 30 second rebuttal. But in doing so he lied about what he was lying about when he added:
"Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.None of that is true. But don't take my word on it. Here's the managing editor of the USNews and World Report saying the same thing:
If Donald Trump is talking, Donald Trump is lying. He lied – lied – in asserting Friday that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement of which he was the highest profile member. He didn't apologize for leading a racist witch-hunt and shouldn't be permitted to so quickly and mendaciously elide what for years was his signature political issue.And so on.
Donald Trump. Racist. Birther. Liar.
And now a question to my senator, Senator Pat Toomey: Pat, are you still "unpersuaded"
that Donald Trump does not deserve your vote? I mean are you really undecided as to whether this racist lying birther is going to get your vote?