Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney on February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas
Donald Trump is a person you do not really want to be associated with. He turned into an Obama-birther last year, only to be humiliated when President Obama swiftly presented his long-form birth certificate, and was then even further humiliated when afterwards Obama himself roasted Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Notably, Donald Trump's big friend Sarah Palin fully supported him in his "Birther activities" last year, asking in public whether "there’s something there that the president doesn’t want people to see on that birth certificate." Well, Sarah Palin obviously spoke from experience as she successfully managed to cover up Trig Palin's real parentage, whose birth certificate she stubbornly hides from prying eyes.
Just as everything that Sarah Palin touches has the unbreakable habit to into a big ugly mess (the infamous "Palin curse"), it is possible that Donald Trump could deliver a curse of his own - to his new BFF Mitt Romney. After all, as the "Daily Beast" now reveals, he continues to cuddle up to Mitt Romney, and also continues to say very silly things. This looks like a winning combination, but only for the Democrats, I believe:
"Look, it’s very simple,” said Trump, who has spent the past 13 months questioning Obama’s constitutional eligibility to occupy the White House (and only doubled down with his stubborn skepticism after Obama produced a long-form birth certificate, certifying he was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Hawaii, and then hilariously roasted him at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner. “A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book,” Trump went on, “he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital.”
Actually, Obama’s literary agency at the time, two decades ago, published a recently discovered catalogue of clients and their projects that included erroneous information about Obama and a prospective book about race that he ended up not writing. An agency assistant back then, Miriam Goderich, said last week that she was mistaken when she wrote that Obama was born in Kenya.
But Trump isn’t buying it.
“That’s what he told the literary agent,” Trump insisted. “That’s the way life works… He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said… He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia… Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”
Donald Trump has big plans regarding his support for Mitt Romney - he might start his very own Super PAC for Mitt Romney, as the "Daily Beast" reports:
“I don’t know,” he said, noting that he raised more than $600,000 recently at two $1,000-a-person receptions for Ann Romney, with 600 women at his and Melania’s apartment in Trump Tower. “A lot of that money [for Obama, at the time of the Clooney dinner] poured in automatically because they did it the day after he came out in favor of same-sex marriage. It wasn’t because of the dinner.” As for the June 28 Trump/Romney meal, fortunate attendees will receive, according to the campaign, “airport transportation in the Trump vehicle… stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower… [get a] tour of Trump Tower” and “dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney.” Trump will host a fundraiser for Romney, featuring a drop-by by former rival Newt Gingrich, next Tuesday at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.
Trump, meanwhile, confirmed reports that he is planning to start a self-funded super PAC in support of the Romney campaign. “We may do our own commercials out of the super PAC,” he said, adding that he has yet to focus on the enterprise.
So the connection between Mitt Romney and Donald Trump might please the "crazies" in the Republican party, and we all know that there are more than enough of them, but this could easily alienate the independents who would rather stay clear of the loony fringe. Donald Trump's close connection to Mitt Romney certainly provides the Democrats with excellent material.
Yesterday on Hardball, Joan Walsh from "Salon" and David Corn from "Mother Jones" slammed Mitt Romney in a glorious fashion (big h/t to Sunnyjane!). Especially Joan Walsh was outstanding and said that new motto of Mitt Romney's campaign could now be called "Leave no Obama-hater behind."
This is an excellent clip, which should be seen and shared by as many people as possible - and gives a taste that Mitt Romney's "embrace the Obama haters" approach might backfire in the end.
But maybe that would be no big surprise. After all, the "Palin curse" could be contagious. Dance with the crazies, and you will reap what you sow.