Thursday, April 28, 2011

Donald Trump: American Hero political annoyance

Billionaire reality TV star "proud" of his escapades

Donald Trump is not a hero.

Not one to exercise an ounce of modesty or humility, Trump made a spectacle of himself earlier this week upon the release of President Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate.

Trump had previously demanded that Obama release the document, joining a fray of "birthers" who were dissatisfied with the short-form certificate Obama had released during his campaign for president in 2008. The short-form version is suitable for applying for a driver's license or using to verify your identity when applying for a job -- but it's apparently not good enough for birthers, at least when the president has a funny-sounding name.

Rather than admitting fault, however, and instead of taking an honorable approach towards recognizing he was wrong, Trump congratulated himself for helping settle the matter.

"Today I am very proud of myself because I have accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish," Trump said.

Well, let me be the first to congratulate him as well.

Congratulations, Mr. Trump, for demanding our president jump over hurdles similar in many ways to what was demanded of African Americans during the time of Jim Crow laws.

Congratulations, Mr. Trump, for re-introducing conspiratorial accusations against the president that have long been refuted.

Congratulations, Mr. Trump, for causing a media uproar over an issue that should have died years ago.

And lastly, congratulations, Mr. Trump, for winning a popularity contest within the Republican Party by appealing to the lowest common denominator.

You've really outdone yourself, Mr. Trump. Now go away.

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