I began to think of Donald Trump as a clown when he became king of the birthers several years ago. Prior to that I thought of him as a publicity hound who got plenty of what he wanted. But when he pushed the birther agenda he went beyond his own life and added to the distorted political consciousness of our nation. And it was distorted aplenty before that.
That also raised my contempt for the Republican leaders who acted like innocents as to whether Obama was Kenyan born, as if they thought he might be. I also was disgusted with journalists who allowed Trump to get away with implications of what his crack investigators learned about Obama’s birth. Always implying solid information, while never producing any, and never pressed to do so.
Now Trump refers to the great scholars who question that the 14th amendment really includes what he calls “anchor babies,” but once again the press doesn’t press for names. That’s how falsehoods are allowed to stand and blossom into the “truthiness,” that Steven Colbert has mocked so well.
A recent poll concludes that 61% of Trump fans believe Obama was born in Kenya, while 62% think he’s a secret Muslim. Other polls are considerably lower. What seems more believable to me is is 30 to 40% in those categories. (In these ornery times I can imagine some respondents giving false answers to screw with the pollsters). Whatever the exact per cent is, it’s a lot of people who believe in nonsense, nonsense that is having a surprisingly big impact on our presidential race.
This morning I did some googling in search of an understanding of how so many people could still be convinced Obama was born in Kenya. Well, there is plenty of information on the net to support that idea if you want to find it. Nothing that I find credible, though.
My favorite is a video which claims to be Obama admitting to his Kenyan birth, which actually is Obama mocking the idea at a White House Correspondents dinner. There he said he had a birther video of his own and then played a segment from The Lion King. I’m sitting here wondering just how low an I. Q. level it takes to miss the joke.
There is also a Kenyan birth certificate which upon examination seems to have the authenticity of a three dollar bill.
The most convincing bit of evidence that I could find was that: “A 1991 literary client list booklet listed Barack Obama as having been born in Kenya.” I checked it on Snopes.com and they said it was “true”. But they said much more, that the folks at the (right wing) Britebart News prefaced their providing the information by saying that while they believed Obama was born in Hawaii, they wanted to share the information as an indication of Obama’s misrepresentation of his ideology.
As if to say: It’s not our fault if others use this to distort the truth. As Snopes goes on to detail, the woman who edited that bio-pic later said that the Kenya birth was a “fact checking error” by her tied to her having little information on Obama at the time. I suggest you read the Snopes piece as the details illuminate how truthiness is generated.
So, for those who can’t stand President Obama, you can find “evidence” he was born in Kenya, as long as you take the spurious information at face value.
By the way, I have long wondered why neither side of the birther debate has tried to establish where Obama’s mom was at his birth. I have never seen anyone try to prove she was in Kenya at the time, only that he was born there. Wouldn’t she have had to be there, too.?