I don’t think anyone in the media or politics really thinks that Donald Trump is a birther, but you wouldn’t know it by some of his recent quotes.

“This guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn’t.”

“I have a birth certificate. People have birth certificates. He doesn't have a birth certificate. He may have one but there is something on that birth certificate -- maybe religion, maybe it says he's a Muslim, I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that. Or, he may not have one."

“You have no doctors that remember, you have no nurses -- this is the president of the United States -- that remember. … He could have been born outside of this country. Why can’t he produce a birth certificate?”

"I grew up with Wall Street geniuses. What they do in terms of fraud, and how they change documents -- and I'll tell you something, if you notice, those dates were three days later. And here's what I ask people -- who puts announcements? Two poor people, a man and a woman with no money, they have a baby. There's announcements in the newspaper? Nelson Rockefeller doesn't put announcements in. I've never seen one."

So is Trump is really running for President or just seeking publicity? My guess is publicity because any reasonable person (i.e. - non-politician) would know that pushing the birther argument won’t get them beyond Iowa, and would certainly come back to haunt them in a general election. Regardless, I wonder if Trump realizes even from a publicity standpoint this is going to hurt him in the long run. For me, his comments are offensive, not because of what he says but because I know full well he doesn’t believe it. He is purposely spreading false information that riles up the worst kind of people. I can tell you that personally, I will never again watch his TV show, I will never stay one of his hotels, I won’t play craps in his casino, and I won’t drink his water or his vodka (not that I ever did). Sometimes BS can go too far.
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  1. You really are angry. A bit on edge perhaps?

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