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Obama v. Trump?

I was thinking about Donald Trump yesterday afternoon at the Mall. I was shopping for a bag, and visited several stores. Although I was right in front of the entrance, I decided not to go into Macy’s specifically because of their connection with Donald Trump. I don’t want to encourage a business relationship involving Trump because I think that any thing that makes Trump more visible is bad for the Country.

Time Magazine reported last week that Trump has taken another step to endear himself with the nut jobs, and alienate himself from folks like me (the intelligent and virtuous sort). The Attorney General of New York is suing Trump to recover $40 million in damages for alleged fraud, connected to “Trump University.” AG Schneiderman claims Trump U. collected tuition, but never delivered the lessons they promised.

Those allegations are either true or not. What makes this a nut job issue is that Trump said that Obama ordered Schneiderman to bring the suit presumably in retaliation for Trump’s investigation of the the President’s birth certificate.

Donald Trump: still birthin’

Real estate mogul, TV personality, perennial presidential candidate wannabe and birther was on ABC and talked birth certificate with ABC’s Jonathan Karl. When Karl tried to show Trump as not serious as a candidate for President, he pulled out the birth certificate issue, and Trump reiterated his wimpy doubt language, when asked where Obama was born: “I have no idea.”

Trump doesn’t seem to have a clue about Ted Cruz either. I guess that makes Trump an equal opportunity Bozo.

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Here’s the birth certificate!

One of the dumbest questions asked by birthers is “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” Amid unfounded rumors that candidate Obama’s middle name was “Mohammed,” his campaign released his birth certificate in June of 2008. Perhaps you’ve seen it?

Obama Certification of Live Birth

Birthers have tried to deny this simple document ever since. First, they denied that the document even existed in paper form, and that it didn’t have the seal of the State of Hawaii. Staff from actually took photos of the original paper document, but those were denied too.

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The cost of birtherism–Part 2

In the first installment of this topic I talked about legal fees assessed birthers bringing frivolous lawsuits. This time I present a commercial example.

Donald Trump photoDonald Trump is a well-known birther, who doubled down with a highly-publicized pre-election offer to donate $5 million to charity if Obama released some college records that likely don’t still exist. Whether universally true or not, birtherism is associated with racism in much of the public mind, and Donald Trump’s birther antics triggered a grass roots effort to remove Trump-labeled merchandise from Macy’s department stores. Macy’s is standing by Trump who frequently appears in its advertising, even though a  “Dump Trump” petition targeting Macy’s stands at 674,117 as of this writing.

YouGov’s BrandIndex shows a precipitous drop in loyalty rating for Macy’s among women, compared to its competitors. Ted Marzilli, speaking for the opinion research web site wrote:

Petitions and protests against Donald Trump’s strong association with Macy’s, including his clothing line and frequent advertising appearances, seem to have taken a toll on Macy’s Recommend score amongst US women.

This is not a good thing around Christmas time. The stupid, it costs.

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Trump tweets; ORYR incites

In a contest for the most narcissistic person, I don’t know whether Donald Trump or Orly Taitz wins. In retrospect which was the worst: Orly Taitz believing that she could stop Romney from conceding the election by posting “STOP!!!” on her blog, or Donald Trump thinking he could change the outcome of the election by offering $5 million for Obama long-destroyed college records?

Last night, though, Donald Trump went on what has been called a “rampage” on Twitter. ABC News made a compilation that includes this one:

We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty.

Birthers are happy to use Trump’s tweets to raise the specter of armed insurrection, such as a headline at Obama Release Your Records: “Trump calls for revolution, blasts Electoral College.”

ORYR also reports: “‘Riots’ brew on Ole Miss campus.” Perhaps this signals a new round of tough-sounding talk to vent frustration over the big birther loss.