While I knew this day was coming for a while, I thought it would have come much sooner. It seems Donald Trump, the enigmatic GOP presidential frontrunner for the last few months, is finally starting to be exposed for the fool he is. Not only was his performance during the second debate rather shaky, but he just seems to be running out of idiotic things to say. Then again, that’s what happens when you’ve run a campaign based on nothing but soundbites and propaganda rather than substance or facts.
Well, for the first time in weeks the newest CNN/ORC poll showed Trump’s support dipping 8 points from earlier this month, down to 24 percent. While it’s just one poll, that’s still a fairly significant drop.
Not only that, but his fairly mixed debate performance was followed up by a controversial exchange during a campaign event where a man accused President Obama of being a foreign Muslim – and Trump made absolutely no attempt to correct him. While that’s not exactly shocking, it has helped to further solidify the belief by many that Trump is a racist and a bigot.
Then to make matters worse, Trump absolutely embarrassed himself during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos when the host pressed him on whether or not he thought President Obama was indeed born in the United States.
“So for the record, was President Obama born in the United States?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“Well, you know, I don’t get into it, George. I think about jobs,” Trump said. “I’m talking about the military. I don’t get into it. I mean they ask that question and I just want to talk about the things, because frankly, it’s of no longer interest to me. We’re beyond that. And it’s just something I don’t talk about.”
“Well, the way to get beyond it is to answer yes or no,” Stephanopoulos replied.
“Well, that’s – that’s possible, but I don’t get into it and I just don’t talk about it,” Trump countered.
“So, and even though you’ve raised questions and you’ve investigated this in the past, you’re still…” Stephanopoulos said before being cut off.
“Well, you know, people thought I should have defended,” Trump stated. “Some people thought I should have defended the president in terms of the question that was asked the other night.”
“President Obama was born in the United States. You’ve raised it many times. And he’s not a Muslim?” Stephanopoulos pressed again.
“George, you have raised the question,” Trump replied. “I haven’t raised the question. I don’t talk about it and I don’t like talking about somebody else’s faith. He talks about his faith and he can do that. But I don’t talk about other people’s faith. It’s not appropriate for me to talk about somebody else’s faith.”
Yes, the man who once couldn’t stop obsessing about President Obama’s birth certificate now suddenly doesn’t want to talk about things such as his religion or if he’s actually an American. You can’t make this stuff up.
As Stephanopoulos pointed out, all Trump had to do was give a simple yes or no answer and he wouldn’t even do that.
The bottom line is, Trump will probably never answer that question because he’s a coward. He’s well aware that many of his supporters are racists and bigots, many of whom don’t believe President Obama is an American or a Christian.
It’s a sad day when it seems that pandering to bigotry can move you to the front of the line of one of the biggest political parties in this country.
Watch the interview below via ABC News: