For most of the time that the matter of Baraq Obama’s birth certificate was a hot issue in certain circles, I thought Mr. Obama was playing a game of Machiavellian bait-and-switch. What he was doing was deliberately holding back his real Honolulu birth certificate, to create a diversion, a distraction, a honey pot, that people would talk about instead of real issues. Most people didn’t bite on the bait, but unfortunately, there was one big fish that bit and got reeled up just about six years ago. His name is Donald J. Trump. Trump pushed the issue, and Obama totally clowned him by releasing what I suspected existed all along, and his releasing it both confirmed my working theory, and drove Trump out of the 2012 Presidential campaign. Obama knew he’d only have one chance to use that hammer, and he wasn’t going to use it to ruin Alex Jones or World Net Daily, those two sources were pushing birtherism, but they weren’t important enough for Obama to use this one bullet sniper rifle. When Trump came along and started yammering about the birth certificate in the spring of 2011, that was worth firing the shot.
For what I’m thinking now, and there’s some data to back this up, if Trump doesn’t touch the birther bullshit, he’s the Republican nominee in 2012 and beats Obama.
Fast forward about six years. In the meantime, Trump’s political reputation recovers, the birther stuff is forgotten, he hits political pay dirt, and rides it all the way to the Presidency. I also think Trump learned his lesson about creating Machiavellian honeypots into which to lure his enemies. This time, instead of being the victim, he can be the perpetrator.
Hence, the tax returns Trump never released.
Rachel Maddow bit.