Donald Trump continues to spout birther rhetoric in an apparent attempt to appeal to President Obama's dissenters.
In an interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren, the millionaire presidential hopeful said of Obama's birth certificate, "He doesn't have it. He spent millions of dollars on lawyers trying to get out of the issue. They give what's called a certificate of live birth which doesn't even have a signature on it, and anybody can get a certificate of live birth. It's nothing to do with a birth certificate."
It simply doesn't make a bit of sense for Trump to continue in this vein. After all, if President Obama were not legally eligible to run for the Presidency of the United States, he wouldn't be in office today. There are series of checks and balances in place to keep ineligible people from running for office. And as much as Trump would like to have people believe, Obama was indeed eligible.
He went on to accuse Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie of lying about remembering the President's birth.
"I'll bet he didn't even know the parents 50 years ago," Trump said, "What he's doing is taking a bullet for the party." Abercrombie is said to have been close friends with the President's grandparents and remembers his birth.
According to ABC News, The Donald said he called up the hospital where he was born and had a birth certificate issued to "prove" he was born in Queens. He wonders why Obama can't do the same.
In a December interview, Governor Abercrombie called the birther issue "an emotional insult" to the Obama family. Abercrombie has wanted Obama's long-form birth certificate issued to the public, but state law prohibits the release without the express permission of the President or direct family members.
TheÂ President's birth was announced in the local newspapers. How can Trump explain that? Was it conspiracy even in 1961?
A copy of the original birth certificate was released online and available for view in person by reporters. The document shows that President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 7:42pm, August 4, 1961. FactCheck.org, a fact-checking agency, deemed the document real.
That should have laid the issue to rest, but birthers like Donald Trump continue to keep it alive, pounding away at the President's legitimacy. Why continue to beat a dead horse?