Trump's continued foolishness

Friday , October 26, 2012 - 11:48 AM

An Editorial

We have some advice for Donald Trump, the GOP real estate mogul with the checkered past. We don’t mean the counsel unkindly: For the duration of the campaign, don’t say a word. Zip. Nada. Just shut up.

Being a public embarrassment has never bothered Trump because he loves — actually seems to physically crave — publicity. It proved too much to hope for that he wouldn’t try to edge and squirm into the campaign spotlight, but like those fools who jump and wave for the cameras at the morning network TV shows, there he was.

Trump hit the airwaves big last spring, averring that he had nearly conclusive proof that Barack Obama had not been born in the United States, making him ineligible to be president. With great fanfare, Trump dispatched — or said he did — private investigators to the islands to disprove Obama’s American birth, later reporting "they cannot believe what they’re finding." The private detectives haven’t been heard from since.

That kind of embarrassing setback would have chastened a lesser ego, but this past week Trump grandly announced he was in possession of "information bordering on the gigantic" that could "possibly" change the presidential race.

It’s a good bet that Trump has no such information. Here’s the tip-off: Trump is reduced to trying to buy his way out of the hole he has dug for himself so he’ll again be allowed to associate with respectable Republican politicians:

"I have a deal for the president. ... If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice ... a check, immediately, for $5 million."

This is so desperate as to be pathetic.

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