Conservative evangelicals are setting the Republican Party agenda. As evidence, who hasn’t been wide-eyed at Donald Trump’s poll-vaulting to first place in Republican presidential preferences. Say the birthers: the Trump brand must be burned on the rump of the Presidency. Trump’s rise in the polls has been in direct ratio to his statements doubting that President Obama was born in America. Birthers, the life-blood of Republican primary voters, stoked by FOX News, have fanned the flames of raced-hatred towards President Obama by claiming he is not ‘one of us’.
While this phony birther issue has been smoldering for months, it started to spread when Trump added his voice to the ‘Gospel of FOX’ choir. Since the Trump brand is always for sale, it’s not beyond belief that The Donald has made a deal with FOX to further cast America’s government as being too big, too inefficient and too Democratic. It stands to reason, with Glenn Beck out as FOX Clown-in-Residence, someone had to take on that job. Roger Ailes, FOX mastermind, may have paid for the Trump Brand. (Not Trump himself who is already employed as a NBC reality star.) A perfect marriage: the fake news network mating with the fake candidate. If this is true, I want to know how much did The Donald get for this latest licensing?
But, I think FOX and Trump are flirting with disaster. According to Reverend Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, God punishes people, places and things when He is displeased with what is going on.
On March 30, Trump said: “I have a birth certificate. People have birth certificates. He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one but there is something on that birth certificate — maybe religion, maybe it says he’s a Muslim, I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that. Or, he may not have one.”
Within the week, weather watchers across the South began noticing a dramatic change in the weather. Tornado warnings were issued in many states including Alabama Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas
On April 5, Wisconsin Republican Supreme Court candidate Justice David Prosser gained the upper hand in a statewide election which became a referendum on Wisconsin Governor’s Scott Walkers outrageous union-busting shenanigans.
On April 10, the National Weather Service reports that 10 tornadoes hit central and northern Wisconsin, tying an April record for the state.
During the same week, Trump said: “I have people that have been studying it (Obama’s) birth certificate and they cannot believe what they’re finding. He spent $2 million in legal fees trying on to get away from this issue, and if it weren’t an issue, why wouldn’t he just solve it? I wish he would because if he doesn’t, it’s one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in the history, period. You are not allowed to be a president if you’re not born in this country. Right now, I have real doubts.”
Then, from April 14-16, one of the largest single-system tornado outbreaks in United States history occurred, resulting in at least 155 confirmed tornadoes across 14 states and severe destruction on all three days of the outbreak. A total of 38 people were killed from tornadoes and an additional five people were killed as a result of straight-line winds associated with the storm system. The outbreak of severe weather and tornadoes has led to 43 deaths in the Southern United States.
Later in April, Donald trumpeted in an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper: “I’ve been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing. I’ve been told that it’s not there or it doesn’t exist. And if that’s the case, it’s a big problem.” Later, Trump went even further: “Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate. I’d love to give my tax returns. I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate.”
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service was trying to keep up with reports from across the South. Alabama’s state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 131 deaths, while there were 32 in Mississippi, 30 in Tennessee, 13 in Georgia, eight in Virginia and one in Kentucky from tornadoes. In Norman, Oklahoma, the National Weather Service received 137 tornado reports.
On April 27, Presdient Obama released a more detailed version of his birth certificate, nearly three years after he first released his birth certificate.
FOX and Trump switched gears: “The word is, according to what I’ve read, that he was a terrible student when he went to Occidental. He then gets to Columbia; he then gets to Harvard… How do you get into Harvard if you’re not a good student? Now, maybe that’s right, or maybe it’s wrong. But I don’t know why he doesn’t release his records.”
We love our adult President. And, all along we thought he only had two kids to contend with.
If Trump is Beck’s replacement, Ailes is getting his money’s worth.
And the rest of us? Well, I never really believed in Pat Robertson’s observations.
Carl Matthes is a native of Los Angeles and has lived in Eagle Rock for over 40 years. He is a former president and a current Board member of Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance. He is a former columnist and a current advisor to the Lesbian News, the oldest lesbian publication in America. He was editor of the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) newsletter and a former GLAAD National Board member. He has also been a Board member of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
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