Donald Trump had a date yesterday addressing The American Conservative Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, reported Time. The plan, or non-plan to be more precise, is for Donald Trump to launch another fake run for President of the United States. That much is certain. No “ands, ifs or buts” about it, there is no doubt, says Donald Trump, that he might run for President. And according to Trump, there is nothing fun about it. “Everybody feels I’m doing this just to have fun or because it’s good for the brand,” Trump said. “Well, it’s not fun. I’m not doing this for enjoyment. I’m doing this because the country is in serious trouble.”
Yes, of course he is. Trump told the Washington Post that he has “hired staffers in key primary states, retained an election attorney and delayed signing on for another season as host of NBC’s ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ because of his political projects.” If that isn’t proof that this isn’t just another non-run for President, then what is.
According to the Time piece, Donald Trump said the exact same thing four years ago at CPAC 2011, at the time saying he was “delaying” the renewal of his show. Obviously, a negotiating card he used for better bargaining with the NBC network. It worked then, and if the show is renewed, it will have worked again.
Readers may recall that last March that we reported in the White House Examiner that he said “no” to his non-campaign for Governor of New York to challenge Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. Back then, the real estate magnate Trump had been relentlessly conducting a non-campaign delivering non-stump speeches, as he sought not to become the next governor of New York state. Just like then, Trump will relentlessly conduct another non-campaign to win the Republican nomination, delivering non-stump speeches.
The non-campaign officially, non-officially began yesterday at CPAC with a stem winder of a speech. After the speech, in a question-and-answer session with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump fell back to what he must believe is a winning issue with a twist. America’s “Birther-in-Chief” once again wet back to the well claiming that President Obama was born in Kenya, and therefore not eligible to be President of the United States. Then he neatly ties Hillary Clinton to the issue, with an odd dose of John McCain.
“Hey look, [the president] wrote a book when he was a young man and it said ‘born in Kenya,’ blah blah blah. I don’t know where he was born. I would like to see his college records, I think that’s important.
As far as the birth certificate, Hillary Clinton wanted his birth certificate. Hillary is a birther. She wanted it but she wasn’t able to get it. John McCain fought really hard and really viciously to get his birth certificate. John McCain failed. Couldn’t get it. Trump comes along – and I’m not a sitting senator, I’m not a sitting anything else, I’m a good businessman – but Trump comes along and I said, ‘Birth certificate.’ He gave a birth certificate.
Whether or not that was a real certificate, because a lot of people question it, I certainly question it—but Hillary Clinton wanted it, McCain wanted it, and I wanted it. He didn’t do it for them, he did it for me. So in one sense I’m proud of it. Now all we have to do is find out whether or not it’s real.”
Although President Obama produced the long-form birth certificate, Trump hints it could have been fake. Except the only thing fake is this non-campaign for the nation’s highest office. Expect the non-announcement about dropping out of the non-race shortly. At least until he extends the contract for “Celebrity Apprentice.”