Just hours before joining Mitt Romney at a campaign fundraising event in Nevada, Donald Trump decided to spend even more time spewing nonsense about his favorite conspiracy theory.
"A lot of people are questioning his birth certificate," Trump said of President Obama on CNBC's Squawk Box. "They're questioning the authenticity of his birth certificate. I've been known as being a very smart guy for a long time. I don't consider myself birther or not birther, but there are some major questions here and the press doesn't want to cover it."
Well, if the reality-show host, who's gone bankrupt four times, has been known for being a very smart guy for a long time, I suppose that settles it.
Mitt Romney not only gave this clown a prominent role in his presidential campaign, he still refuses to distance himself from Trump, even as the guy's ridiculous antics intensify. Why? Because according to Romney, he needs to "get 50.1% or more" of the vote, and if that means palling around buffoons, so be it. Decency is a luxury the multi-millionaire apparently cannot afford.
Leaders -- those with character and courage, who command respect -- are supposed to know better. But Romney has a list of priorities, and demonstrating leadership isn't on it.
Incidentally, Igor Volsky noted that in October, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) partnered with right-wing pastor Robert Jeffress, Romney demanded that Perry "repudiate" him. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a leading Romney surrogate, added that for a national candidate to stand with a offensive character was "beneath the office of president of the United States."
One wonders if Romney thinks he'll look presidential in Las Vegas tonight.