That lady at the top right may need to take a loyalty oath

After vanishing for a couple of days to take care of an important "business transaction" (it did not involve buying a clue, we'll guess), Donald Trump finally addressed his failure to correct or even react much to a supporter's assertions last week that Barack Obama is a Muslim and "not even an American," and that there are jihadi training camps all over America. In a series of tweets, he fired back in typical Trump fashion, portraying himself as the real victim of all the meanies who thought maybe he had an obligation to tamp down his moron supporters' more insane tendencies. In fact, he liked them so much that he copied them and sent out another tweet of the whole string, for easy reading:

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It's such perfect Trump: Donald Trump is the best, but he can never get a fair shake. And no, nobody except wingnuts would have complained about the moron questioner's free speech rights if Hairball had "challenged" him. Interesting word choice, isn't it? Trump could have said "corrected," but that would be too definite, now, wouldn't it? It's a pretty smart (and evil) strategy, though: deflect the criticism with blame, focus only on Obama while leaving the birther question open, and allow the bullshit about jihadi training camps right here in America to go "unchallenged." (Do we need to add that it's bullshit? It is definitely bullshit).

Trump stayed on message Sunday when he appeared on ABC's This Week, refusing to give a simple yes or no answer to George Stephanopoulos's question, "So for the record, was President Obama born in the United States?"

TRUMP: Well, you know, I don't get into it, George. I talk about jobs. I'm talking about the military. I don't get into it. I mean, he asked that question and I just want to talk about the things because frankly it's of no longer interest to me. We're beyond that. And it's just something I don't talk about. I want to talk about the military. I want to talk about the vets and how badly they're treated. I want to talk about jobs. I don't get into that, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But the way to get beyond it is to answer yes or no [...]

TRUMP: Well, that's possible. But I don't get into it. And I just don’t talk about it.

Stephanopoulos at least tried to follow up on the other part of the New Hampshire dumbass's question, asking if Trump thought Muslims are "a problem" in America. Trump went with obvious pandering:

"We can say no and you can be politically correct and say everything's wonderful, but I haven't seen people from Sweden going back and leaving after the bombing of the World Trade Center,” he said. “So certainly it's a problem and there is a problem.”

Trump added that most Muslims are "fabulous people," so don't you go accusing him of being a bigot, OK? While he didn't directly addressed the "training camps" myth, Trump did say that "what's happening with some Muslims and the terrorism and everything else seems to be pretty much confined there, so it is a problem and we can say no, but it is,” which is a beautiful bit of equivocation. He can plausibly say that he refuted the myth, while his looniest supporters can cling to that "pretty much" as a signal that he secretly agrees with them.

After telling Stephanopoulos Sunday that it wasn't his place to comment on another man's faith, Trump was back at the Muslim thing on Twitter Monday morning, retweeting a series of comments from someone else explaining why it only makes sense that people would doubt Barack Obama's faith:

On Saturday, at an Iowa event sponsored by Ralph Reed's Coalition For Easily Terrified Evangelicals, Trump even went so far as to scold John McCain for having disagreed with that idiot lady who in 2008 called Obama "an Arab." Trump explained that standing there and saying "yeah" and "we're going to be looking at that" was a far preferable answer to complete bullshit, because it's polite:

“Remember the famous day when John McCain just ripped that microphone out of the woman’s hands,’’ Mr. Trump said, calling it “a little bit harsh.’’

“Does anybody really think it’s harsh?” he asked the crowd, and was answered by a round of applause.

Told that Donald Trump was now giving etiquette advice, Miss Manners was reportedly overtaken by a fit of dry heaves. We wish her a speedy recovery.

[Twitter / WaPo / ABC News / RealClearPolitics / NYT]

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