The Obama campaign says John McCain would have repudiated the mogul. But that might be precisely why Romney won't.
Slipping in the polls and struggling to find its footing, the Obama campaign seems to think it has found the perfect foil to help them out: Donald Trump, the bizarrely bouffanted businessman. As Trump prepared to host a fundraiser for Romney in Las Vegas Tuesday, he renewed his ridiculous birther rhetoric. Last week, he told Lloyd Grove, "He didn't know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said... He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia... Now they're saying it was a mistake."
Needless to say, there is incontrovertible proof that Obama was born in Hawaii. Trump's accusations are false, self-serving, and indefensible. The question is, why hasn't Mitt Romney condemned Trump's comments and distanced himself from them?
The Romney campaign has approvingly cited comments made by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Hilary Rosen flap that a candidate can't be held responsible for everything his supporters say. "I can't speak for Donald Trump, Gloria, but I can tell you that Mitt Romney accepts that President Obama was born in the United States," senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said on Friday. (The Rosen comparison is fairly obviously disingenuous: While Rosen is an Obama supporter, she was not a high-profile endorser; she was not hosting fundraisers for the president; and her comments, while widely condemned, were contestable opinions but did not involve the intentional dissemination of outright falsehoods.)