The timeline is a little convoluted on this one, but Donald Trump once again demonstrated that he is a master at getting the lap dog media to sit up and beg.
Thursday, Donald Trump would not tell reporters at the Washington Post whether or not he believed that Barack Obama was born in or out of the United States. That caused a stir. Then the chessmaster released a statement regarding the whole “birther” question, correctly pinning the source of the controversy with its political originator, Hillary Clinton.
Naturally, this caused the Washington, D.C., media types to foam at the mouth and drool in anticipation of being able to punch more holes in a “conspiracy theory” that raised some legitimate questions given the length of time it took for Obama to actually produce a copy of his birth certificate. (There was not then, nor is there now, anything racist about that failure.)
So, when The Donald tweeted, “I am now going to the brand new Trump International, Hotel D.C. for a major statement,” the Washington, D.C. press pool jumped at the bait, and showed up, even going so far as to televise the statement.
The “statement” turned out to be about half an hour of endorsements from veterans. Members of the mainstream media were NOT amused. (Examples of the Twitter abuse Trump took can be found at Daily Caller, and The Gateway Pundit.) They’ve now caught on to the reality that following Trump around like a puppy expecting their next headline is a dicey proposition. He does his own thing and doesn’t chase after their tails. (He sets them chasing their own.)
On the other hand, the Trump campaign did actually have some good news to relay.
Trump’s campaign announced the endorsement of 44 new military flag officers, saying that brings the number up to 164 now.
“I am grateful for the growing support of highly respected retired generals and admirals who have been so successful in defending our country,” Trump said.
Once the event was over, and members of the media were standing on chairs shouting questions with chants of USA USA in the background, Trump had this to say about the birther issue:
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.”
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States,” Trump said. “Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong again.”
At this point, we can’t do anything about it. Why waste the energy. Trump didn’t waste any more time on it, and took no questions.
Now, the Washington media types are doing a slow burn stewing over being “rickrolled” as CNN’s Jake Tapper put it. Too bad. So sad. Put some ice on it.
We the People are enjoying this to the hilt.