Prior to his latest
run for the presidency publicity stunt, I never had much of an opinion on Donald Trump. Seemed like an arrogant prick, but so do many people with huge egos and huge bank accounts. I would never consider voting for him for president, and that went for his previous flirtations with running back in the 90s, and his current one.
Once Trump became a birther, however, he went from being a mere jerk to a full-blown racist and demagogue. The only people who "need more evidence" or who have "more questions" about whether or not Pres. Obama is a citizen are racists. The number one motivator behind the entire birther movement is racism and fear of an African-American president. Trump is no exception. When trying to refute charges of racism, Trump responded to one interviewer by saying he had a good relationship with "the blacks." I think his answer says all that needs to be said.
The other day, comedian Jerry Seinfeld pulled out of a performance at a benefit show that was being put on by Trump's son. His spokesman said it was because Seinfeld has become "increasingly uncomfortable" with Trump's constant questioning of the president's citizenship. "Jerry . . . feels this kind of demagoguery has no place in public discourse . . . He has respectfully withdrawn from the event, and is making a contribution both to the Eric Trump Foundation and to [St. Jude]."
For my money, that is exactly how one should deal with Donald Trump and anything that bears the Trump name. Just avoid it. Seinfeld still donated money to a worthy cause- St. Jude Children's Hospital - but he does not have to tacitly endorse the behavior of Donald Trump by appearing at an event that bears his name. He did not attack Trump or call him names. He just walked away. Perfect.
Trump, however, is not nearly as much of an adult. In an open letter to Seinfeld, he did what he always does...attack. "What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show, 'The Marriage Ref,' even though I thought it was absolutely terrible . . . Despite its poor ratings, I didn't cancel on you like you canceled on my son and St. Jude. I only wish I did."