For decades CNN’s Wolf Blitzer has appeared on air to be in some sort of media coma, but through the magic of birtherism Wolf awakened today, and beat down Donald Trump.
Here is the video from CNN:
The transcript is all gold, but here are a few goodies,
BLITZER: Well, I — well, listen, Donald, first of all, I never said we weren’t going talk about the birther issue. We had a conversation earlier today. We didn’t discuss at all what we were going to talk about.
TRUMP: It’s something that bothers Obama very much.
BLITZER: I don’t know why you’re…
TRUMP: And I will tell you, it’s not an issue that he likes talking about. So what he does is uses reverse psychology on people like you, so that you report like, oh, gee, he’s thrilled with it. He does not like that issue because it’s hitting very close to home. You know it and he knows it.
BLITZER: I don’t know it.
Donald, you and I have known each other for a long time. And I don’t understand why you’re doubling down on this birther issue after the state of Hawaii formally says this is the legitimate birth certificate. He was born in Hawaii.
Why are you going through all of this, Donald?
TRUMP: Well, a lot of people don’t agree with that birth certificate. A lot of people do not think it’s authentic.
BLITZER: But if the state of Hawaii authorizes it, if the state of Hawaii says, this is official, he was born in Hawaii on this date, here it is, why do you deny that?
TRUMP: A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate.
BLITZER: How can you say that if the…
TRUMP: Now, you won’t report it, Wolf, but many people do not think it was authentic.
His mother was not in the hospital. There are many other things that came out. And, frankly, if you would report it accurately, I think you would probably get better ratings than you’re getting, which are pretty small.
BLITZER: Donald, have you seen the actual newspaper announcements within days of his birth in Honolulu, for example, “The Honolulu Star- Bulletin”? We will put it up there. You see the birth announcement back in 1961.
BLITZER: Listen to me, Donald.
BLITZER: Can I ask…
TRUMP: Am I allowed to talk, if you could stop defending Obama?
BLITZER: Donald, Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.
TRUMP: No, I think you are, Wolf. Let me tell you something. I think you sound ridiculous. And if you would ask me a question and let me answer it, instead of making…
BLITZER: Here’s the question. Did the conspiracy start in 1961, when “The Honolulu-Star Bulletin” and “”The Honolulu Advertiser” contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?
TRUMP: That’s right. And many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit of being so-called so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something that was done by many people,even if they weren’t born in the country. You know it, and so do I. And so do a lot of your viewers.
BLITZER: Here’s what Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said today — today, not yesterday, not last week, not six months ago — “Governor Romney has said repeatedly that he believes President Obama was born in the United States.”
Now, he’s not a Democrat.
BLITZER: He’s not an Obama supporter. He’s Governor Romney, the Republican nominee. He says you’re wrong.
TRUMP: You know what? Everybody is entitled to their opinion, Wolf. You know my opinion. You know his opinion. And that’s fine. We’re entitled, as he said yesterday in the airplane, we’re all entitled to our opinions. And he’s entitled to his opinion and I think that’s wonderful. I don’t happen to share that opinion. And that’s wonderful, also.
BLITZER: But the state of Hawaii says it’s not an opinion, it’s a fact.
TRUMP: No, I don’t think so. I think if you look at the birth certificate, take a look and you tell me, really. You analyze the birth certificate. There are many people that don’t agree with that birth certificate. They don’t think it’s authentic, Wolf.
BLITZER: I don’t know when you say many people who don’t agree…
TRUMP: Many people.
BLITZER: Like who?
TRUMP: There are many people…
BLITZER: Give me an — give me a name of somebody…
TRUMP: There are many people…
BLITZER: — in a position of authority…
TRUMP: — that do not believe…
BLITZER: — in Hawaii who says — but give me a name.
TRUMP: There are many people — I don’t give names. There are many people that do not believe that birth certificate is authentic.
BLITZER: Well, you know what…
TRUMP: Many people.
Later Trump wouldn’t discuss what the “investigators” he “sent” to Hawaii found, because he said it was old news.
What we saw on CNN today was a medical miracle. Donald Trump’s birtherism was so mentally challenged that it actually awoke Wolf Blitzer from his decades long journalistic coma.
Maybe birtherism has a purpose after all? Birtherism is so mentally challenged that if applied properly it can shock the electorate back to consciousness. Donald Trump’s unrelenting stupidity could be the mechanism that revives our democracy. If birtherism can wake up Rip Van Blitzer, even if only for a second, imagine how many Democrats it could get elected in November?
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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