Wednesday 21 February 2018

Obama trumps Donald, who has aligned himself with the loonies

Rupert Cornwell

Donald Trump at the Pease International Tradeport in New Hampshire yesterday. AP Photo/Jim Cole

HAS there ever been a more absurdly surreal moment, even in US politics, that unchallengeable theatre of the absurd and the surreal? One moment, we were watching a property magnate, with one eye on the presidency, the other on his reality TV show ratings, puffed up like a bullfrog, rejoicing on an airport tarmac in New Hampshire that America's president of two years had finally made public his birth certificate.

The next, America's TV networks interrupted their schedules to cut to the White House, where that self-same president appeared to confirm the momentous fact: not that Barack Obama had indeed been born, but that the happy event indeed took place, as no sane person had ever doubted, on the unimpeachably American soil of Hawaii, one August evening in 1961.

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