Friends Like Trump Could Cost Romney Voters

Published by Joyce Jones on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm.

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By Joyce Jones

Donald Trump is back on the birther bandwagon and his zeal for bashing President Obama could come back and bite Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney in the butt.

“A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book,” he said in an interview with The Daily Beast last week. “[Obama] said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital.”

The misguided mogul was referring to a decades-old client catalog produced by Obama’s literary agent that incorrectly claimed that the future president was born in Kenya. Miriam Goderich, who was an assistant at the agency at the time, publicly acknowledged that she’d misidentified Obama’s birthplace.

But why let the facts get in the way of an attack?

“He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said,” Trump rattled on. “Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”

Romney should take heed of the adage “if you lay down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas” since Trump is hosting a Las Vegas fundraiser for him next week. Will Romney denounce Trump’s dogged pursuit of his ridiculous birther theory, or remain silent and wake up with fleas? If Romney is smart, he’ll disassociate himself from Mr. Bad Combover because crucial independent voters might think twice about supporting him over Obama.

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