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Donald Trump appeared on On The Record last night for a lengthy interview in which he renewed his accusations that President Obama’s birth certificate is not valid – and then added on by asking for his passport and college records. Host Greta Van Susteren has repeatedly made it clear she doesn’t buy Trump’s birtherism. Yet she once again presented Trump as a credible figure on the electoral scene.
Before the discussion went birther, Van Susteren and Trump pimped his upcoming role at the RNC convention. Oh, they couldn’t tell us what that will be. But Trump assured us it will be “Something very, very major.” Other than being named as the vice presidential candidate – which is hard to imagine as even a remote possibility – and with Gov. Chris Christie reportedly giving the keynote address, it’s hard to think what other “very, very major” role is left over. Unless, of course, Romney is planning to stand down and let the Birther Boy run instead.
Trump told Van Susteren,
What Governor Romney should do, in my opinion… is say I will give my tax returns if you open up your records. Because as you know, President Obama spent over $4 million trying to hide so many different things from his past – whether it’s college applications, college records, passport records and you know, nobody brings this up. Nobody says, ‘Open up your passport records. Open up your college applications. Open up your college records. Let’s see your life.’ And nobody brings this up.
Trump went on to say, “Most president have given their college records. All presidents have given – to the best of my knowledge – their passport records.”
And just how extensive is the “best” of Trump’s knowledge about “all” presidents “opening up their passport records?” Naturally, Van Susteren didn’t ask.
“Why is he spending $4 million on trying to keep ‘em secret?” Trump asked.
Van Susteren then gave Trump the opening to bring on the birther. “I thought that the birth issue had been put to rest with you to your satisfaction,” she said. “Most Americans are satisfied.”
In fact, just two months ago, Trump told Van Susteren, “There’s a lot of questions as to the authenticity of the birth certificate.”
Now, predictably, Trump said, “I don’t think people are satisfied at all.” Then he laughably said, “And it doesn’t matter. That’s not my big issue.” This, after it was his big issue ad nauseum on Fox. Again, Van Susteren let it go.
“My big issue are jobs and the fact that we have 8.3 unemployment,” Trump now said – after ignoring the subject all this time in favor of suggesting President Obama is really a foreigner.
Van Susteren, obviously skeptical, asked what he might expect to find on Obama’s college records. Once again, Trump was full of it. “I don’t want to get into it. I want to get into the fact that jobs. You asked me a question and I responded.” Yeah, right. It was only because of his focus on jobs that he brought up again Obama spending $4 million “on trying to keep things in hiding.”
But Trump went on to say, “I hope (the records and the passport) are 100% OK… As a good American and somebody that loves this country, I hope they’re 100% OK.” But, the good American continued, “I’m trying to figure out why would somebody spend $4 million to try and keep those record silenced?”
Van Susteren did question where Trump got the $4 million figure. “That was reported,” Trump told her. “I think it was pretty well documented.”
Except that after the segment aired, Van Susteren said she checked and could not confirm it.
Here’s the video: