Pushing back against calls from Republicans to abandon his new-found birther quest, Donald Trump snapped back Saturday at party leaders like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) who accuse him of being less than serious about his presidential ambitions, warning Republicans that abandoning the conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama's birth certificate will harm the party.
In an exclusive interview with TPM recorded before Trump spoke to what those in attendance called a record crowd at the Palm Beach County Tax Day Tea Party rally, Trump said Republicans like Cantor dismiss the birther issue at their peril.
"I think it's a very bad thing for Cantor to have done," Trump said, "because I'll tell you, people love this issue especially in the Republican Party. And there's something to what we're saying."
One thing's for sure: none of the GOP candidates are going to be able to run away from the birther crowd. And that's nobody's fault but the Republicans themselves. They started this nonsense and have kept it going for years now. And here's where they begin to pay the price.
The birther stupidity is an absolute loser in the general election. All Obama has to do is say "Instead of debating the issues, the Republicans have nothing better to talk about than my birth certificate." A majority of Republicans have some doubts about it, even though it was proven years ago. And the more they bring this up, the more it's going to kill them in the election.
If I didn't know better, I'd say Trump was a secret Howard Dean plant. Like Steve M. says, Trump is pushing all the right buttons, and he knows how to sell, sell, sell.