53 long, dark nights for America: The birtherism of a nation

by awindram

Fifty-three long, dark nights to go.

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “I am now going to the brand new Trump International, Hotel D.C. for a major statement.”

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Trump’s habit of projecting his actions onto someone else is what 6-year-olds call “I know you are, but what am I?””

Daily election article of interest: Donald Trump’s birther event is the greatest trick he’s ever pulled

The hypnagogic nature of these posts means I’m usually found on just the wrong side of coherent as I struggle to put down my electoral thoughts each evening just before sleep consumes. For the most part, it seems to work as a conceit as this election is adhering to its own dream logic. Today that dream logic was apparent. The internet, or more specifically the twitterati, had a fit of the vapours because Jimmy Fallon had been way too jovial with Trump the night before on his chat show. Fallon it could be argued has merely proven precisely why he is Leno’s heir; a man utterly incapable of making a large section of demographic feeling uncomfortable at his actions.

Of actual significance was Trump getting the cable networks to cover the opening of his new D.C. hotel on the veiled suggestion that he would finally admit that he believed Barack Obama was, in fact, born in the US and not Kenya. Trump get to that side of the bargain while also blaming Hillary Clinton for the birth (poor pun intended) of birtherism and that it was only by the altruistic, noble investigations of Donald Trump that the issue had finally been laid to rest. It is really quite phenomenal when you think about it, the sheer chutzpah in that statement; Trump crediting himself for ending birtherism is a bit like the inquisition giving itself full props for ending geocentrism purely because it persecuted Galileo.