In perhaps a not entirely masterful publicity stunt intended to retain The Donald’s current center stage position under the Klieg lights at the Birther Follies, The Great Entrepreneur Trump claimed he would demonstrate the ease with which an individual’s birth certificate can be publicly displayed for public scrutiny, in order to verify an American birth.
Let’s just say that if Houdini had performed stunts with this kind of flamboyant success, he’d have been the least famous Houdini in the phone book.
Whether the STRUMPET actually wants to curry favor with the majority in the Republican Party utilizing Reynolds Aluminum Foil as its haberdashery (According to polling, seventy-plus percent of Republican primary voters either believe the President was not born in the United States or aren’t sure) or it’s no more than his quadrennial mission to latch himself to the American presidential election cycle for the purpose of cheapskate brand embellishment, it’s not another triumph for the Master of Business Smarts.
All he could manage to post online is the same certificate of birth from New York that the State of Hawaii makes available to its citizens, one of them in particular. So, he has managed the awe-inspiring double-play of verifying the normative status of Obama’s Certificate of Life Birth from Hawaii, as well as raising questions about his own legitimate eligibility to serve as president.
Onward and upward, Great One.
Donald Trump made headlines earlier today when he provided what he said was a copy of his birth certificate — but a quick check reveals it’s actually not an official document.
The paper that Trump released says “Jamaica Hospital” on top and lists the date and time of what he says was his birth to “Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Trump.” The piece of paper has a seal at the bottom.
But after several New York City-based readers contacted POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman, her call to city officials revealed that an actual birth certificate, which is issued by the Department of Health, would have the agency’s seal and also a signature of the city registrar – neither of which the Trump document has. Officials said the city Health Department is the “sole issuing authority” of official birth certificates in New York, and that the document would clearly say so, and “city officials said it’s not an official document.”
It appears instead to be a hospital “certificate of birth,” meaning the piece of paper the hospital gave to his family saying he was born. Such a document typically has the signature of the hospital administrator and the attending physician.
Trump lawyer and advisor Michael Cohen didn’t respond to Haberman’s question about the document.
Trump’s mother, it should be noted, was born in Scotland, which is not part of the United States. His plane is registered in the Bahamas, also a foreign country. This fact pattern — along with the wave of new questions surrounding what he claims is a birth certificate — raises serious doubts about his eligibility to serve as President of the United States.