Finally, someone in the TV news business told Donald Trump he's ridiculous. Now, if they would just stop giving him airtime.
Wolf Blitzer, one of the most evenhanded interviewers in the news business, had enough of Trump playing his games of complaining about the press and making unsubstantiated accusations about political opponents like President Barack Obama.
When Trump opened a telephone interview by criticizing the reporting done by CNN in setting up the interview, Blitzer called him out. Here's a key part of the transcript, and you can see video below of the exchange.
But, really, enough with Trump. Every second the media spends talking presidential politics with him, the level of political discourse in this nation drops another notch. Trump is a hustler and a conman who has found his level in the world of reality TV. Let's not debase the national political conversation any further by giving a place of prominence and letting him make his anti-media and anti-Obama claims.
Blitzer was right to call him out. But now, let's just ignore him.
Here is where the interview got heated with Trump telling Blitzer CNN won't report what he calls the "truth" about Obama's birth. I know some critics of CNN are going to suggest Blitzer was reacting to the shot Trump took at CNN's ratings in the following exchange. I don't think so.
TRUMP: Now, you won't report it, Wolf, but many people do not think it was authentic.
His mother was not in the hospital. There are many other things that came out. And, frankly, if you would report it accurately, I think you would probably get better ratings than you're getting, which are pretty small.
BLITZER: Donald, have you seen the actual newspaper announcements within days of his birth in Honolulu, for example, "The Honolulu Star- Bulletin"? We will put it up there. You see the birth announcement back in 1961.
BLITZER: Listen to me, Donald.
BLITZER: Can I ask...
TRUMP: Am I allowed to talk, if you could stop defending Obama?
BLITZER: Donald, Donald, you're beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.
TRUMP: No, I think you are, Wolf.
Let me tell you something. I think you sound ridiculous. And if you would ask me a question and let me answer it, instead of making...
BLITZER: Here's the question. Did the conspiracy start in 1961, when "The Honolulu-Star Bulletin" and ""The Honolulu Advertiser" contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?
TRUMP: That's right.
And many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit of being so-called so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something that was done by many people,even if they weren't born in the country. You know it, and so do I. And so do a lot of your viewers.
Here's the video. Enough Trump. "Ridiculous" is a kind word for what he is. And if Mitt Romney has any brains, he will stay as far away from this reality TV clown as he can.
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