President Obama released his long-form birth certificate on Wednesday after Hawaii released his birth certificate years ago. Donald Trump, instead of admitting that he was wrong and apologizing, expressed pride in distracting the country with his poison. That poison was also disseminated by Republican leaders. Sarah Palin first said, "more power" to Trump, then criticized the president for releasing the certificate. She Tweeted that the media should not “let the WH distract you with the birth crt.” House Speaker John Boehner said that he took Obama “at his word” and stated, “The people have the right to think what they want to think.” Trump is now asking how the president, whom he “heard…was a terrible student,” got into Columbia and Harvard. The “terrible student” graduated from Harvard Law magna cum laude and served as editor of the Law Review.
The issue is ultimately not the birth certificate or academic credentials. It’s about the delegitimization of Barack Obama and the lingering shock that a black man is the president. In the birther view, Obama is “other,” not “one of us,” not an American citizen. Trump, in addition to his disgraceful birther campaign, is now calling into question how this same black man can legitimately get into Ivy League universities. Trump, however, denies that he is a racist; in his own words, he has “a great relationship with the blacks.”
CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer called out Trump on his racism:
SCHIEFFER: [Trump] said, ‘We need to look at his grades and see if he was a good enough student to get into Harvard Law School.' That's just code for saying he got into law school because he's black. This is an ugly strain of racism that's running through this whole thing. We can hope that kind of comes to an end too, but we'll have to see.