While watching Donald Trump on the news the other night, it occurred to me that “trump” has two very different meanings.
As a noun, it’s often used as any playing card in a suit that outranks the other suits at the time the cards are being played. You can argue, I suppose, that Donald Trump is a trump card in the business world – a wealthy businessman whose imprint his all over the place – Trump Towers, Mar del Lago, and, of course, he’s the star of The Apprentice, for which he’s supposedly paid $3 million an episode.
Then there’s the other definition of trump, as in trump up. When used like this, as a verb, it means to devise deceitfully, to fabricate, to lie. For the past several weeks, Trump the guy who has a bad hair day every day, has been on every talk show trumping up charges against Obama – that he wasn’t born in the U.S., that he isn’t an American citizen, and why doesn’t he show his birth certificate and put the whole issue to reset?
What I find so interesting about this spectacle is that John McCain, white man born in Panama, was never asked to show his birth certificate, to prove his citizenship. So, there seems to be two sets of rules here – one for an African-American, another for a Caucasian.
Well, today, April 27, Trump was trumped: Obama released his birth certificate – the long form, the form that states “certification of live birth.” His attorney flew to Hawaii to get it – not a taxpayer funded trip, but paid for from Obama’s personal funds.
In 2008, the document that was released was a “certificate” that clearly indicated Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in the Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu. Never mind that it’s a legal document and is what anyone born in Hawaii receives when requesting birth documents. For the birthers, the certificate wasn’t proof and with windbag Trump taking up their cause, the White House apparently decided to put the issue to rest .
Trump, realizing he had been trumped by Obama, immediately held a press conference and took credit for getting the administration to release the birth certificate. He then appointed himself judge and jury. “We have to examine it to make sure it’s valid, but we hope it is so we can move on to the real important issues.” Really? Important issues? Like what?
Well, Trump then continued to one of the important issues: Obama has no past and how can a man with no past have gotten into Columbia and then into Harvard? Translated: How did this black man get into those schools? As Chris Matthews commented on Hard Ball, Trump seemed to be comparing Obama to Don Draper, the secretive protagonist of Mad Men.
So, let’s see. Trump wants Obama’s college and law school transcripts. What’s next? His marriage certificate? Michelle’s birth certificate? Birth certificates for his daughters? The real issue here for Trump is: How did that black guy get into a better college than I did? How did this black guy get into the most prestigious law school in the country? How did that black guy write his own books?
Trump the Chump has given a megaphone to the blatant racism of the birthers. And who, exactly, would vote for this loser? And why would NBC renew this guy’s contract?