Campaign 2010

Aug 07, 2013

Speaker Boehner Golfs with Billionaire Birther Trump

 A government shutdown is looming, no budget has been agreed on, immigration reform is gathering dust in the House, and the middle class is still struggling - with no plan for job creation in sight.

What does the Speaker of the House do? Hit the golf course with billionaire birther Donald Trump, natch.

News reports caught Speaker Boehner golfing with billionaire birther Donald Trump, who was discredited in his failed 2012 Presidential flirtation and claimed the 2012 election results were “a total sham and a travesty.”

  •  “Trump, Boehner play golf” [The Hill, 8/7/13]
  • “Boehner begins August fundraising golfing with Donald Trump” [Washington Post, 8/6/13]
  • “Boehner, Trump Play A Round Of Golf” [Talking Points Memo, 8/7/13]
  • “John Boehner, Donald Trump Play A Round Of Golf” [Huffington Post, 8/6/13]
  • “Donald Trump, John Boehner hit the links” [Politico, 8/6/13]

“Speaker Boehner is fiddling while Washington—and the American middle class—burns, ignoring our pressing priorities like job creation so he can play golf on his vacation with a crackpot birther instead,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It’s been well-documented how the wheels are coming off the wagon for this Republican Congress, so maybe it’s no surprise that Speaker Boehner wants to take his mind off his failures with a round of golf – but his choice of partner is stunningly out-of-touch, even for Boehner. America’s middle class cannot afford to wait, and wasting time with a discredited conspiracy-theorist like Donald Trump shows where Speaker Boehner’s true priorities lie.”

Background:

Trump: “An Extremely Credible Source Has […] Told Me That @BarackObama’s Birth Certificate is a Fraud.” “More than a year after President Barack Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate, real estate mogul Donald Trump is still not convinced. Trump took to Twitter on Monday, introducing fresh fuel to the birther movement. ‘An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.’” [Huffington Post, 8/06/12]

Trump: “A Lot of People Do Not Think [Obama’s Birth Certificate] Was an Authentic Certificate.” “Donald Trump did not back down Tuesday from his questioning of President Barack Obama's birthplace, instead arguing heatedly with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that ‘a lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate,’ though he declined to offer names of experts who agree with him.” [CNN, 5/29/12]

Trump Said 2012 Election Results Were A “Total Sham and a Travesty” and Suggested That “We Should March on Washington and Stop this Travesty.” “It’s Donald Trump vs. the world in the wake of President Obama’s second term win. Late Tuesday, after Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was certain, the billionaire real estate mogul and one-time 2012 presidential contender tweeted, ‘Well, back to the drawing board!’ He got more disgruntled as the night went on. ‘We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty,’ Trump continued. ‘Our nation is totally divided! Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us. This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” [ABC News, 11/07/12]


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