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"Opinions" =/= facts

Donald Trump just won't shut up.

‎"Trump maintained that Obama's birthplace is a matter of opinion, rather than fact." This is why birthers, creationists and anti-immunization wackos can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're just plain wrong. GET OVER IT.

Also read an interesting article about why otherwise intelligent medical professionals and scientists sometimes go off the rails and buy into crank science and conspiracy theories (like Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the link between the HIV virus and AIDS, who's thrown his hat in the ring with Jenny McCarthy and the "vaccinations cause autism" idiots):

"How do scientists become cranks and doctors quacks?"

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crankyasanoldma
May. 30th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
I think Donald Trump is just hanging on to the issue so that if he does decide to run for something, he will have a core group of fucking nutjobs who will like him better than the other candidates.

I mean, I don't think Trump is that stupid, or that doubtful of the veracity of the birth certificate. But it costs him nothing to pretend that he has doubts. He doesn't need normal, thinking people to like him on a day-to-day basis (his money makes that unnecessary; he can get whatever he wants) but if he ever decides to dip a toe back into politics, he'll have a ready-made base. That's my assumption, anyway.
esprix
May. 30th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
I wonder when he'll cross the line between "this might help me in the future" and "I've been saying it so long without any of my flunkies challenging me that maybe I'm actually right."

Sadder, he spouts off this stuff because people actually DO believe this claptrap.

Edited at 2012-05-30 03:29 pm (UTC)
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esprix
May. 30th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
It makes the GOP look stupid, yes, but the more it's repeated, the more people are convinced, and I don't think that's a good thing. I don't hate the GOP, I just disagree with them, so let's get rid of all this irrelevant nonsense and figure out how to compromise on the actual issues.

And yes, I've read about Taitz, and she is a grade-A nutjob. There was one particular judge who smacked her down quite hard in his written judgement - it was hilarious to read. :)

Edited at 2012-05-30 04:27 pm (UTC)
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