They call themselves “corners,” and the movement has been called “unicornism” or the “unicorner movement.” What’s it all about?
LeftAction.com‘s Unicorn spoof was a reaction to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s threat to keep Obama off the ballot in November, based on false claims that Obama was not born in the US. To appease 1,200 “birthers” who emailed him saying that Obama was born in Kenya, Bennett launched an investigation into Obama’s birthplace, demanding that Hawaii send him proof that Obama was born in the US.
Many of the “facts” supporting Romney’s status as a unicorn are taken directly from a well-publicized conversation between Donald Trump and Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. When Blitzer challenged Trump’s claims that Obama was born in Kenya, Trump repeatedly said, “Many people say so,” and “Many people believe it.” Challenged by Blitzer on the birth announcement that appeared in a Hawaii newspaper days after Obama’s birth, Trump alleged that everyone knows that “many people” put false birth announcements in newspapers, and contended that the hospital was in on the conspiracy.
Hours after Trump went on the air to vocalize, once again, claims so absurd that even the anchors at Fox News discount them as lunacy, Trump hosted a fundraiser for Romney that was expected to raise upwards of two million dollars. While Romney himself says that he does not believe Obama was born in Kenya, he has done nothing to distance himself from the birther movement’s most outspoken and high-profile mouthpiece. Far from it, the two appear cozier than ever. While I don’t agree with Romney’s policies, I personally think he is probably a far better man than Trump, whose frequent narcissistic ramblings about his own wealth, not to mention his four bankrupt businesses and trade-em-in-for-a-younger-model philosophy on marriage, give him a veneer of slickness that seems very much at odds with Romney’s wholesome image. The fact that Romney apparently feels no need to take a firm stand against Trump’s campaign of falsehood–as opposed to simply saying that “I don’t agree with all the people that support me“–should be cause for alarm.