A top White House adviser on Sunday decried Donald Trump’s recent public appearances as a “sideshow,” saying the American people will not be swayed by the questions he’s raised about President Obama’s citizenship.
Polls show that the billionaire reality star’s popularity has been on the rise as he’s taken up the so-called “birther” cause. He’s expected to decide by June whether he’s in or out as a presidential candidate, and White House senior adviser David Plouffe suggested the White House is not at all nervous.
“I hope he keeps on rising (in the polls) because … there’s zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream Americans think it’s a sideshow.”
Trump has drawn attention in recent weeks by questioning the authenticity of official documents showing Obama was born in Hawaii — appealing to a fringe movement that suspects Obama was not born in the United States. Most mainstream politicians have rejected this conspiracy theory as hokum, but Trump has embraced it.