The pollsters who claimed Donald Trump topped the GOP field now show him at the bottom among possible White House contenders.
The Donald’s fall seems due to a significant drop in the number of Republicans who believe the President is not a natural-born American, an issue that Trump championed until the White House release of Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate.
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The survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, shows that 34 percent of Republicans remain convinced that Obama was not born in this country, down from 51 percent before the birth certificate was made public. You would think that is still enough birthers to keep Trump from plummeting to a tie for fifth place.
My guess is that President Obama’s merciless drubbing of Trump to his face at the White House Correspondents dinner accelerated the entrepreneur’s demise. Seeing how skillfully the President would be able to ridicule a Trump candidacy had to give pause to many of those thinking of getting on board.
The C-SPAN video of the April 30 speech became the most-watched Obama public appearance ever posted on YouTube, now at 7.5 million viewers: