News Report: Trump’s Kids Tell Him His Birther Nonsense Is Damaging His Rep

November 26, 2012  |  

Left to right: Eric, Donald Jr, Donald Trump, and Ivanka. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Comb-over king Donald Trump went on Twitter this weekend to deny a news report that says three of his kids — Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr. — held an intervention to tell their dad to stop talking smack about President Obama.

According to a source who spoke with the New York Daily Newsthe Trump trio paid a visit to dad’s office in October and told him he was damaging his brand by keeping up with the Obama bashing.

“They showed a lot of respect, but told him he’s worked too long and too hard to build up the reputation he has. They understand completely he’s always been outspoken and that he likes attention, but this is too much,” the paper reports.

Trump responded in three tweets this weekend, accusing the “dying paper” of having promised to kill the story but running it anyway, then denying that his kids would ever do such a thing because “it’s not in their nature.”

You’ll recall that Donald Trump’s last attempt to goad President Obama into the tired (and offensive) discussion of where he was born was with the promise of a charitable donation. It was widely criticized for not only being out of line but senseless since the President already produced his birth certificate.

Whether the story is true of not, the damage to Trump’s brand over his continued birther talk has already been done. Once a serious candidate for the Republican presidential nomination (remember that?!), he’s now lost his political credibility, reduced to a sideshow loud mouth on government issues. Though he continues to share his thoughts about how to handle the US economy, he’ll never have the ear of a serious political contender again, let alone be one himself. What’s left of his reputation lies with his television program, his name attached to various real estate ventures (which have their financial ups and downs), and his Macy’s line, which was also the subject of a petition.

Sadly, we don’t think Trump will disappear. But, if we’re lucky, the volume of his voice will be turned down.

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