It never ends.
In a new article filed last night at WorldNetDaily, reporter Bob Unruh explains that Donald Trump "reached out to WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi, author of 'Where's the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama is Not Eligible to be President,' with a long list of questions about where the issue is, and where it seems to be going."
Corsi discussed the supposed phone conversation during an extended interview on Alex Jones' radio show yesterday (audio below). Though Sean Hannity (by canceling a scheduled radio interview), and Fox Business Network (by grilling Corsi and calling his theories "debunked"), have seemingly distanced themselves from Corsi, Jones represents the ideal audience for Corsi's increasingly-deranged conspiracies about the birth certificate.
As we've documented, Jones is perhaps the most prominent conspiracy theorist in the country, and describes himself as the founding father of the 9-11 "inside job" movement.
According to the write-up of the interview at Jones' website, Corsi alleged that Trump was "working with Obama" on the birth certificate issue and that Trump's incessant promotion of the issue was "subterfuge":
Appearing on the Alex Jones Show, Corsi said that he now completely discounted the apparent efforts of Donald Trump to force the release of Obama's birth certificate, stating, "I'm completely convinced at this point Donald Trump was subterfuge, that he.... was working with Obama."
Corsi explained how he was contacted directly by Trump, because Trump wanted to know what was going on behind the scenes, and that he requested several copies of Corsi's book before it was released.
Trump's role according to Corsi was to "beat the drums big" and craft a false resolution to the controversy in order to make the press "go to sleep" and get his $60 million dollar television contract with NBC, owned by General Electric, which is closely allied with the Obama administration.
In their article, WND explains that Corsi afforded Trump the opportunity to shake off allegations that he was working with Obama by recommitting himself to hyping the issue. Corsi also indicates that he was regularly in touch with Trump while the latter was making the media rounds and peddling the conspiracy theory:
"I told him he needs to publicly say that the document in the vault, the original long-form birth certificate, needs to be exposed and examined independently," Corsi said. "The doctor's records, the Kapiolani records of Ann Dunham to corroborate she was in that hospital."
"I told him if you don't press these issues you can't be surprised if there are those who think you're working with Barack Obama [on the dispute]," Corsi added.
During much of April Trump made regular appearances on talk shows and news broadcasts, and almost every time either he or the interviewer raised questions about Obama's eligibility. At the same time, he regularly was in conversation with Corsi and others who helped Corsi investigate the Obama eligibility dispute about the evidence that exists.
Enumerating the various evidence Corsi offered on Jones' show to prove that the long-form was "clearly forged," Jones' website lists "an obvious misspelling on the stamp and a 'smiley face' that appears in the signature of the doctor once the document is blown up to 800 per cent."
Just to give a brief impression of how far down the rabbit hole Corsi has now gone, the "obvious misspelling" is the not-very-mysterious case of what appears to be smudged stamp ink that we wrote about earlier this month.
The "smiley face" is a reference to an article Corsi posted earlier this week, in which Corsi compares the quest to uncover "anomlies" in Obama's birth certificate to the plot of The Da Vinci Code and explains that if you blow up the state registrar's signature to a "magnification of 800 percent, the distinct form of a smiley face can be seen on the side of the 'A' in Onaka's first name. The figure appears to be a side profile of a face with a nose, eye and mouth."
Why would the Hawaii DOH allow the document issued to the president to contain an obvious smiling face hiding within the first letter of the state registrar's signature?
Or, could it be the work of a forger leaving his mark, laughing at those who take the document seriously?:
Below is a hand-drawn version that illustrates how the face appears in the letter:
Certainly, whoever proof-read the stamp or examined the document for accuracy at the Hawaii Department of Health before releasing it to the White House either was negligent or had a unique sense of humor.
According to WND, Trump asked Corsi about the status of the (nonsense) "natural-born citizen" argument that Corsi and others have recently promoted.
Aside from a smattering of conservative bloggers and walking embarrassment Eric Bolling -- who devoted some of his Fox Business program the night that Obama released his long-form certificate to hyping conspiracies about it with Pam Geller -- conservatives have mostly been distancing themselves from birtherism.
When Trump last ran around making a fool of himself over the issue, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservative media figures used him as a conduit to hype birtherism.
If Trump wades back into it, are conservative outlets going to cheer him on again?
Here's the audio of Corsi's interview with Jones, via WND: