Donald Trump would be an absolute disaster of a president — so bad it's almost impossible to grasp.
But allow me to try.
First, this birther business. Trump got his start in national politics by peddling the racist conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in the United States. Trump attempted to memory-hole that history last week with more lies, blaming the whole thing on Hillary Clinton and claiming credit for clearing it up. But it must not be forgotten that the whole thing is a transparent smear on the first black president, created by and for outright racists, and without which Trump would not be the Republican nominee for president today.
Second, his business record. Trump's business career is his major — indeed only — argument for why he is qualified to be president, so it deserves close examination. In the reporting on his various business ventures, one consistent pattern emerges: On traditional notions of business or investing, Trump is mediocre to poor. But he is very good at enriching himself at the expense of others.