If you bet Donald Trump’s “October Surprise revelation” would be “nothing,” then congratulations. After days of coy hints and fanfare, Trump revealed that he has no news to share, but promised to donate $5 million to Obama’s favorite charity if the president releases his college records:
Donald Trump said on Wednesday that if President Obama releases his college records and application and his passport application, the businessman will give a $5 million check to a charity of Obama’s choosing.
I’m sure the timing of this circus act had absolutely nothing to do with Trump trying to divert attention from his recent professional problems. (Okay, it probably did). But this is actually one of the least damaging scenarios Romney could have hoped for. If Trump had released Obama’s divorce records or carried on about the birth certificate again, it would have been a huge embarrassment for Republicans. But it won’t be a surprise if the Obama campaign decides to latch onto Trump’s announcement anyway. They’ve spent the last two weeks talking about Romnesia and binders, and with this morning’s Benghazi bombshell they’re probably more eager than ever to change the subject.
And there are more distractions on the way. Gloria Allred is preparing her own “October Surprise” revelation this week, which sounds like it’s about old testimony Romney gave in a divorce trial for a close friend (via Radar):
Famed civil rights attorney Gloria Allred will be in a Boston area courtroom Wednesday in an attempt to unseal the sworn testimony given by Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, in a prior court case, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
“The Boston Globe is headed to court tomorrow morning for an emergency hearing in an attempt to obtain a court order to unseal the sworn testimony given by Mitt Romney in a prior court case and to lift a gag order so that the parties can speak about Romney. Gloria Allred will be in court representing one of the parties in the case,” a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com.
Any day talking about Trump and Allred is a day Obama’s not talking about Libya and the economy.