Trump-October Surprise: Donald Trump offers $5 million for release of Obama's college records.

Trump's "October Surprise" Falls Flat

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Oct. 24 2012 12:28 PM

Trump's "October Surprise," Unsurprisingly, Isn't One

Donald Trump's big "October Surprise" didn't turn out to be much of one, something that isn't exactly a shocker for anyone familiar with the reality TV star's publicity-seeking brand.

Trump's self-hyped announcement this afternoon was that he's offering to donate $5 million to a charity of President Obama's choice—if the president releases his college application records and transcripts, along with his passport application by the end of the month.

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The Donald's quest for the president's college records is far from new. In April of 2011, shortly after Obama released his long-form birth certificate, Trump quickly pivoted to the issue of the president's grades, suggesting that they weren't good enough to get into an Ivy League school.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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