Donald Trump pretty much started his run for the presidency as head of the “birther” movement. He led the charge to prove that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in America and was therefore ineligible to hold office. He demanded that Obama present his official birth certificate to the public, and Obama complied by releasing his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii. Well that wasn’t enough proof for Trump. He thought it was a fake, and continued to question Obama’s citizenship until last Friday, when he said at the end of a thirty-minute pitch to the media about his new Washington D.C. hotel:
Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States period. Now, we all want to get back to making America strong and great again. Thank you, thank you very much.
Vox exposes the numerous lies in that fifty-two word statement.
For the absolute best television coverage of Donald Trump’s statement, watch this “Closer Look” segment from Seth Meyer’s Late Night show.
But you knew it wouldn’t be long before Donald Trump threw them some red birther meat to his deplorable, racists supporters.
CNN – Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that his statement late last week that President Barack Obama was born in the US was motivated by politics, not by a genuine change of heart.
Answering questions about the issue for the first time since his sudden change, Trump said he abandoned his long-held “birther” views on Friday because he “just wanted to get on with” his campaign.
“Well, I just wanted to get on with — you know, we wanted to get on with the campaign. And a lot of people were asking me the questions,” Trump said in an interview with local Columbus, Ohio station WSYX, when asked what had changed his position.
i.e., wink, wink, I didn’t really mean what I said on Friday. Get that? Obama wasn’t born in the United States period.