Donald Trump: "Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it." https://t.co/wspxqEDLpj— ABC News (@ABC) September 16, 2016
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump retracted one of the biggest criticisms he's made against President Barack Obama on Friday morning.
Trump finally admitted that he knows Obama was born in the United States.
Over the course of five years, Trump has propelled the conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in this country and called on the president to release his long-form birth certificate in 2011.
Even after Obama obliged, Trump began spreading the rumor that the document was likely a fake.
Although we should be focusing on the fact that Trump has yet, again, backed out of another big lie, he found a way to shift the attention away from himself by blaming the origin of the “birther movement” on Hillary Clinton.
“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,” Trump asserted during his speech.
While everyone has been waiting for him to drop all of the birther nonsense, no one expected this wild accusation to come from it.
Following his speech, the hashtag #Birtherism began trending on Twitter with people chiming in to offer their two cents on Trump's outrageous claims.
I'm confused by Republicans claiming they're HRC's stooges in embracing birtherism as a party. "HRC made us do it" is a weird defense.— TC (@tchop__StL) September 16, 2016
Sure Hillary started #birtherism. It's why Obama made her Secretary of State.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 16, 2016
Are we even trying anymore or is everyone too tired?
This particular way of trying to rid himself of his birtherism baggage is making this louder than if he had continued dodging the question.— (((Touré))) (@Toure) September 16, 2016
Trump and his campaign are insisting that one of Clinton’s advisors named Sid Blumenthal initiated the conversation surrounding Obama’s birth when she ran against him back in 2008.
This is all clearly another one of Trump’s stunts to shift attention away from his wrongdoing by scandalizing Clinton.
Regardless of whether or not the issue was raised back in 2008, it doesn’t negate the fact that Trump has unapologetically pushed the lie for more than half a decade.
Even if Trump’s allegations were true (which they are not), Clinton would have been among many Americans, back then, who questioned Obama’s place of birth due to his biological father being Kenyan, however, after he released his short-form birth certificate in 2008, most of those doubts subsided.
There were only a few very diligent nonbelievers left, including Trump.
Accusing President Obama of being born outside of the U.S. was an argument that Trump founded his presidential campaign upon. Instead of offering an apology and acknowledging he was wrong, he chose to direct the blame onto someone else. Classic Trump antics.
Clinton responded to Trump's "sickening display" on Friday by using it to reiterate that he is unqualified to be president.
“After five years of pushing a racist conspiracy theory into the mainstream, it was appalling to watch Trump appoint himself the judge of whether the President of the United States is American,” Clinton said. “This sickening display shows more than ever why Donald Trump is totally unfit to be president.”
This shouldn't have to be said: You don’t just get to say someone else did the worst things you’ve done. It doesn’t work. No one buys it.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2016
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