Following years of incessant claims and allegations of forgery and falsifications, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump finally admitted what the rest of the country was never in doubt about: President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Putting an end to the birther controversy had become a necessity for Trump campaign. However, the bigoted billionaire did so by blaming his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for initially starting the movement against Obama — another blatant lie.
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it,” said the GOP candidate on Friday. “You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.”
This declaration came shortly after Trump’s communications adviser, Jason Miller, released a statement to clarify the business mogul’s position on the matter.
“In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate,” read the statement — which, unsurprisingly, was also not true considering how Trump continued to bang his birther drum even after Obama released his longer birth certificate. Obama also released his birth certificate long before Trump opened his mouth about the issue.
Watch the video above for a brief history of Donald Trump and his birtherism.
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