Cover Photo: The podium collapsing after Trump’s birther statement at the Old Post Office in Washington, D.C.
This morning, Donald Trump lied to the American people in front of a group of Medal of Honor recipients.
His lie was more insidious than his usual boasts and brags about his penis size and net-worth.
After hijacking cable news attention for over 30 minutes, having promised a press conference in which he would address his longhand belief that President Obama was not born in the United States, Trump said 67 words on the matter.
“Now not to mention her in the same breath but 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 American strong and great again. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you every, thank you.”
None of what he said is true and it needs to matter.
Hillary Clinton never personally mentioned the birther issue on the campaign trail. Her campaign never officially mentioned the birther issue on the campaign trail either.
Even Fox News says Hillary Clinton didn’t start the birther movement.
— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) September 16, 2016
Yes, some of her supporters did float the idea that Obama was not really from middle-America and may have been born in another part of the world.
But Trump is being supported by former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke, so what are we are really talking about here?
Donald Trump did not “finish” the controversy. There never was a legitimate controversy.
President Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 to a woman who lived most of her early life in Kansas.
He is as much as an American citizen as any other, including Donald Trump.
Donald Trump had the temerity to use military veterans as a human shield and refused to take any questions after his breathtaking series of lies at the event.
No apology. No disavowal. No regret. The absolute best the Republican presidential nominee could do was acknowledge a fact and then flee.
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) September 16, 2016
His supporters regularly use racially charged rhetoric on social media and seem to be blind in their support for him.
Asked if she is a birther: “No. If Trump says Obama was born in America he was. Whatever Trump says is true.” pic.twitter.com/pbNKzz6kCr
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 16, 2016
And now he wants us all to erase five years of questioning the birthplace of the twice elected President of the United States Of America with two lies.
He never even apologized for what many have seen as a racially charged attack and attempt to delegitimize the first African-American President.
With 58% of Americans now approving of the job that President Obama is doing, today could turn out to be the day in which the bough breaks for Trump’s nationalist campaign.
We should all do what we can to make sure that actually comes to pass.
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Cover Photo Credit: Sopan Deb/ Twitter