The Congressional Black Caucus held a press conference on Friday to take the opportunity to blast Republican nominee Donald Trump for his part in the “birther” movement intended to discredit the first African-American president, Barack Obama.
The Caucus took the opportunity to speak up after Donald Trump once again pulled another campaign trail “non-event” by using his influence with the media to call a “press conference” on Friday that turned out to be just Donald Trump shilling for one of his new hotels. At the “event,” Donald Trump admitted that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States.”
This statement followed five years of Donald Trump using his influence with the media to perpetuate the myth that President Obama wasn’t elected legitimately due to his birthplace.
As reported in the New York Times, although Trump dropped his “birther” theory, he’s also decided that the real blame was on his opponent, Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, who also ran against Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-New York) referred to Donald Trump’s comments about birtherism “deplorable” and condemned the former reality TV star and amateur politician for his lies.
‘This is not the first time he has lied — he continues to lie He’s lied and he’s divided this country enough. He lied about Muslims, saying he saw thousands of them [celebrating] when the World Trade Center went down. He’s lied about Mexicans, he’s lied about women, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus’ PAC are not going to take it anymore.
‘This is ridiculous. If he thinks African-Americans — or any American — because I believe this is an insult to all Americans. To every one of us. This should not continue to happen.’
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) referred to Trump’s “racial dog whistle,” and his attempts to woo the worst of America to his banner through the use of race-baiting language:
‘One of the things that we are all used to in this business is dog whistles. But the thing that we’re not used to… are the howls of wolves. These are howls, these are not whistles. These are in-your-face kinds of efforts on the part of one man… in order to heap indignities on the President of the United States.’
Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-Texas) was even harder on the Republican nominee:
‘He has lived a life of bigotry. If you view America as a land of value and equality and justice, this man cannot be elected. We as African-Americans have had enough. He has debased this election, but more importantly, he has disgraced himself in his lack of respect for the President of the United States of America.’
Watch the video of the press conference below, via the Mediaite YouTube channel.
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