Donald Trump has been in the public eye for decades. The GOP nominee was mostly known for his role on the hit reality TV show The Apprentice. When it comes to politics, however, he made his name as one of the leaders of the Birther movement, which alleges that President Obama was not born in the United States.
The whole movement was, of course, an insane conspiracy theory with no basis in fact, but Trump has never admitted he was wrong — until now. While promoting his new hotel, the GOP nominee conceded that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States.”
Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, isn’t likely to let the issue drop that easily. While speaking at a campaign event, she said that her opponent’s entire campaign is based on a lie.
‘For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president. His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie.’
One of the oddest things about the Birther issue is that one of Trump’s surrogates, Jason Miller, released a statement implying that the issue had been settled five years ago by Trump.
‘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. Mr. Trump did a great service to the president and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised.’
For starters, Clinton did not start the birther movement. Furthermore, we don’t recall Trump demanding George Bush, Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan release their birth certificates.
When asked about Trump’s announcement, President Obama dismissed it with a joke saying “I was pretty confident about where I was born.”
‘I, Jonathan, have no reaction and I’m shocked that a question like that would come up at a time when we’ve got so many other things to do. I’m not that shocked, actually. It’s fairly typical. We got other business to attend to. I was pretty confident about where I was born. I think most people were as well. And my hope would be that the presidential election reflects more serious issues than that. All right? Thank you very much. Appreciate it, everybody. Thank you.’
You can watch President Obama’s reaction for yourself here:
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