‘Birtherism 2.0 has officially begun as Donald Trump faces the music and is being asked to own up to the promise he made to donate $1 million to the charity of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) choice now that a DNA test provided “strong evidence” that her claims to Native American heritage are true.
Trump first responded by saying that his promise was to pay the money should Warren win the Democratic primary and face him during a debate in the 2020 presidential election.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 15, 2018
Then Trump told reporters that he would only pay the million dollars he promised under very specific conditions, and followed that with some kind of comment on Warren’s looks.
‘I’ll only do it if I can test her personally, OK? That will not be something I enjoy doing, either.’
Sen. Warren begins trolling Trump on 'promise' to give $1 million to charity: 'Tick tock, Donald' https://t.co/trfHQL7JWD
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) October 15, 2018
The actual promise came from a rally in Great Falls, Montana, when Trump told his crowd:
‘I’m gonna get one of those little kits. And in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims that she’s from Indian heritage, because her mother says she has high cheekbones..That’s her only evidence, that her mother said she had high cheekbones.
‘We will take that little kit and say — but we have to do it gently, because we’re in the #MeToo generation, so we have to be very gentle. And we will very gently take that kit, and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm, even though it only weighs probably two ounces.’
Trump Tantrums When Asked About $1 Million DNA Promise To Elizabeth Warren https://t.co/MYjUKv84Sd
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) October 15, 2018
After implying that the #MeToo movement is all about whiny women who make exaggerated and false claims, plus misrepresenting Sen. Warren’s earlier claims entirely, Trump then made the promise.
‘I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian. I have a feeling she will say no. She’s based her life on being a minority.’
The current president of the United States doesn’t realize that being female means being classified as a minority regardless of race or ancestral heritage.
First, Trump didn’t believe @BarackObama was born here and demanded to see his birth certificate. He was and still is a the champion of the racist birther movement
Then Trump engaged in more racism by derisively calling @elizabethforma Pocahontas pic.twitter.com/YBrAIOGA0Z
— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@kharyp) October 15, 2018
It’s impossible not to be reminded of how Trump rose to national prominence in politics as he questions Sen. Warren’s heritage. His birtherism campaign that stoked the racist and xenophobic fears of his rabid fanbase is echoed here, as is his denials in the face of the evidence proving him wrong.
After all, he didn’t believe President Obama’s long-form birth certificate was authentic, either.
Trump says 'who cares' after Warren takes DNA test, denies $1 million offer – CNNPolitics #SmartNews
As with his “birther” BS, he keeps up his stupid ridicule of good people. Liar-in-Chief. https://t.co/b4xoXpqOAC
— mark ledbetter (@ledbettermark) October 15, 2018
Eventually, Trump was forced to backtrack on his claims that Obama was born in Kenya and therefore ineligible to be president. He has still never apologized for them.
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