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article imageAt last Trump admits Obama born in U.S. — then starts Clinton lie

By Marcus Hondro     Sep 16, 2016 in Politics
There has been some bizarre turns of events in the U.S. election. Like Donald Trump mocking a disabled reporter and boasting about the size of his penis. Or a sick Hillary Clinton stumbling into the back seat of a van. There's plenty more.
Trump admits mistake
In fact today saw another bizarre turn when Donald Trump admitted he was wrong — that despite often claiming that he is never wrong. For five years Trump has been the de facto leader of the 'birther' movement which claims Barack Obama was not native-born, but today the Donald admitted the president was born in the U.S.A.
Despite all manner of evidence to the contrary, like Hawaii releasing the Obama long-form birth certificate in 2011, Trump persisted in insisting the president was born in Kenya. He once sent a group of investigators to Hawaii — oh, the loopy things money can buy! — to dig up proof that Obama was not born there. Not surprisingly no such proof could be found.
Trump fessed up to being wrong today after a rally at a newly opened Trump hotel in Washington. He told a surprised media the following: "President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”
Moving quickly from the brief admission to 'get back to making America great' is what his campaign spokesperson Kellyanne Conway did last week. On CNN she told Chris Cuomo Trump no longer believed Obama was born outside the U.S. and then said it was time to make America great again. They were trying to deflect from the admission, suggesting they know what an embarrassment the birther movement is.
Birther Trump blames Hillary
Now today he did not simply concede his mistake and go home or to dinner, or wherever, no he went from admitting one mistake to making another one by blaming Hillary Clinton for starting the birther nonsense. A manifestly false accusation with no merit, no substantiation whatever.
Media of all stripes have widely condemned the temerity of a man who would lead such a divisive, racist, whacky movement for so long and then turn around and blame it all on his opponent.
USA Today put it right in their headline: No, Hillary Clinton did not start the 'birther' movement. Even Canada's national newspaper, the staid Globe and Mail, made certain to make clear that Clinton did not start the birther movement, writing that "Trump’s allegation on Clinton starting the controversy is the latest example of his tendency to repeat statements that are patently false."
It's likely Trump and his team felt this day had to come, that he could not go into the debates, could not go into the final stretch of the campaign as the leader of one of the more ridiculous movements in American presidential history. So they tried to get it out of the way as painlessly as possible. It's not likely to work, though.
Indeed, the Congressional Black Congress (CBC) soonafter held a press conference in Washington to denounce Trump's efforts to deflect from his primary role in attempting to tarnish the first African-American president. Rep. G.K. Butterfield said Trump was a "disgusting fraud" while Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said Trump was "a two-bit racial arsonist." The CBC called on Trump to issue Obama an apology.
Obama strikes back
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, who had nothing whatever to do with the birther movement, tweeted "Trump has spent years peddling a racist conspiracy aimed at undermining the first African-American president. He can’t just take it back.”
And here's this: Obama remained dignified throughout this spreading of lies about his birth, saying little and never lashing out at the movement's members. In 2011 he thought the matter may have been put to rest after the release of his long-form birth certificate and even had a little fun with it at the White House correspondents dinner.
“But no one is happier, no one is prouder, to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald,” he told the crowd. “And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter: Like, did we fake the moon landing?”
Five years on, Trump is finally ready to look into it.
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