Trump concedes on birther bull

Donald Trump has publically conceded that Barack Obama was born in the USA. Until now Trump has been one of the most prominent ‘birther’ promoters, but with typical chutzpah has even blamed Hillary Clinton of starting the birther bull.

Newshub: Trump concedes Obama was born in US

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has acknowledged for the first time that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

At a campaign event at his new hotel in downtown Washington Mr Trump said: “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period,”

The presidential hopeful has questioned Mr Obama’s citizenship for years but has now reversed his opinions on a controversy that he helped launch but that has become a distraction to his White House bid.

“Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”

‘Birther’ votes are unlikely to make the difference in the election, and ‘birthers’ will probably ignore this concession and go on believing anyway.

The New York businessman led the birther movement aimed at Mr Obama, who was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father.

The issue has not been a factor in the campaign for the presidential election, but it resurfaced again in recent days, taking the focus of Mr Trump’s campaign away from topics such as immigration, trade and the economy, which he has been using to hit Ms Clinton.

Mr Trump accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of starting the so-called “birther” controversy during the 2008 primary campaign against Mr Obama, an accusation that independent fact-checking sites have rated as false.

I think he has accused Clinton of many ridiculous things, one of the reasons for his popularity. Honesty hasn’t been prominent in Trumps campaign but many seem to love being told what they want to hear rather than the truth.

From Wikipedia: Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories

During Barack Obama‘s campaign for president in 2008 and in the years following his election, many conspiracy theorieswere circulated, falsely asserting that he was not a natural-born citizen of the United States and consequently, underArticle Two of the U.S. Constitution, that he was ineligible to be President of the United States.

Such claims were promoted by fringe theorists (“birthers“), some of whom sought court rulings either declaring Obama ineligible to take office, or granting access to various documents which they claimed would evidence such ineligibility; none of these efforts were successful. Some political opponents, especially in the Republican Party, have expressed skepticism about Obama’s citizenship or been unwilling to acknowledge it; some have proposed legislation which would require presidential candidates to provide proof of eligibility.

On Trump’s involvement:

In March 2011, during an interview on Good Morning America, Donald Trump said he was seriously considering running for president, that he was a “little” skeptical of Obama’s citizenship, and that someone who shares this view shouldn’t be so quickly dismissed as an “idiot” (as Trump considers the term “birther” to be “derogatory”).

It’s ironic that he considered the term ‘birther’ to be derogatory but had no problem promoting bull about the President of ther USA.

Trump added, “Growing up no one knew him”, a claim ranked Pants-on-Fire by Politifact. Later, Trump appeared on The View repeating several times that “I want him (Obama) to show his birth certificate.” He speculated that “there’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like”, a comment which host Whoopi Goldberg described as “the biggest pile of dog mess I’ve heard in ages.”

On the March 30, 2011, edition of CNN Newsroom, anchor Suzanne Malveaux commented on Trump’s statements, pointing out that she had made a documentary for which she had gone to Hawaii and spoken with people who knew Obama as a child.

In an NBC TV interview broadcast on April 7, 2011, Trump said he would not let go of the issue, because he was not satisfied that Obama had proved his citizenship.

After Trump began making his views public, he was contacted by Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily, who was reportedly on the phone with Trump every day for a week, providing Trump with a “birther primer”, answers to questions, and advice.

After Obama released his long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011, Trump said “I am really honored and I am really proud, that I was able to do something that nobody else could do.”

On October 24, 2012, Trump offered to donate five million dollars to the charity of Obama’s choice in return for the publication of his college and passport applications before October 31, 2012.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Never mind Obama’s birth cert, where’s Trump’s tax returns?

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    • Blazer

       /  17th September 2016

      the dog ate them.

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      • Pete Kane

         /  17th September 2016

        Yea I was pleased to see Shamus Romney break with his family, and come out and support Trump.

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        • Gezza

           /  17th September 2016

          Ken: I wish people would take this issue as seriously as we do Ken. Whaddya reckon?
          Ken: Yep. Too right Ken.

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    • But that’s not trivial bull.

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    • Corky

       /  17th September 2016

      Give it time, Arty. The Prez doesn’t have to file tax returns. Donald has to win the presidency.
      That’s why he now admits that worthless piece of floatism, Obama, ain’t a birther.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  17th September 2016

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  17th September 2016

          For those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing that they like.

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          • Nelly Smickers

             /  17th September 2016

            Remember that old English idiom Kitzy ❓
            *A picture is worth a thousand words*
            It’s a pity your old computer hasn’t got enough grunt to download a few 👿

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  2. MaureenW

     /  17th September 2016

    Here’s some balance to the birther bull, this is the Benghazi /email bull, I find far more interesting.

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    • Corky

       /  17th September 2016

      Thanks Maureen. Say what you like about the Clinton’s, they are good, very very good. This woman must sleep in a bed bent around to 180 degrees. Loved Mr Gowdy….he’s one of those intelligent country hicks, liberals hate. Why? because in good ole boy fashion, they cut through the bs and tell it like it is.

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      • MaureenW

         /  17th September 2016

        Trey Gowdy is very entertaining to watch, he has plenty to say about Bill Clinton meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch as well.

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  3. Nick Ellis

     /  17th September 2016

    “It’s ironic that he considered the term ‘birther’ to be derogatory but had no problem promoting bull about the President of ther USA.”

    Like rain on your wedding day? Or a free ride when you’re already there?

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  4. Patricia Midwinter

     /  17th September 2016

    “but with typical chutzpah has even blamed Hillary Clinton of starting the birther bull.” It certainly came from the Clinton campaign. http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/09/26/washington-post-confirms-hillary-clinton-started-the-birther-movement/
    From what I’ve read the staffer was only sacked after they were rumbled.

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  5. Zedd

     /  17th September 2016

    can it be.. Drumpf has actually started listening to others ?
    as opposed to playing the race card & appealing to the ‘lowest common denominators’.. maybe he has finally realised that this ‘strategy’ is not going to get him ‘over the line’ on election day ! :/

    btw; I say “GO, Jill Stein !!” 😀

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  17th September 2016

    Apparently the Clinton campaign (also?) spread the rumour that Obama was a Muslim.

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