The New York Times has a new article today titled, “Inside the Six Weeks Donald Trump Was a Nonstop ‘Birther’” that describes Trump’s birther trial balloon during the 2011 presidential campaign, a trial balloon that burst in Trump’s face when the President released his birth certificate in April of 2011.
The article certainly makes it appear that Trump is a genuine conspiracy theorist, who pursued the theory by contacting Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily.
I don’t want to paraphrase the Times article. It’s their story. We can discuss it below.
I think it is, however, useful to revisit Trump’s Hawaii statement, and this is what he said, courtesy of the Daily News:
“I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding,” the would-be presidential candidate told NBC’s “Today.”
“You have people now out there searching – I mean, in Hawaii?” asked host Meredith Vieira.
“Absolutely,” Trump replied. “And they cannot believe what they’re finding.”
Notice that Trump’s initial statement is more or less true. There were people investigating the birth certificate. He doesn’t actually say that they work for him. But when pressed he doubled down with a bigger lie, as he does almost daily on Twitter.