Donald Trump was a vocal birther back in 2011, the year Obama humiliated him at the White House Press Correspondents Dinner after releasing his birth certificate to the press. Still, Trump persisted, at least on Twitter:
An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama‘s birth certificate is a fraud.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
Now Trump doesn’t talk so much about that, but oddly some folks around him still do (and Hillary Clinton certainly has not forgotten).
The first was former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski who threw out a variant of the 2009 April Fools joke (no longer a joke when people still believe it on April 2) that Obama went to college as a foreign student. The original version had him as a foreign student at Occidental College and Lewandowski has substituted Harvard. That myth plays to xenophobic bias in people that believe that foreigners get into college ahead of them—which is demonstrably not the case. You can read the full story at the New York Times.
Now Trump’s campaign chair for New York, Carl Paladino, said that most folks are convinced Obama is a Muslim, and he says that Obama is “not a Christian.” That story was covered by several news outlets including the Huffington Post. Readers here may remember that Paladino was the Thrifty car rental franchise owner who in 2012 put “Vote for the AMERICAN” bumper stickers on his rentals. While Paladino defended his actions by saying Obama just acted un-American, it was uncovered that Paladino had tweeted support for a fake Kenyan birth certificate for Obama and forwarded birther emails.