It’s been like pulling teeth, but finally Donald Trump this morning uttered the words, reports CNN. At a rally Trump falsely stated that Hillary Clinton started the birther controversy, and Trump claims that he “finished” it, despite being unwilling to admit that he finished it for five and a half years. Perhaps if he had said the controversy was over in 2011, rather than continuing to milk it all these years, it might really have been somewhat diminished (these things are never really finished). Here’s what Trump said:
President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.
The Washington Post responded:
For years, Trump has been the most prominent backer of the so-called birther movement, which lurked in the dark corners of the Internet until Trump forced it into the mainstream. While drumming up publicity for his own possible run for the White House during the last election cycle, Trump began to aggressively question Obama’s qualifications for office. Trump never came out and said where he thinks the president was born, but he demanded to see the president’s longform birth certificate and other records. Trump also claimed to have hired investigators.
I don’t really know what Trump believes, not now nor in 2011 when his TV appearances revitalized the nearly dead and gone Birther Movement. And who knows, Trump might pick it up again if his birther polling numbers go down.
With that correction, we are left with only 175 reasons not to vote for him as president.