After years of being the leader of, and advancing, a conspiracy theory long debunked, Donald Trump blamed Hillary Clinton for being the source of it, and took credit for resolving the very conflict which he advanced until just days ago.
Going back to at least 2011, the Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly and continuously taken the position that President Obama was not born in the United States. As the chief promoter of the so-called “birther” movement, Trump has publicly demanded various documentation only to place doubt into it when it was produced.
Most famously, even when President Obama’s long form birth certificate was produced in 2011 — a fact that was part of President Obama’s speech at the White House — Trump went to great lengths to claim that the document was a fraud, regardless of the fact that it was certified by the state of Hawaii. Trump, in fact, doubled down on his position and claimed to have hired investigators to research the claim.
Trump’s peddling in conspiracy theories regarding the President’s birth place have been the most constant and visible display of what many believe to be racism on Trump’s part. Most recently, even former secretary of state, in his hacked emails, General Colin Powell said that he believed that Trump’s birther claim was racist.
That has only been highlighted by the fact that Trump also questioned President Obama’s religion by claiming that he was Muslim, even though there is clear evidence going back decades that the President is Christian. However, as Colin Powell noted in his hacked, whether or not the President is Muslim or Christian should not make any difference.
On Thursday, Hillary Clinton had tweeted on the issue, saying that “President Obama’s successor cannot and will not be the man who led the racist birther movement. period.”
President Obama’s successor cannot and will not be the man who led the racist birther movement. Period.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2016